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With New Testament Eyes: 11 - Shiloh

By Henry Mahan


      Genesis 49:8-10

      Before the written word was given, God spoke to the fathers in various ways about the coming Messiah. Who can say what Abel understood as he, by faith, brought the blood sacrifice?

      Who knows what Enoch understood (Jude 14), or Abraham, of whom Christ said, 'He rejoiced to see my day'?

      In this chapter the dying Jacob (Israel) called his twelve sons together for the purpose of prophesying future things relating to the twelve tribes which descended from them. He had a word for all of them; but Judah is praised and good things are prophesied of him, particularly that 'Shiloh,' or the Messiah, should spring from him. From the tribe of Judah came David, Solomon, and the Lord Jesus. The Israelites are called Jews.

      Over Christ's cross was written, 'Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.' Paul wrote, 'He is a Jew which is one inwardly' (Rom. 2:28-29). What Jacob said of Judah, he spoke with regard to the Lord Jesus.

      v. 8 'Thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise.' The name Judah means 'praise.' His mother gave him that name when he was born and said, 'Now I will praise the Lord' (Gen. 29:35). Christ Jesus, our Messiah and King, is worthy of, deserving, and shall have the sincere praise of his people.

      'Now to the Lord, that makes us know
      the wonders of his eternal love,
      be humble honors paid below
      and strains of nobler praise above.

      To Jesus our atoning priest,
      to Jesus our superior King
      be everlasting praise confessed,
      and every tongue his glories sing.'

      Nothing is more inconsistent with faith than murmuring and unhappiness.

      v. 8 'Thy hand shall be on the neck of thy enemies.' When one has his hands securely on the neck of his enemies, he can stop the breath and destroy them. Christ shall be victorious over his enemies (Heb. 1:13).

      1. Our Lord met Satan and defeated him.

      2. Our Lord took our sins to the cross and conquered.

      3. Our Lord met death, lay in a tomb, and arose triumphantly.

      4. There is no enemy of his, his people, nor his kingdom that shall not finally be destroyed.

      v. 8 'Thy father's children shall bow down before thee.'

      It is true that the nation Israel bowed before David and Solomon and the kings of Judah, and this prophecy refers immediately to that; but the greater honor and glory, is reserved for David's son, before whom not only believers shall bow but the entire universe (Phil. 2:9-11). He is Lord by his deity, by the Father's design and decree, and he is Lord by death (Rom. 14:9; 10:9- 10).

      v. 9 'Judah is a lion's whelp.'

      The Lord Jesus is compared to a young lion because of his strength, power, and courage. The lion is called the king of the jungle. Our Lord is called 'the lion of the tribe of Judah' (Rev. 5:5).

      'From the prey, my son, thou art gone up.' He left heaven and came to this earth to engage the enemy and redeem a people by his mighty arm. He has accomplished that work ('it is finished') and ascended to the right hand of majesty.

      'He stooped down.' Was ever such a stoop as this? He made himself of no reputation, took on himself the form of a servant. He became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross (Phil. 2:7-8).

      'As an old lion, who shall rouse him up?' He stooped, he conquered, he arose, he ascended, he sat down, having accomplished his pleasure. Who shall disturb him? Who shall question him? Who shall interfere or stand against him? Like an old lion who has killed and devoured his prey, who shall rouse him?

      v. 10 'The sceptre shall not depart from Judah until Shiloh come.'

      Here is the great and glad word! Here is the great prophecy! The Messiah shall come through the tribe of Judah, the family of Jesse, and the house of David. Where did Jacob get that name?

      God gave him a special name for a special person and a special time. Here are some of the meanings given to the word by various writers.

      1. Shiloh means sent (John 9:7).

      Some point out the likeness between Siloam and Shiloh. Christ is truly the sent one. 'As my Father sent me...'

      2. Shiloh means the son, others say (Isa. 9:6-7).

      He is the true Son of God, the Son of David, and the Son of man.

