Shiloh Charts Position:
- Reached # 1 in Soundclick Acoustic charts
- Reached # 1 in Soundclick Acoustic General sub-charts
I grew up during the Vietnam War era. My oldest brother served in the Navy during the early years of the war when I was still very young. By 1968 my other brother and his best friend decided to enlist in the army rather than wait to be drafted. They were told that if they signed-up under the “buddy system” (which they did) they would be kept together.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t true. After joining-up they were placed in different units . When they finished bootcamp both were sent to fight in the jungles of Vietnam separately. They would never to see each other again because my brother’s best friend was killed in action shortly thereafter.
The Peace Movement became very important to me around this time. I considered myself a “peace freak” and took part in some of the anti-war protests at my school. We held “sit-ins”, walked out of class, and wore black arm bands in remembrance of the soldiers who had died in Vietnam. I sang Bob Dylan songs, followed John Lennon’s peace demonstrations and became part of the so-called “underground, anti-establishment world” that was searching for utopia through tuning-out and turning-on.
Peace was illusive however and my life began to spiral out of control. Then one day someone at work gave me a book called “Good News for Modern Man.” It was the New Testament. I use to read it on my lunch break and remember thinking how much I would have liked to have met Jesus personally when he was on earth. It didn’t occur to me that he was alive. I now know that Jesus died for my sin because he loves me. He won the victory over sin and death when he rose again. I have met him. He is my Savior. He is not dead. Jesus is alive!
About This Song:
The word Shiloh means peace. The title comes from a bible prophecy which says:
“The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come: and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” (Genesis 49:10)
This prophecy is referring to Jesus. He is the Prince of Peace!
People tend to blame God for all the problems in the world. But the truth is, we live in a world ravaged by war, crime, and natural disasters because of sin…. we are the problem.
The Bible explains it this way…
“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God.” (James 4:1-2)
In 1975 I met the “Prince of Peace” and my life was completely turned around. That’s who this song is about. Jesus meets the needs of the human heart. He alone provides true and lasting peace to all who will receive it.
He was a simple man, born in a troubled time
Fear and oppression had conquered his people
Oh, how they longed for a sign
Trusting in promises the prophets of old had written
How Shiloh would come, He’d be the one
To lead all His people to freedom
And He came, yet so many did not recognize Him
How could a carpenter’s son, so humble and meek
Be God in the form of a man?
Serving the multitudes, feeding them bread from heaven
Healing their sick, raising their dead
Until the day they crucified Him
And only a few would realize He was the Lamb of heaven
By faith, they’d see through a child’s eyes And so be born again!
Some wonder why- a man who was as good as He
Should suffer and die for no crime of His own
Something like this shouldn’t be
But He was wounded for the wrongs that we all have done
For God loved the world so much that He freely
Sacrificed His only Son
Now He lives and He’s seated at the Father’s right hand
Someday He’s coming to call for His own He’ll make all things new once again!
Trust in the promises the prophets of old have written
For Shiloh will come, yes, He’ll be the one
To lead all His people to freedom!
©Words & Music by Kathy Unruh, All Rights Reserved
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