As reported in the Biblical Archaeology Magazine a mosaic has recently been discovered in Huqoq, Israel, depicting two Israelite spies carrying a cluster of grapes upon their shoulders – illustrating Numbers 13:23.
The shoulder is commonly associated with strength and responsibility. The grapes, a kingdom fruit, illustrate the promise and source of our strength – Yahshua, the perfect atonement.
Yahshua is the door through which we enter the Kingdom (John 10:9). He is the perfect embodiment of the Law and thus the expression of the Kingdom.
The discovery of the mosaic at Huqoq (חוקוק) is significant for two reasons:
Huqoq relates to Law/Word
חוקוק – appointed, to cut, inscribe, decree… to engrave, enact, prescribe-appoint laws.
Huqoq is located in the border of Naphtali (Joshua 19:34)
Naphtali, together with Zebulon, will see the Light… of Yahshua’s governance (Isaiah 9:1-2,6, Matthew 4:15-16).
This discovery has led us to ponder that true strength lies in the Word/Law of God by which we can see the Light in order to enter His Kingdom – recognising that our responsibility and allegiance is fully with and to Yahshua.