      3. Shiloh means 'the one to whom it belongs' (Ezek. 21:25-27).

      The sceptre, the crown, the throne, and the worship belong to him. All others are imposters (Col. 1:14-18).

      4. Shiloh means peace.

      It is said that the word comes from the same word as 'Salem, King of Peace.' The Lord Jesus is our peace (Rom. 5:1). He made peace through the blood of his cross.

      v. 10 'To him shall the gathering of the people be.' The object of his covenant, his cross, and his coming to earth was to redeem a people and gather them to himself forever.

      They shall come! In repentance, faith, and love, they shall come! (John 6:37-39; John 10:14-16; John 17:1-10).

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See Also:
   Foreward & Acknowledgements
   1 - The Fall
   2 - Abel's Offering
   3 - The Ark Of Noah
   4 - Sarah and Hagar; Law and Grace
   5 - The Lord Will Provide
   6 - A Bride for the Heir
   7 - Bethel - The House of God
   8 - Peniel - The Face of God
   9 - Joseph Opens the Storehouses
   10 - Joseph and His Brothers
   11 - Shiloh
   12 - The Passover
   13 - The Manna
   14 - Water from the rock
   15 - The Blood Before the Lord
   16 - The Ram of Consecration
   17 - The Day of Atonement
   18 - Caleb - The Faithful Dog
   19 - The High Priest Intercedes
   20 - The Brazen Serpent
   21 - A Prophet Like Moses
   22 - The Cities of Refuge
   23 - Joshua
   24 - The Scarlet Line in the Window
   25 - The birth of Samson
   26 - The Kinsman Redeemer
   27 - The Song of Hannah
   28 - Give us a King
   29 - Saul's Great Sin
   30 - David and Mephibosheth
   31 - Why God Permitted David to Fall
   32 - Comfort from God's Covenant
   33 - I Will Not Offer to God that which Cost me Nothing
   34 - The Queen of Sheba Comes to Solomon
   35 - Three Examples of Faith
   36 - Where is the Lord God of Elijah?
   37 - Empty Vessels Filled
   38 - Naaman, the Leper
   39 - Open his Eyes that He may See
   40 - Four Lepers Teach us a Lesson
   41 - Nehushtan--A Piece of Brass
   42 - Bringing Back the Ark
   43 - Uzziah's Great Transgression
   44 - Four Things Learned in Trouble
   45 - How Can Man be Just With God?
   46 - Three Vital Questions
   47 - I Know that my Redeemer Liveth
   48 - Now Mine Eye Seeth Thee
   49 - The Psalm of Messiah the King
   50 - God's two great books
   51 - The Psalm of the Cross
   52 - The Lord is my Shepherd
   53 - True God - True Israel - True Redeemer
   54 - Eight Great Precepts
   55 - My Hope is in Thee
   56 - Many, O Lord, Are Thy Wonderful Works
   57 - A Song of Love
   58 - The Sinner's Prayer
   59 - My Rock and my Salvation
   60 - Our Lord's Sufferings for Our Sins
   61 - Mercy and Truth are Met Together
   62 - The Victory of the Messiah
   63 - Bless the Lord, O my Soul
   64 - Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So
   65 - The King-Priest
   66 - The Chief Cornerstone
   67 - The Observer and the Observed
   68 - Praise the Lord O my Soul
   69 - Wisdom in Christ
   70 - The Conclusion of the Whole Matter
   71 - Remember Now Thy Creator
   72 - My Beloved is Mine and I am His
   73 - What is Thy Beloved more than Another Beloved?
   74 - The Lord Our Righteousness
   75 - The Believers Hope
   76 - From Nothing to Everything
   77 - Lost, Driven Away, Broken, Sick
   78 - Can These Bones Live?
   79 - Four Things God Taught Nebuchadnezzar
   80 - Thy God Will Deliver Thee
   81 - Hosea--Type of Christ
   82 - A Famine to be Feared
   83 - Salvation is of the Lord
   84 - A Fountain Opened for Mourners
   85 - The Messenger of the Covenant

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