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Shiloh


Shiloh...place of rest.

Since learning the meaning behind this word last year, it has become one of my favorite words. We see the word Shiloh in multiple places in the Old Testament:

  • "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 KJV

  • "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." Joshua 18:1

  • "So they said, 'Behold, there is the yearly feast of the Lord at Shiloh, which is north of Bethel, on the east of the highway that goes up from Bethel to Shechem, and south of Lebonah.” Judges 21:19

  • "Now this man used to go up year by year from his city to worship and to sacrifice to the Lord of hosts at Shiloh, where the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests of the Lord." 1 Samuel 1:3

These are just a few of the many times that we see Shiloh in the Bible. Let's take a closer look at the first scripture passage from Genesis. Here we see the word Shiloh used as a name prophetically for Christ (Until Shiloh come). The meaning of this is  "one who pacifies." As scripture unfolds we learn that Christ is the only one who can pacify our sin. He is the only one who can give true peace.  In fact He is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).  Christ not only provided peace by dying on the cross but He is peace personified! This means that He is our peace and in turn, peace is not something, but rather someone.  

Now let us look at the other scriptures. We see also that Shiloh was a place. In Judges we are told that there is a yearly feast that takes place at Shiloh and denotes the location of the gathering. We also see in 1 Samuel that Elkanah would go up to Shiloh every year to worship and sacrifice. It is noted that Shiloh was one of the earliest and most sacred of the Hebrew sanctuaries before the Temple was built in Jerusalem. The ark of the covenant was kept at Shiloh from the last days of Joshua to th