Shiloh, The Place Of Peace

John 14:27… “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (KJV). “I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught (MSG). Colossians 3:15… “And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful” (NLT). The word “peace” means “to be at rest, to have a quieted spirit, prosperity, to be undivided in heart, free from hostility, freedom from quarrels, having harmonious relations, maintaining and observing law and order, absence of war.”

Romans 5:1 teaches, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (KJV). In the New Testament, the writers mentioned time and time again about the importance of the “peace of God” being with you. The word “peace” is used 111 times in the New Testament. Jesus knew that the world would furnish unsettling situations. That is why He gives the gift of peace. This does not mean that Jesus will keep away every issue from our lives. The car will still break down, and so on. Peace is not the absence of conflict; it is the ability to cope with it. Everything that God created was meant to be a solution to our problems (Genesis 1-2). Note John 16:33… “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Jesus talked about the importance of rest. Mark 6:31 says, “And he said unto them, “Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while” (KJV). Jesus knew that tired minds do not make good decisions. Paul talks of mind management. Philippians 4:7-9“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” Note that peace keeps your heart and mind.

Shiloh, the place of peace… 1 Samuel 3:21… “And the LORD appeared again in Shiloh: for the LORD revealed himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the LORD” (KJV). The word “Shiloh” means “the place of peace.” The Lord reveals Himself in the place of peace. The word of the Lord comes in the place of peace.

Joshua 18:1… “And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up the tabernacle of the congregation there. And the land was subdued before them” (KJV). The ark was brought to Shiloh. The ark represented the presence of God. The ark (tabernacle) was set up in the place of peace. Peace became the foundation for the presence of God. Where there is a foundation of peace, enemies are subdued. Without a foundation of peace, no assembly of people will grow and succeed.

1 Samuel 4:4-11… “So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth between the cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God. And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again. And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, What meaneth the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews? And they understood that the ark of the LORD was come into the camp. And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, God is come into the camp. And they said, Woe unto us! for there hath not been such a thing heretofore. Woe unto us! who shall deliver us out of the hand of these mighty Gods? these are the Gods that smote the Egyptians with all the plagues in the wilderness. Be strong, and quit yourselves like men, O ye Philistines, that ye be not servants unto the Hebrews, as they have been to you: quit yourselves like men, and fight. And the Philistines fought, and Israel was smitten, and they fled every man into his tent: and there was a very great slaughter; for there fell of Israel thirty thousand footmen. And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain” (KJV). The battle was lost and the ark was captured. Why? Because they removed the ark (presence of God) from Shiloh, the place of peace. Many people lose out in their trials and tests because they remove the presence of God from the place of peace. Many people try to solve their quarrels without peace, but they replace peace with hate, with revenge, with resentment, with unforgiveness, and with arguments. Problems can be solved when peace is ruling in the heart.

Joshua 18:10… “And Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before the LORD: and there Joshua divided the land unto the children of Israel according to their divisions” (KJV). It is from the foundation of peace that the inheritance is divided. It is from the foundation of peace that we receive divine blessings. It is from the foundation of peace that God answers our prayers. When peace is ruling in your heart, everything works better.

Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, “He will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern” (NLT). We must stand where God stands–in Shiloh, the place of peace. The New Testament teaches in 1 Corinthians 12:11, “But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will” (KJV). James 4 teaches that many Christians could not receive gifts because they were jealous of others and lusted after the gifts that they wanted. They sought the inheritance by striving. They removed peace from their desires and filled their desires with jealousy and strife. 1 Peter 5:1-9 teaches that Satan devoured many because pride got in the way. Leadership struggles begin when peace is removed and replaced by pride.

1 Samuel 1:3… “And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there” (KJV). It is from the place of peace that we worship and sacrifice. Have you ever tried to worship with uplifted hands and words of praise without peace ruling in your hearts?

Many come to church with a civil war in their spirits. It could be anger, arguments, hostilities, worry, or bitterness. Instead of finding the presence of God you will find a closed hand and only words that meet no needs. God redeemed you to fill you with peace (His presence). If you are not resting, if your spirit is not quiet, you need to check to see if by chance you have removed God from Shiloh, the place of peace. Shiloh represents your spirit…

Pastor George Belobaba

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