Shadowland: Beginnings: Week 58
Jacob's Prophecy - the Sons of Rachel
The History of the Shepherd Stone
As Paul confirms in 1 Corinthians 10, Israel brought the Bethel Stone
with them from Egypt and on their wanderings, until it was restored
- Genesis 28:11-19 - the Bethel Stone.
- Genesis 47:31, Hebrews 11:12
- Joshua 16 - the Bethel Stone is Joseph's inheritance.
- Exodus 17:6 "strike the rock"
- Numbers 20:8 "speak to the rock"
- 2 Kings 11:14 "the king (Joash) stood by the pillar".
The KJV says "a pillar", but the Hebrew is הָעַמּ֜וּד - the pillar.
- 2 Kings 23:2-4 "the king (Josiah) stood by the pillar".
The Shepherd Stone as a type of Christ
- Genesis 28:18 "and poured oil on the top of it" - Jacob anoints the stone
making it the Anointed One among stones.
- Zechariah 13:7 "Smite the Shepherd and the sheep will scatter."
- Psalm 95:1 "Let us sing unto the Rock of our salvation"
- 1 Corinthians 10:4 "They drank from that spiritual Rock that followed
them, and that Rock was Christ."
A Detour into Arthurian Legend
Like the Ark of the Covenant, the Shepherd Stone is lost to Biblical history
until its fulfillment in Christ. Like the Ark, there are many speculative
continuations of its history. The most famous is the British Israelites, who
say that the Bethel stone was brought to Ireland by the tribe of Joseph
(see Deuteronomy 33:17),
and is the
coronation stone of Britain. In describing it the London Sun on
June 28th, 1837 said,
...Between the seat and this board is enclosed a stone,
commonly called Jacob's, or the fatal Marble, Stone, which is an oblong of
about twenty-two inches in length, thirteen inches broad and eleven inches
deep; of a steel color, mixed with some veins of red. History relates that it
is the stone whereon the patriarch Jacob laid his head in the plains of Luz.
The inscription is an excerpt of this verse recorded by Sir Walter Scott:
this stone was conveyed into Ireland by way of Spain about 700 years before
Christ. From there it was taken into Scotland by King Fergus, about 370 years
later; and n the year 350 B. C., it was placed in the abbey of Scone, by King
Kenneth, who caused a prophetical verse to be engraved upon it, of which the
following is a translation: "'Should fate not fail, where'er this stone is
found, The Scots shall monarch of that realm be crowned.
Unless the fates are faithless grown,
And prophet's voice be vain,
Where'er is found this sacred stone
The Wanderers' Race shall reign.