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1 Samuel 3:21

“And Yehovah appeared again in Shiloh for Yehovah revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the Word of Yehovah.”

Shiloh is a place of rest and quiet. It was the location to which the cloud of the glory of Yehovah lead the whole congregation of Israel. It was the exact location chosen of God where His Spirit caused them to rear up the Tabernacle after they came forth out of the wilderness. This re-construction of the Tabernacle of God, which stood as a testimony of heavenly things, was a memorial to the victories that the hand of God had granted this band of travelers over the kings and nations far greater than they. Now that the inheritance, less seven tribes, had been granted, the Ark of the Covenant of God came to ‘rest’ in the place of rest, Shiloh. God intended that this exemplify His rest and the testimony of a finished work. This is the testimony of Jesus Christ which has been with the house of the redeemed from the beginning and here the nation of Israel kept the commandments of God, in type (Rev.12:17).

Adam is not at rest and never has been. He was formed from the dust of the earth and placed in a garden that God had prepared for him to “dress and keep it” (Gen. 2:15). Man was put to work from the beginning and that assignment, which is commensurate to his nature, has not been rescinded nor completed. Everything in God’s creation is full of labour and although man endeavours to be at rest and to enjoy the works of his hands, he will never be able to be satisfied with seeing or filled with hearing (Ecc. 1:8).

God has also placed in the nature of Adam the insatiable desire for knowledge and understanding. He has made man curious about everything and has endowed him with an addiction to seeking and studying that envelops his entire being. This is the work of God which man cannot find it out because he is of the earth. His desires are for carnal wisdom and understanding which lead him to worldly conclusions. Thus the theology of Adam depicts God as being busy about His business, striving to bring man unto Himself and anxiously waiting for man to complete the great commission that was left for him so that the kingdom may be ushered in on this earth.

“And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had made” (Gen. 2:2).

Yehovah God is seated in the heavens in sovereign command of all His ways and works. His Word has gone forth from His mouth and His power causes His will to be performed on earth as it is performed in the heavens. His work is complete and has been finished from before the foundation of the world (Heb. 4:3). This does not mean to intimate that God had a work that He needed to complete before the world began and then He moved to the next task at hand and so on and so forth. All His works are one as He is One. His way, His will and His power are one and as He has spoken, so it comes to pass in the appointed time. John saw the Lamb of God, which took away the sin of His people, standing as He had been slain from before the foundation of the world. That would indicate that the sacrifice for sin was completed and the precious blood had been shed. It means that His people had already been redeemed from the house of the strong man, and that the covering (atonement) was in place. The Anointed One had been delivered up for the offenses of His people in Adam, who, having not yet been born, neither having done any good nor any evil that the purpose of God might stand according to election (Rms. 911), were already concluded under sin (Gal. 3:22). The disobedience of Adam ushered sin into the world (Rms. 5:12), it did not create sin or begin sin, for by this one act condemnation came by sin and death came upon all men (5:18). Adam was created to perform this assignment in the fullness of the appointed time yet the Lamb already stood slain for the sin that His people inherited in Adam when they were sold under sin (7:14).

Therefore, before the transgression in the garden, the Father had already seen the travail of the soul of His servant. He was satisfied and well pleased because He had fulfilled the law in righteousness. The Son was faithful in all that the Father had given Him to do. He had completed the work set before Him, whose name is Faithful and True, and because of His faith and the testimony of the finished work, He ‘stands’, raised up in the power and glory of God being manifestly declared to be the Son of God (Rms. 1:4). Therefore the just live by His faith (Hab.2:4). He has presented Himself clean before the throne of the Father and there declared His generation, saying; ‘Behold I and the children which you have given to Me’ and He is seated at the right hand of the Father, in a place of rest. His children have peace with God because they are one with Him in His death, burial and the power of His resurrection. They have ‘heard God’ (Samuel), stood up, shaken the dust off and being granted to be arrayed in fine linen clean and white, they are seated in Him (Is. 52:1). They have peace because He has executed the righteousness of the fury of His wrath upon all ungodliness and He who knew no sin became the sin of His people and drank the fullness of the cup of the fierceness of the wrath of God for them. Thus they are raised up together with Him and seated with Him in the heavenlies with all spiritual blessing in Him (Eph. 2:6).

