A Short Study of Genesis 49:10

“The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
(Genesis 49:10)

Let us often be reminded that Shiloh is first mentioned by a dying man speaking to bless dying men. His one and only hope of blessing depended on Gods’ promised Redeemer, which in this place is called Shiloh: Shiloh as it here appears is set before us in such a way as to show death and joy hand in hand. Standing on the brink of eternity God’s elect, with an eye to Shiloh, is able to bless his hearers with the confident assurance that what God has promised He will surely bring to pass. What a blessed thought, to be able to turn the minds of mourning children to the coming of Him who is all in all. Who is this Shiloh?

In Revelation, chapter 5, John tells us He is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, riches, wisdom, strength, honour, glory, and blessings. (See Revelation 5:6-13)

Shiloh also means sent. In John, chapter 9, the Lord Jesus anointed the eyes of a man and told him to go wash in the pool of Siloam. Siloam means Waters of Shiloh.

Shiloh also means son. The Shiloh of whom Jacob speaks has a duel son-ship: He is the Son of God and the Son of Man.

Shiloh signifies peace. Apart from Christ there can be no peace. He is our peace who has reconciled us to God by His own blood and righteousness.

Shiloh means the one to whom it belongs. The sceptre shall not depart from Judah until Shiloh come. The sceptre is for Him to whom it belongs. He is the Son of God and heir of all things. “He is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: Who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell.” (Colossians 1:17-19

What can this dying man say to dying men who come to be blessed of God? Look to Shiloh (Christ) who has taken the sceptre from Judah and now reigns at the right hand of God to bless the whole house of Israel.

D. Pruitt

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