Shiloh, The Prince Of Peace

Below are notes to a sermon preached Sunday evening, February 29, 2004, at Gospel Light Baptist Church, Albany, Georgia. 


By Michael D. O’Neal                      Pastor, Gospel Light Baptist Church                        Albany, Georgia

Scripture Reading: Genesis 49:8-12

Text: Genesis 49:10

Genesis 49:10 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.

Introduction: Our text has its problems. What or who is Shiloh? Shiloh is in other places of scripture a city, but here it appears to be a person who was to come. If you conduct the larger Bible dictionaries and encyclopedias, you will conclude that no one knows for sure and that the problem is probably that the text has been mistranslated.

This is standard operating procedure for unsaved or unbelieving scholars. If they run into a passage they don’t understand, they assume that it must be in error. Well, let’s assume that the text is CORRECT just like it stands and that the SCHOLARS are in error!

Let’s assume that the reference IS to a person, that it is to a person who was to come, and let’s see if we might be able to determine from the
context exactly who that person is.

Let me go ahead and say that I believe the reference is another one to the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Remember that Jesus said:

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

The book of Genesis, the first book of Moses, is one of those scriptures that testifies of JESUS, for Jesus said later in the same chapter:

John 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.

Moses wrote of JESUS. Our Lord held a little post-resurrection Bible study with two of His disciples,

Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Tonight we’re going to look into the context of the prophecy about Judah and this “Shiloh” and see if we don’t see this to be a prophecy of the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ:

Tonight’s message is titled:



Genesis 49:8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.

A. He will be praised – “he whom thy brethren shall praise”

B. He will be powerful – “thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies”

C. He will be preeminent and sovereign – “thy father’s children shall bow down before thee”


Genesis 49:9 Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?

Hebrews 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

A. He was raised up through Judah

B. He roars as a lion

C. He will rule as king of beasts

Do you see Jesus YET?

Then in the very next verse …


Genesis 49:10 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.

A. His reign was predicted

B. His reign was postponed

C. His reign will be powerful


Genesis 49:10 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.

Christ’s gathering the people:

A. Through His redemptive work on Calvary

B. Through regeneration and union of the Spirit

C. Through the restoration of Israel in the Tribulation and Millennium

D. At the rapture and resurrection


Genesis 49:11-12 Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes: 12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk.

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.


A. His steed – an ass’s colt

B. His suit – garment dipped in blood

C. His smile – white with pleasure of the Lord

The name “Shiloh” means peace, peaceful, peacemaker, security!

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Colossians 1:20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 

Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Luke 2:13-14 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.


Michael D. O’Neal (Proverbs 11:30), Pastor,  Gospel Light Baptist Church 
P.O. Box 3071 (237 Lockett Station Road), Albany, GA 31706
(229) 432-0039 (church) / (229) 698-2127 (parsonage)
*Scriptures in my notes are from the Authorized Version 1611 -KJV- and are used by permission of the Author – Ephesians. 6:17*
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