They are His workmanship. They have been created in Christ Jesus unto good works not because of good works. They are zealous for good works because they are sons of God who delight in the law of God after that inward man. The body is dead because of sin and the natural man is oblivious to the things of the Spirit not being properly equipped to receive them. That which is born from above is not the remake, transformation or overhaul of the earthly. This is the eternal seed of God born by the Spirit of God of that incorruptible seed which is come down from above. Although during the time of the habitation it is made subject to the vanity of the flesh and this world, yet the inner man is renewed daily and is untarnished by the leprous earthen vessel called Adam.

This sickness has spread from the top of the head to the sole of the feet and has turned white, therefore, being completely engulfed in the disease which cannot spread any further, man is declared clean, though subject to the body of this death (Lev. 13:13). He is a white leper and he remains so for the entire time of his habitation but he is clean to dwell in the city and be with the people. He is infected and condemned but he is at peace. (Interesting that the theology of man has mistaken the whiteness of the leprosy for the righteous garments of the saints of glory which are clean and white. This is the same way the children of Israel mistook the counterfeit temple of Jeroboam for the true temple of Solomon and the eschatology of the day looks for a worldly earthly temple in Palestine instead of the New Jerusalem wherein there is no temple.)

This is the status of the children of the king and has been from before they became partakers of the flesh and blood that has been afore prepared unto the glory of God dwelling within. God therefore appears unto His people at rest and not in the fierceness of anger or wrath. Again, with no change to His status of at rest or alteration of His purpose, He comes to the place of rest to reveal Himself to His appointed servant. He did not come with the fanfare of a mighty wind, a destructive conflagration or the shaking of the earth, but in a quiet restful manner he came to “His name is God” (Samuel) by His Word. This is the same Word that goes forth from Him and does not return unto Him empty but accomplishes all the intent of His heart (Is.55:11). This is the Word that he spoke and all the heavens and earth were created; for by Him and for Him were all things created that are made (Col. 1:16). This is the Word that became flesh and dwelt among His people (John 1:14). This is the Word that tabernacles, in these last days, His people as Emmanuel ( Is. 7:14); Rev.21:3) and this is the Word that has spoken to His children in the last days (Heb. 1:1).

“And all Israel, from Dan even to Beer-Sheba, knew that Samuel was established a prophet of Yehovah” (I Sam. 3:20).

The Word of God had confirmed the ‘name of God’ (Samuel) as the prophet of God who spoke the Word of God to all His people and they knew it. He did not need the help of dignitaries, degrees or diplomas to evidently set forth that a prophet was among His people. The Spirit of the Most High rested upon the young man as he grew up and Yehovah was with him. He has promised His people that He will never leave nor forsake them and since He is not a man that can lie, His Word is true. Not only was Yehovah with Samuel but His Word did not ‘fall to the ground’. This does not mean that God caused Samuel to be a great speaker and that all men hung on his every word, it means that the Word of God dwelt in him richly and came to pass as God had promised. It means as Solomon stated in I Kings 8:56 that all the promises of Yehovah God have been fulfilled and come to pass and none had returned unto Him empty or powerless. It means that Yehovah God has spoken and it has come to pass and that when His Servant said it was finished on the cross that is exactly what He meant!

The whole congregation of Israel had received the inheritance that God had granted them at the hand of Joshua. They were not waiting for an extended time period to elapse and social, economical and political changes to occur before they could realize the remainder of their inheritance for all had been obtained under the hand of the salvation of Yehovah, Joshua. Now the northern extent of the Promised Land was designated by the tribe of the judge (Dan) and the city of Dan (formerly called Laish ‘the lion’) and the southern most by the land at the well of the oath, Beer-Sheba. To the east was the rising of the sun and to the west was the great ‘hinder’ sea and so when God declared His servant to be His prophet He made it know to His people in His land and all the people of that land knew the testimony of God.

