The Order for Advancement
As shown through the 12 tribes of Israel: Rest 4-The North
This is our fourth and final rest stop before we speak about the final tribe and conclude this Order for Advancement series. In this rest stop I will be writing about the direction of the north.
The north side of the encampment holds the tribes of Dan (“judge”), Asher (“happy”), and Naphtali (“my wrestling”). The northern tribes were the last to break camp. Many times we can lose ourselves and our way when we are at the end of ourselves. This “lostness” either brings us deeper into despair or closer to our Lord.
In order to bring substance to this writing I must talk about what is on the north side of the Tabernacle. On the north side, God commanded Moses to place the table of showbread which was to be there continually. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life…” (John 6:35). He also said, “Take and eat; this is my body…” (Matthew 26:26).
With every process, there is a beginning and an end. Once we reach the end of a process we have already ventured into another (or a different) beginning. The northern tribes were the last to set up camp and the last to break camp. For us, we are at the end/a new beginning when we decide to give in to the God-Head; when we give every piece of ourselves to the Lord little-by-little, piece-by-piece, trial-by-trial, and season-by-season.
We come to a place where we believe Jesus Christ has suffered ALL our sins and we accept His sacrifice for us. We become joyous because we also believe and know that there is nothing we did within ourselves to deserve that mercy and grace. We stop wrestling with ourselves, our fellow man, and God. Through and through we come to understand that we have (notice that is present tense) entrance into the Tabernacle (Jesus Himself-a study for the future) by His Blood, God’s Word, and our testimonies. It takes us coming to the end of everything we think we are to come to the beginning of everything God says we are. Once we are there we have rest in the promise of peace through Jesus Christ. Selah.
Alicia R. Shipe