[Joshua 18:1 ESV] 1 Then the whole congregation of the people of Israel assembled at Shiloh and set up the tent of meeting there. The land lay subdued before them.
- A prophecy of things to come
[Gen 49:10 ESV] 10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
[Gen 49:10 NKJV] 10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him [shall be] the obedience of the people.
- Jacob’s prophecy over his son Judah – concerning the Tribe of Judah
- Some say it is a direct prophecy of the Messiah who would come and establish his rule.
- Some say it is a prophetic reference to establishment of the nation, which Shiloh represents.
- Some say it is contracted Hebrew word meaning “that which is his,” phonetically spelling the word “Shiloh.”
- King David later establishes the capital of the nation first in Hebron, then in Jerusalem, both in the Tribe of Judah.
- Prophecy of Nathan in 2 Samuel 7
- Prophecy of Psalm 132
- Shiloh represents the beginning of this fulfillment, spoken of more than 500 years before Joshua set up the Tabernacle in Shiloh.
- Shiloh may very well have been named so because of Jacob’s words concerning Judah.
- The promise of peace
- Shiloh marked a period of peace for Israel.
- “The land lay subdued before them. “
- Some scholars have noted the similarity between the Hebrew words “Shiloh” and “shalom”
- Shiloh certainly marked a period of peace about six years of the conquest of Canaan.
- There was still work to be done but God was fulfilling His promise to Israel that they would have cities they did not build (Joshua 24:13).
- Hope in despair
1 Samuel 1 tells us the story of Hannah who longed for a child and was even ridiculed because she did not have a child.
- She waited
- She cried
- By her own statement she was anxious and “vexed”
- She prayed
- And when God answered her prayer, Hannah fulfilled her promise to God and literally gave her son to serve in the temple in Shiloh.
- Peril in disobedience
- 1 Samuel 3 tells the story of young Samuel as he heard the voice of God calling him at night in the temple in Shiloh.
- What did God say to Samuel?
- It was a prophecy of judgment upon the house of Eli the priest because of his evil sons and Eli’s lack of correction.
- [Jer 7:12 ESV] 12 Go now to my place that was in Shiloh, where I made my name dwell at first, and see what I did to it because of the evil of my people Israel.
- [Jer 26:6 ESV] 6 then I will make this house like Shiloh, and I will make this city a curse for all the nations of the earth.'"
- [Psa 78:60 ESV] 60 He forsook his dwelling at Shiloh, the tent where he dwelt among mankind,
- God’s promise
- God’s promises are extended to you and me through Jesus the Messiah – our savior – who was promised to us. This promise is not only seen in Shiloh, but has been promised even while Adam and Eve were still in the Garden of Eden.
- We have the promise of peace: Ephesians 2:14 says, “He (Jesus) himself is our peace.”
- We have hope in despair.
- [Rom 15:13 ESV] 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
- Through Jesus we are rescued from the peril of disobedience.
[2Tim 4:18 ESV] 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.