It is interesting that they were not instructed to send out emissaries to proclaim that Samuel was the prophet of God or that the Word was with him. Nor were they employed in spreading the good word that Joshua had given them victory over the enemies and subdues the nations around them and they were not soliciting visitation, pilgrimages or field trips to come and visit the Tabernacle of Yehovah. Yet from the ‘Lion Judge’ to the well of the ‘completed promise’ His people heard His voice and came unto Him.

“Dan shall judge His people as one of the tribe of Israel” (Gen. 49:16).

The tribe of Dan was granted a plot of land as their inheritance by the hand of Joshua but the men thought the land to small for their family (Josh. 19:47) therefore they moved north. God gave them the victory over the inhabitants of the land and put them in position to fulfill the prophesy that judgment would be out of the north (Is. 14:21). But this judgment is not of the nations whom God raised up against the nation of Israel alone for Dan is the judge of His people. The righteous Judge is not a man who can be swayed, influenced or coerced. He is the King of glory who is the Lion of the tribe of Praise and the Judge of all the earth. He has come from the land of the north (hidden secret place) and has come forth conquering and to conquer (Rev.6:2). Out of His mouth goes forth a two edged sword which is the Word of God, piercing even to the dividing asunder soul and spirit and of the joints and the marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart of man (Heb 4:12). He is this Lion of the house of Praise and He has come to the place of peace, Shiloh. He has gathered together the whole congregation of His people as one man from the judgment of the condemnation of the law unto the place of ease because of the finished work. Here He has manifestly declared to His elect according to grace that He is that prophet that should come (Deut: 18:18) and He has confirmed His oath with many with signs and wonders in the heavens.

The land of Beer-sheba is the place where Yehovah God gave His promise to Abram that his son, Ishmael, would be protected and grow to be a great nation because he was the seed of Abram (Gen. 21:14). This was the place where the oath was made between the father of the faithful of many nations (Abraham) and ‘my father is king’, Abimeleck. Abraham made the sacrifice, planted a grove and called upon the name of Yehovah as ‘El-olam’, the eternal God (21:33). Here Yehovah God gave His oath to Jacob and swore that he would bless him and multiply his seed though as yet he had no children (26:23). This was the place where the immutable God gave His oath, His promise and His covenant to His people that He was their God and they were His people.

The south is a relative position depending on where you were standing. If one was standing in the door of the Tabernacle, the south was to the right and therefore was the place of authority. In the Holy place of the Tabernacle, the candle stick, which is the seven armed light of the room, stood to the south and represented the light of the world which is Messiah and His church. To the south of the complex were the tribes of the house of the first-born (Reuben), they who have heard (Simeon) and the troop (Gad) or the whole congregation of the Lord.

If one was standing facing the Tabernacle with the back to the rising of the sun, the right was to the north. This indicated that when the Son of Righteousness arose with healing in His wings for His people He came with the authority and power of the Judge as the ‘Lion’ (Laish) with the ‘Scepter of praise’. Here to the north of the complex dwelt the tribes of the house of the Judge (Dan) the house of contentment and ease (Asher) and the house of the struggle (Naphtali).

This was the extent of the kingdom of Israel and the people of God. Here is the completed work of Jesus Christ and the testimony of His people which stood in type and foreshadow of the heavenly reality.

Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutable of His counsel, confirmed by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us” (Heb. 6:17f).

God has finished His work and is in a place of rest. His people have entered into that rest and have peace with God. He is the prophet of God for He is the Word of God which is quick and full of power and He has finished all His work. Therefore His people are not encumbered with the cares and business of this world. The affections of the people of God are in the heavens where they are seated together with Him in the throne of the Ancients of Days. He has confirmed His oath with many (Dan. 9:27), He has brought many sons into glory, being the captain of their salvation made perfect through all that He suffered (Heb. 2:10) and He is seated at the right hand of the Father ruling over the inhabitants of this world and the kingdoms of this land (Dan. 4: 34-37).

This is the peace that passes all the understanding, wisdom and logic of Adam.

Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
November 10, 2013