08
Apr
12

Peace at Last in Shiloh

God is encouraging the people in the book of Haggai to rebuild His physical house, making it a place of order and desirability.  We’re talking here about the actual construction of the temple – that it be restored.  And what is the reward for doing this?

“This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land.  I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the LORD Almighty.  ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the LORD Almighty.  ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the LORD Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the LORD Almighty.”  — Haggai 2:6-9

Peace.  God’s promise to His people is peace, if they will simply honor Him above all else.  This is a simple and direct promise – but it means so much.  The Hebrew word used for peace in this last verse is shalom – you can listen to it here.  God can improve on the former life, and give us peace, as well.  That is comfort and rest to me.

Indeed, this brings to mind the Hebrew word Shiloh, which one definition from Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names defines as “to be quiet or at rest, with the distinct connotation of prospering”.

Above: a photo of Tel Shiloh, in the modern day West Bank.  This is a place of significant Jewish history, as it is the location where the Jewish people set up the tabernacle after their desert wandering and upon receiving the Promised Land from the Lord (Joshua 18:1).

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