By Gene Rowe, Jr.
Near the end of his life Jacob called his twelve sons together for the purpose of blessing them, and informing them of their future in life. (Gen. 49:1-2) The most significant of all blessings was bestowed upon Judah in the fact that "the sceptre would not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet until SHILOH come." (Gen. 49:10)
The word "Shiloh" means tranquil, Messiah, peacemaker, and "the one to whom it belongs." Isaiah prophesied Christ's role as Messiah in Isaiah 61:1-3, which was fulfilled in Luke 4:16-19. Isaiah also prophesied concerning Christ being the "prince of peace," in Isaiah 9:6, which was fulfilled at the birth of Christ in Luke 2:14, also him being described as "our peace," in Ephesians 2:13-14.
Christ's kingship and dominion is also prophesied in Daniel 7:13-14, Ezekiel 21:25-27, and Zechariah 6:12-13, which was fulfilled after the resurrection of Christ, and the beginning of his kingdom in Matthew 28:18, Acts 2:36, and Ephesians 1:19-23.
One fact that remains undeniable is that Christ came from the tribe of Judah as told in Hebrews 7:14, and Revelation 5:5. The sceptre and the staff as mentioned by Jacob represented authority and royal power. In Jewish culture, the staff was placed between the feet of dignitairies to symbalize their power, and the sceptre carried by a king was an emblem of authority.
Jesus Christ is the only one who can provide true peace, and he is the only one qualified to be the lawgiver. Christ also is the only one that can gather all nations of individuals together. (Matt. 11:28-30; John 10:16 ; Ephesians 1:11-16; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:46-47; Acts 4:10-12)
Recognize and acknowledge his authority and power, and OBEY HIM! (Hebrews 5:8-9)
- Gene Rowe, Jr. is the minister of the church of Christ (Westward Ave.), Texas City, Texas. He may be contacted at GTrowe67@aol.com