Last week the blessing that Jacob gave to Judah was offered as an “obscure advent” passage. Jacob told Judah that his people would rule “until Shiloh comes, and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.”
The mysterious phrase “until Shiloh comes”, spoken by Jacob, means “until he comes to whom it belongs.” 1 This phrase is a link to another obscure advent passage; a passage that occurs in the book of Ezekiel:
In this passage, God through the prophet Ezekiel tells king Zedekiah, the last Davidic king of Judah, that He is taking the crown from him. Not only does God take the crown from Zedekiah, but He tells him that there will not be another Davidic king “until He comes whose right it is, and I will give it to Him.”
God, in this prophecy through Ezekiel, reveals that there will not be another legitimate king until Messiah. And perhaps this is why Herod, the illegitimate king over God’s people, was so very concerned when he heard that Christ was born.
1 The Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, 1999