24 Days of Advent Scripture Devotionals

Day 4 – Until Shiloh Comes

The Procession in the Streets of Jerusalem – James Tissot

Genesis 49:10

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. – Genesis 49:10 NKJV

The name Shiloh comes from the same root word for Shalom, meaning peace. This blessing that Jacob spoke to his son Judah in Genesis 49 was a prophetic word regarding the coming Messiah, the Prince of Peace.

The term “scepter” refers to the ability of the Jewish people to maintain their tribal identity and to enforce Mosaic laws and adjudicate capital offenses. Even during the Babylonian captivity the tribes maintained their identity and had judges. (Reference: Josh McDowell’s Evidence that Demands a Verdict)

During the time of Jesus, and definitely with the overthrow of Jerusalem in 70 AD by the Romans, the authority for the Jewish leaders to punish capital offenses was removed. The scepter, the ruling authority over the nation, had departed from Israel. And thus the prophecy is fulfilled. The scepter did not depart from Judah until Shiloh, The Messiah, had come.

It is also interesting to note that the phrase “and to Him shall be the obedience of the people” has also been translated “the gathering of the people” (e.g., KJV). Recall that when Jesus was lamenting over Jerusalem he said:

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ” – Matthew 23:37-39 NKJV

Hymn: O Come, O Come Emmanuel

The words of this hymn “Veni, veni Emanuel” were gathered from various “antiphons” by an unknown author in the 12th century. In 1856 Thomas Helmore set the words to the tune of a 15th Cen­tu­ry pro­cess­ion­al of French Fran­cis­can nuns.

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel

O come, Thou Wisdom from on high
And order all things mightily
To us the path of knowledge show
And teach us in her ways to go

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
From depths of hell Thy people save
And give them victory over the grave

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight

O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease
And be Thyself our King of Peace

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  1. Beautiful. Our Shiloh has come and reigns in our heart, no matter what tempest swirls around us. Thanks, Papa, for this labor of love.