So What’s With The Name Tekoa?
Meaning: To “trumpet”. Also the “pitching of tents”.
In 2 Chronicles 20, we see an incredible intervention of God on behalf of His people. They are facing a great enemy that has come against them. In desperation and faith, the people gather together, every man, woman, and child, to seek the Lord. In their prayer they say something profound…
“…We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”– 2 Chronicles 20:12b (ESV)
This moment demonstrates the secret to walking and living with God… always living with our eyes fixed on Jesus! It is in this place, and from this position of absolute surrender and faith, that they experience God!
A little later in the chapter it says…
2 Chronicles 20:20, 26-30 ESV – “20 And they rose early in the morning and went out into the wilderness of Tekoa. And when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe his prophets, and you will succeed.”
“26 On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Beracah, for there they blessed the Lord. Therefore the name of that place has been called the Valley of Beracah to this day. 27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat at their head, returning to Jerusalem with joy, for the Lord had made them rejoice over their enemies. 28 They came to Jerusalem with harps and lyres and trumpets, to the house of the Lord. 29 And the fear of God came on all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel. 30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for his God gave him rest all around.”
It is this moment in history when the wilderness of Tekoa is given significance in scripture. As in the passage above, we see that it was there that Judah turned to the Lord in faith and was delivered from their enemies in a miraculous way. In fact, the deliverance was so great that they named the place “the valley of blessing”!
This passage has a special place in our hearts, serving as a continual reminder to seek the Lord with a whole heart, believe God’s word entirely, and to obey the Lord in all things. It is the only way to truly live… abiding in Jesus because apart from Him we can do nothing.
For these reasons, it seemed appropriate to name this ministry The Tekoa Project as a reminder of how God has called us to live and what God has called us to do.
So What Is The Purpose Of This “Project”?
The word “Tekoa” means to trumpet. It also means “the pitching of tents”, as in to dwell. We believe that in these last days God is calling His people back to intimacy with Him… inviting us to “pitch our tent” in His Presence. The purpose of this project is to call believers back to God’s original intention for His people, as seen in His Word. We believe God’s intentions for His people are:
- Abiding in Jesus,
- Walking with Him,
- Living according to His Kingdom Ways, and
- Fulfilling His Kingdom purposes for His church in these last days.
These are the things The Tekoa Project is focused on. You can learn more by reading Our Vision!