The Eternal Scepter
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.
New King James Bible
These are the words of the Patriarch Jacob as he told his sons what would happen to them in generations to come. In speaking to his son Judah he said that the sceptre would not depart Judah's tribe.
As we look at the history since then, we realise that this is ultimately a prophecy about the Lord Jesus Christ. The sceptre stands for rulership. King David was the first king of Israel who came from Judah and God promised David that he would have a descendant who would be the greatest king of all.
God was speaking about the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. He was from the royal line of Judah and thus a descendant of king David. He is the One referred to here as Shiloh, the One who brings peace. Jesus is the Prince of Peace.
If we will invite Him into our lives, He will bring peace into every area where we allow Him access.
But the condition for Jesus to bring us peace is not only allowing Him access to us, but is also found in giving Him our obedience. The final phrase of this verse says, "...and to Him shall be the obedience of the people."
If you want the peace that Shiloh offers, you have to decide to obey Him daily.
Father, it is sometimes difficult to give up my own way and my own plans and obey You.
But I need the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ to permeate right through my life - into every corner - and bring me to a place of rest in You.
So today I make the decision to change my lifestyle to one of obeying You. This is new to me and I need Your help.
Needing Your help is also new to me since I've always known what to do in the past.
Thanks for Your understanding and patience with me while I learn the ways of obedience,
in Jesus' name I pray, Amen.