The city called 'Yehovah shammah'
It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there (Yehovah shammah).
I have mentioned in my previous messages about the 12 tribes being symbolic to the twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit. How Heaven which is a spirit world is made of precious spiritual things like the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. This is the reason why the Apostles gave importance to the number 12 for they followed it as a statute.
A city in the Bible is a place that is protected and without going into Bible Numeric, in today's message the Lord is telling us unless we are born again and having the Fruits of the Holy Spirit we will not experience a fortified city experience. We always cry out to the Lord in our problems or times of testing but we do not realize we ourselves are the cause of the problem all because we are not a city.
We see in many places in the Bible the Lord's city is called Zion which means fortified city. Although Zion was a part of Jerusalem and Israel yet it is spoken as a separate entity. I have also mentioned this before that these are terms which identify our various spiritual stages. We start with Egypt and grow unto Zion. Even in these stages are sub stages of daughter and son. They are not to do with the natural gender but the spiritual image. Our natural gender is made to help us understand the spiritual image for in spirit world there are no male or female genders but only spiritual ones and the Upper Heavens is only for Sons.
The Lord is telling us if we need to be Zion we need to be a born again people having the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. It is only then will we be known as people having the Lord amongst us. People do not acknowledge us as people of God, or fear our God the only Living God all because the Lord's presence is not really amongst us. To really have Him we need to do like today's message says be born again and have the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
In the book of Samuel we read the start of getting into Zion is that we need to be children of God and not be blind or lame. Blind people, means people who do not know the Truth. We need grow in our understanding of the Kingdom of God through His Word. Also we need to be not lame people; spiritual lame means people who do not walk in ways of the Lord. Some may be fast and some slow but all need to be people moving forward and not stationary. As we know more and more of His Kingdom we need to apply them in our lives and move ahead.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, people call themselves Christians and yet are a suffering lot. People of the world consider them as one like them, as people who have a god that does not exist. Lord your glory waits for your people are not being your people. Lord we pray they realize the importance of being born again and having the Fruits of the Holy Spirit. That they be called Yehovah shammah by first being people of light and people who walk in your ways...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
2 Samuel 5:7-8
7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same the city of David.
8 And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites [means rejected], and the lame and the blind, hated of David's soul. Said, the blind and the lame shall not come into the house.
Exodus 28: 21 - And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet; every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes.
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like to a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
16 And the city lies foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like to clear glass.
19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it.
25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.
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