As told in TPM CHURCH, ROYAPETTA 28-JUNE-2009 SUNDAY SERVICE
"After Jacob came from Paddan Aram, he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of the city."
Here we find that Jacob moved from Paddan Aram to Shechem . These two places have significant meaning in Bible. The city of Paddan Aram shows an ordinary life where as the city of Shechem shows a spiritual life. Here we will meditate five speciality about the city of Shechem.
"Abram traveled through the land as far as the site of the great tree of Moreh at Shechem."
The word Moreh means teacher.
Mark 10:17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. "Good teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?". Here the rich man called Jesus, Good teacher. Jesus is our good teacher. In new testament God gracefully given his saints to correct us and teach us. In the city of Shechem, there is good teacher to correct you and guide you in proper path.It shows accepting Jesus as your master.
"Now his brothers had gone to graze their father's flocks near Shechem,"
In Shechem there are good pastures for sheep. In Psalms 23:1-2 "The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,". The Lord is our shepherd and we are his sheeps. If you are in the city of Shechem, there are green pastures for you. It shows the doctrine of life from God.
1 Corinthians 1:5-7 "For in him you have been enriched in every way—in all your speaking and in all your knowledge—because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed."
Joshua 24 :1
"Then Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He summoned the elders, leaders, judges and officials of Israel, and they presented themselves before God.". Here all people irrespective of their status came together at Joshua. It shows a humility and fellowhsip with the saints of God. In the city of Shechem , there is fellowship with God, Saints and each other.
The Lord gave entire power to Jesus. But as in John 13:3-5 "Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.". It shows the complete humility.
"But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
It shows serving the Lord as a family.
"So they set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali, Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the hill country of Judah."
The city of Shechem contains a refugee. you can run there and get protected.
Proverbs 18:10 "The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe."
Jesus is our refugee.
Let the good God fill you with the blessings of the City of Shechem.