Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 4, 2015

“Walk about Zion and go around her; Count her towers; Consider her ramparts; Go through her palaces, That you may tell it to the next generation.”

Today’s devotion comes from Joshua Chapter 18.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Joshua+18&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“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.

2 There remained among the sons of Israel seven tribes who had not divided their inheritance.  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?  4 Provide for yourselves three men from each tribe that I may send them, and that they may arise and walk through the land and write a description of it according to their inheritance;  then they shall return to me.  5 They shall divide it into seven portions;  Judah shall stay in its territory on the south, and the house of Joseph shall stay in their territory on the north.  6 You shall describe the land in seven divisions, and bring the description here to me.  I will cast lots for you here before the Lord our God.  7 For the Levites have no portion among you, because the priesthood of the Lord is their inheritance. Gad and Reuben and the half-tribe of Manasseh also have received their inheritance eastward beyond the Jordan, which Moses the servant of the Lord gave them.”

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.”  Joshua 18:1-10.

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As the seven tribes who had not divided their inheritance were commanded to walk through the earthly Promised Land (Canaan) and write a description of it, verse 4, we are commanded to meditate on the LORD, His sovereignty, and the heavenly Promised Land.

“12 Walk about Zion and go around her;
Count her towers;
13 Consider her ramparts;
Go through her palaces,
That you may tell it to the next generation.”  Psalm 48:12-13.

There is some doctrine which seem to be more interested in man and what he is doing. 

But, Reformed Doctrine is ever walking about Zion, learning more about God and what He is doing. 

There is some doctrine which cling to alleged free-will of man.

“2 The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”  Psalm 2:2-3.

But, Reformed Doctrine proclaims the total and absolute sovereignty of God.

“4 He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then He will speak to them in His anger
And terrify them in His fury, saying,
6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”  Psalm 2:4-6.

Reformed Doctrine teaches that this total and absolute sovereignty of God includes sovereignty over who will be saved and who will not be saved through “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

The following Psalm Chapter 48 puts it all together with its elements of the focus on the LORD, the beauty and strength of God’s sovereignty, the terror of the those who rebel against such sovereignty, the lovingkindness and righteousness of the LORD, and the command to meditate on LORD, His sovereignty, and the heavenly Promised Land. 

“1 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
In the city of our God, His holy mountain.
2 Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole earth,
Is Mount Zion in the far north,
The city of the great King.
3 God, in her palaces,
Has made Himself known as a stronghold.

4 For, lo, the kings assembled themselves,
They passed by together.
5 They saw it, then they were amazed;
They were terrified, they fled in alarm.
6 Panic seized them there,
Anguish, as of a woman in childbirth.
7 With the east wind
You break the ships of Tarshish.
8 As we have heard, so have we seen
In the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God;
God will establish her forever.  Selah.

9 We have thought on Your lovingkindness, O God,
In the midst of Your temple.
10 As is Your name, O God,
So is Your praise to the ends of the earth;
Your right hand is full of righteousness.
11 Let Mount Zion be glad,
Let the daughters of Judah rejoice
Because of Your judgments.
12 Walk about Zion and go around her;
Count her towers;
13 Consider her ramparts;
Go through her palaces,
That you may tell it to the next generation.
14 For such is God,
Our God forever and ever;
He will guide us until death.”  Psalm Chapter 48.

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