To find the thought of God concerning anything we must look at the very first time a word or thing is mentioned in the Bible. The first time that the word Shiloh is used in the Bible is Genesis 49:10. This wonderful prophetic promise speaks about a person called Shiloh. We are told that the sceptre—the right to rule in kingship—will be connected to the tribe of Judah and will continue as such until Shiloh comes. The tribe of Judah was the tribe of King David and later of Jesus Christ. The sceptre—the right to rule as king—and the power to give forth the law of God—would remain in Judah and be fulfilled in Shiloh. This one who is called Shiloh shall reign as a king and also give forth the law of God. He would be the most perfect teacher of God’s law that has ever been. Even more perfect than king David.
One other thing about Shiloh is that when He does come“unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” God’s people will gather unto this person. His ruling and teaching ministry will draw many unto Him. He shall be the gathering place of God’s people. He will be the focus of their gathering together. They gather to a person—not a tribe, system, creed or building. This has always been God’s plan—that His people would gather unto and around Jesus Christ. That every time they gather together it will be unto Him. That even when two or three are gathered together there He would be in the midst. Whether in meetings, family life, or for any other occasion—before meetings, during meetings, after meetings, during the week—when believers are together it is with an awareness that Christ is one of their number.