Judah {יְהוּדָ֑ה} Means Praise!

Genesis 29:31-35
“When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren. So Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben; for she  said, “The Lord has surely looked on my affliction. Now therefore, my husband will love me.” Then she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the Lord has heard that I am unloved, He has therefore given me this son also.” And she called his name Simeon.  She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will become attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore his name was called Levi.  And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Now I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she stopped bearing.”
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Poor Leah.  All she wanted was for her husband to love her.  She saw that her sister, Rachel, was obvious favorite, but the LORD also saw what was happening.  He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren.
Four Sons.

Leah gave birth to three sons right in a row:  Reuben, Simeon, and Levi.  She thought that maybe this would win favor with her husband, but no, it didn’t happen.  He still preferred her sister.

By the time Judah came along, she who had tried so desperately to get her husband’s attention, finally stopped obsessing over her lot in life.  She decided, instead, to PRAISE THE LORD!  That’s why she named him “Yehudah.”  Judah means “Praise.”

The Promised One.

Years later, when Jacob was near death, he spoke blessings over his sons.  They are all recorded for us in Genesis 49.  Part of Judah’s blessing went like this:  “Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise.” Gen. 49:8.  The message is,  “When we finally give up all our striving, all our sweating, straining and struggling and just praise the Lord, He’ll work everything out for our benefit.”
Judah himself is more than ample proof of this.  From this son of Leah’s would come THE ONE Who would save the whole world.  THE MOST important person of all time, our Jesus, came from the tribe of Judah.  The whole world has reason to praise!
Reading Hebrew scroll
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Secret In The Hebrew Letters. 

Hebrew reads from right to left and is a form of picture writing like Chinese.  The letters that God uses to form words give us a glimpse from God’s point of view and reveal things you’d never get in any definition.

The Hebrew spelling of Judah’s name reveals something beautiful about Jesus. It is spelled like this in Hebrew:
[יהודה]
The letters are “Yod-hei-vav-dalet-hei.”
[י] Yod= open hand
[ה] Hei= grace
[ו]  Vav= nail
[ד] Dalet= door
[ה] Hei= grace

God’s name, Yahweh, is spelled “yod-hei-vav-hei [יהוה]”  The letter “dalet [ד]” is added to spell, “Yehudah.”
The letters of Yahweh’s name paint this picture:
“Hand of grace, nailed in Grace.”  It’s a picture of Jesus nailed to the cross!
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The 4 letters of the Name of God plus the letter “dalet [ד],” which means “door,” paint another word picture:  His name tell us “PRAISE OPEN THE DOOR TO GOD!”  And Who is the door to God? JESUS!!!  He is the door of the sheep fold through Whom we can safely go in and out safely and find pasture.

As if that weren’t awesome enough, there’s more. The root word for “Yehuda” is this word:   [ידה] YADA.  It also means, “praise.” From right to left, the letters are:

[י] yod [ד] dalet [ה] hei: “Hand opening the door to grace.”

So, Jesus is the door to God, praise opens the door to grace, and what, or more to the point, Who is Grace?  JESUS!!!

Meanings In The Hebrew Names.
Leah had her own agenda in naming her four sons.  Her focus was on herself and her situation.  That’s why she named #1 Reuben because she said, “The Lord has surely looked on my affliction.”
She named her 2nd son, “Simeon,” saying, “…the Lord has heard that I am unloved.”  Her 3rd son she named, “Levi,” confessing that, “Now this time my husband will become attached to me.”  And, as you know, she named her 4th son, “Judah,” that we have discussed above.
God’s focus was quite a bit different; 180 degrees opposite.  His is all about His Son!  Reuben means, “See the son;” Simeon means, “Hear” (the Son); Levi means “Attached” (to the Son); and Judah means, “Praise (the Son).”
How To Live A Life Of Praise.
This is the secret to turning away from your problems and looking unto Jesus.  First, “See the son.”  Focus on Him and not on you or your problems.  Second, “Hear the Son.”  Listen to anointed messages, teachings, read books so you can “Hear” all about Jesus.  Doing those things will cause you to be more and more “Attached”to Jesus, giving way to a life Praising the Lord!
Leah Got Her Wish.
It’s nice to know that, somewhere along the way, Leah got her heart’s desire.  Jacob did learn to love her at last because, when he died, guess who he wanted to be buried next to?  LEAH!
So, when you feel like it, when you don’t feel like it, when there’s nothing else you or I can do, and even if there is, in everything and at all times, what does Our Father say?  See Jesus, hear Jesus, become attached to Jesus, and you will always want to
PRAISE THE LORD!

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