Shiloh…the Position of Peace


Are you reading the Bible through with me? Grab your pen and journal, and get ready to write your thoughts as you journey through the Bible.

Today, read Joshua 16-18.

In these chapters, the allotments continue as the people of Israel, who had finally entered the Promised Land were deciding where everyone would settle with land of their own.

Land was divided according to families and tribes by Joshua. As the leader of God’s people, Joshua was determined to keep the peace, make sure everything was divided fairly, and every tribe received their fair share.

But the place chosen for this endeavor was called Shiloh. The Old Testament name for the coming Messiah is “Shiloh”, which is translated as “He Whose it is”, or “rest and peace”.

It was at Shiloh that Joshua placed the Tabernacle, a place of peace. It was significant that Joshua brought all the people together at this place to pass out the allotments. It was to be a place and time of peace and rest.

To be restful and peaceful in spirit requires an abiding relationship with the Lord Jesus, keeping Him at the center of your life. If your life is frazzled, relations fractured, and your road into the future looks dark, then surrender control to the One Who can give you rest, peace, and healing.

Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

God’s promises are absolute. He is the answer for a frenzied, unhappy life. He will give you peace and rest.

In your journal, write out the verses found in Matthew 11:28-30, and John 14:27.

Make a list of everything that makes your life chaotic. Pray for each item on your list, turning each one over to the Lord of Peace.

PRAY: Jehovah Shalom, Lord of Peace, there is no real peace of mind, heart, and spirit apart from You. It was the Lord Jesus Who said, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you” Lord, I want to experience the peace of the Lord. Strengthen my resolve to abide in Jesus, for that is the only way to know and experience His peace.