Sunday, 24 December 2000 00:00

Shiloh Has Come

Genesis 49:10 (KJV)

The scepter 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.

You must make your choice. Either this man was and is the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to." C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

  1. The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem—(Micah 5:2).
  2. The Messiah would be born of a virgin—(Isaiah 7:14).
  3. The Messiah would be existent before His birth—(Micah 5:2).
  4. The Messiah would suffer and die for His people by crucifixion—(Isaiah 53:12).
  5. The Messiah would become the righteousness of His people—(Jeremiah 23:6).

"The scepter 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).

Shiloh—a Jewish idiom (or name) for "the Messiah."
Judah—the name of Jacob's son and the name of the Southern Kingdom of Israel.
The sceptor—the tribal staff or tribal identity of Judah.
A lawgiver from between his feet—the ability to apply and enforce Mosaic laws.

Specifically, Judah's right to adjudicate and administer capital punishment.

"The (national identity of Judah) shall not depart from Judah, nor (the ability to enforce Mosaic law, including the right to administer capital punishment) shall leave Judah, until Shiloh come." (Genesis 49:10).

  1. WHEN did JUDAH lose her national identity?
  2. And when did JUDAH lose the right to administer capital punishment?

Rome destroyed the Temple and Jerusalem (capital of Judah) in 70 AD. Judah ceased to exist as a nation. 70 AD was the culmination of years of conflict between the Jews and Rome.

"A little more than forty years before the destruction of the Temple, the power of pronouncing capital sentences was taken away from the Jews."The Talmud, folio 24.

"Woe unto us for the scepter has departed from Judah and the Messiah has not come." (The Sanhedrin as recorded by the Babylonian Talmud, Ch. 4, folio 37.)

  1. Our sins are forgiven because—Shiloh has come.
  2. Our lives have meaning because—Shiloh has come.
  3. Our Bible can be trusted because—Shiloh has come.
  4. We celebrate with joy this Christmas Eve, because—SHILOH HAS COME!

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