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Shiloh

27 Oct

with: Roger Dixon

Shiloh can be described as; The Kingship of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, pertaining to the Scepter or Rod of authority.

 

Joshua 18

1: Then the whole congregation of the sons of Israel assembled themselves at Shiloh, and set up the tent of meeting there; and the land was subdued before them.

3: So Joshua said to the sons of Israel, “How long will you put off entering to take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you?

8: Then the men arose and went, and Joshua commanded those who went to describe the land, saying, “Go and walk through the land and describe it, and return to me; then I will cast lots for you here before the LORD in Shiloh.”

9: So the men went and passed through the land, and described it by cities in seven divisions in a book; and they came to Joshua to the camp at Shiloh.

10: And Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before the LORD, and there Joshua divided the land to the sons of Israel according to their divisions.

Today the Promise Land is open, may we take the example found in Joshua and move forward under His Lordship to explore all that is before us.

“that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man,
so that Christ may dwell into your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” ~ Ephesians 3:16~19

 We must Come to Shiloh

We begin to see this as instrumental in understanding Jesus Christ, and the beauty of His Lordship. Then the whole congregation of the sons of Israel assembled themselves at Shiloh”,along with Paul’s statement “may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth” this Land/Christ  is open before us, and we are given the invitation to explore to know and to see the beauty of this Land “and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”

Walk Through the Land

Gen. 13

14 ¶  The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward;

15  for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever.

16  “I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth, so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered.

17  “Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth; for I will give it to you.”

18  Then Abram moved his tent and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and there he built an altar to the LORD.

The separation of Abraham from Lot was one of many separations God wrought in his life. After the separation, God told Abraham to lift up his eyes and look. This has deep spiritual connotations. Lifting up our eyes infers spiritual sight. Abraham was told to look from the place he was standing. He was to look northward, southward, eastward, and westward. All that Abraham could see was promised to him by God.

After Abraham lifted up his eyes and beheld the land that God was giving him, he was told to arise and walk through the length and breadth of the land. Centuries later Joshua gave the same command to the children of Israel as they prepared to possess their inheritance (Joshua 18).

8  Then the men arose and went, and Joshua commanded those who went to describe the land, saying, “Go and walk through the land and describe it, and return to me; then I will cast lots for you here before the LORD in Shiloh.”

9  So the men went and passed through the land, and described it by cities in seven divisions in a book; and they came to Joshua to the camp at Shiloh.

There is a common thread in these two accounts of Abraham and Joshua. After Abraham was commanded to walk through the land, verse 18 says he moved his tent and came and dwelt by the oaks of Mamre. He built an altar to the Lord there. Once Abraham had looked upon the land and had been commanded to walk through it, he moved his camp. This is significant. Spiritually, we could say that as God gives us the vision of our inheritance, we take initiative and move from our camp. Just as the separations in Abraham’s life were real, so was his initiative to walk through the land. It is the same with us. We see this played out centuries later when God, through Joshua, commands Israel to walk through the land and describe it, and eventually take possession of it. The land did not just fall into their hands. They had to TAKE it. This is the meaning of appropriation. First, we behold by revelation our inheritance, and then by faith, we possess it.

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2015 in Jesus Christ, Shiloh, Zion

 

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