Scripture Studies

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This page will be dedicated to in-depth study of God’s precious word. All scripture will be from NASB version. * denotes scripture reference, + denotes my commentary.

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*1 Timothy 4:1… But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons…

+ First Timothy, written by the Apostle Paul 2000 years ago, speaks of a day in which the Christian Church would become apostate. I believe we live in that day. The Church has become a social gathering spot, a place for “name it and claim it” theology and “prosperity” theology. Acts 2:42, outlines what the Church is supposed to look like… let’s practice and devote ourselves to the apostles teachings, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer.

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045-045-14-DSCF7837Shiloh today- once the home of the Tabernacle

Why did God choose Shiloh over Mt Moriah for the Tabernacle?

+Perhaps to be an example for Judah and the world that God’s glory dwells within obedient hearts and not the structures of man. Centuries later after the destruction of the Tabernacle, in the days of Jeremiah, the stubborn leaders of Judah had a false sense of security because they had the Temple of God in Jerusalem. So the Lord told Jeremiah to use Shiloh as a parable, in *Jeremiah 7:12… But go now to My place which was in Shiloh, where I made My name dwell at the first, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel.  And 20 years later that Temple would be destroyed.

After the Temple was rebuilt, Jesus used Jeremiah’s words to predict what would happen if God’s people refused to listen to God’s messenger in **Mark 11:15-17 Then they came to Jerusalem. And He entered the temple and began to drive out those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves; and He would not permit anyone to carry merchandise through the temple. And He began to teach and say to them, “Is it not written, ‘MY HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED A HOUSE OF PRAYER FOR ALL THE NATIONS’? But you have made it a ROBBERS’ DEN. The Second Temple was also destroyed in AD 70.

+Once, Israel came to the Tabernacle at Shiloh to worship at the feasts, but today only archaeologists, a few tourists, and schoolchildren visit. Once, the presence of God dwelt at Shiloh, but now only weeds and rocks remain. The people of Jeremiah’s day, as well as those at the time of Jesus, felt that the presence of God’s temple gave them security.

+Security comes from God’s presence. Although today God’s temple is His church (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19)—and although He will never remove His Spirit from us (2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30)—we do face the possibility that God may choose not to use us any longer (Revelation 2:5). Let’s learn from Shiloh!___________________________________________________