scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between
his feet, until Shiloh comes" (Genesis 49:10, NKJV).
title, "Shiloh," first appeared in Scripture as
part of Jacob's parting blessing on his son Judah. The word
means "tranquility" or "rest giver."
is also used as a messianic title of Jesus. It is a most fitting
designation of Jesus, the promised Messiah, whose birth was
accompanied by the angelic announcement, "On earth peace,
good will toward men!" (Luke 2:14, NKJV). In her inspired
commentary on Shiloh, Ellen White observed that, "In
the Child of Bethlehem was veiled the glory before which angels
bow. This unconscious babe was the promised seed... This was
Shiloh, the peace giver."--The Desire of Ages,
p. 52. As Shiloh, the giver of rest and peace, Christ had
finally come in His incarnate form. The Shiloh specified in
Jacob's blessing came in human form "to reconcile all
things to Himself, by Him... having made peace through the
blood of His cross" (Colossians 1:20, NKJV). In His role
as Shiloh, Jesus extends His gracious invitation to all humanity,
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and
I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28, NIV).
prophetic blessing on Judah goes beyond the rest and peace
that believers enjoy here and now in Christ, the promised
Shiloh. It takes the redeemed to the time of the final establishment
of the kingdom of glory when Jesus, the true Messiah, will
reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. Then will the prophecy
ultimately be fulfilled: "Unto him shall the gathering
of the people be" (Genesis 49:10). Then will Shiloh,
the rightful and righteous ruler, usher in the era of eternal
peace and rest. Then all the universe will pulsate with harmony
and tranquility forever.
Prayer Today: Lord, prepare me for the ushering
in of Your reign of peace. Amen.