Friday, November 23, 2012

Nehemiah 3, Study 20, Rebuilding Life,

Nehemiah 3, Study 20, Rebuilding Life,

To Serve is to Master

Next on the walk of the wall as Nehemiah watches and instructs we have The Water Gate
in Nehemiah 3:26

This was the place where the Temple servants , that is the servants to the Levites repaired the
wall (you will also find references to Jotham in 2 Chronicles 27

The Nethinims "the given ones" being servants to the Levites Ezra 8:20 served in various
ways including "the fetching of water for the temple"

Here at the Gate, near the king's garden, the valley of Jehoshaphat, they served and watered
as part of their duties

They came back in the Exile and were housed near the "House of the Nethinim " at
Ophel, towards the east wall of Jerusalem, this being near the Temple, where they served

Being supported and living freely as servants nonetheless being assigned to their masters duties

THE WATER GATE

And so we come to the woman at the well , this samaritan lady who was "serving" by fetching
water and quenshing the temporal needs of the body in John 4:13-14

But we know that there is a greater thirst than temporal thirst and a greater hunger than the
hunger for a full belly and this hunger and thirst can lead us into many false pathways

Yet one day as this lady comes to that well of life to draw water again and again to quensh this
thirst that never really ever goes away, she meets Jesus the "Water of Life"

And Jesus knows her thirst and how she has looked in the wrong places and sought "love"
and how much this women has sought more than this life can give her

Now look

John 4:31 Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”

32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”


The Water Gate is Jesus the fountain of Life AS we serve Him

   
THE HORSE GATE

The Horse Gate next in Nehemiah 3:28

This Gate being near the Temple was where the horses past through for watering and we see
references to the Horse Gate in 2 Chronicles 23:15 and Jeremiah 31:40

SPIRITUAL WARFARE

The Horsegate can be seen as "Spiritual Warfare" the place where the horses are tied for battle

This is where the horses can enter but once coming to a certain place they can proceed no further

The Horses being ready and alert and fit for battle being the transport for the weary soul to
hasten the journey and to give advantage in battle

And in Revelation 19:11-16 we see the Prince of Peace who once rode into Jerusalem on a
donkey coming on the white horse - and He who came not to Judge but to save now comes
to Judge and make war

And He with a multitude of names as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand on the shore,
has many crowns on His Head and with a name that "No man knew" but He

And being clothed in the blood and being the "Word Of God" a sword that divides flesh from
bone is held by the One who's name is Jesus

And we too as we work to build the wall which is built on the Foundation Whom is Christ
and as Jesus builds the wall (through us) 1 Peter 2:5 we continue to build

Alas the Lord builds the House Psalm 127:1 and we are the vessels

And as we win the battle through the blood of the Lamb we also know that we do not wrestle
against flesh and blood Eph 6:12 but against powers and principalities above and far above
"Man"

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NOT BY MIGHT NOR BY POWER

Now we shall skip slightly forward in Nehemiah to Nehemiah 4:18

And here we see the workmen of all trades and levels of society working together but at the
same time keeping alert and ready 1 Peter 5:8 1 Corinthians 16:13

With their swords at their sides Psalm 45:3 they built the walls of Jerusalem ready and alert
in case of attack from the enemy who sought to mock and jeer and stop the work of God and
of the men of that City

So we see that during the building of the walls and the gates the men of all trades and all levels of
society built the walls together with their swords at their sides

And at this point we go to Judges 7:5 and we see the story of Gideon where he takes the army
down to the waterside as instructed by God

For as in scripture it says "the battle belongs to the Lord" and "we fight not with flesh and blood"

Here we see in the story of Gideon that the numbers of fighting men were too many and in
order to demonstrate the Lords might and that the battle was won by God and God alone and
not "by numbers" of fighting men .....God said to Gideon that there were "Too mnay fighting men"

So in order to decrease the numbers of fighting men they were to be separated between "Those who
went to the waters edge and drank straight from the water" these numbered some 9700 men

And those that "stood" and used their hands to bring the water to their mouths were the 300
God was going to use in His battle

Those being "alert and ready" for battle and prepared to resist the temptation of going straight
for the water

Those men (people) were less likely to be attacked while concentrating on their own needs while
being unaware of the impending attack or enemy coming up from behind

While the men standing at the waters edge were ready and waiting for enemy attack being the ones who stood and drank with their hands and these were the ones whom the Lord used being that they were "self controlled"

And so with that we see a comparison with Nehemiah 4 where we have the men building while
working on the wall yet with their swords at their sides ready and alert for attack

THE HORSE GATE

And this is the "Horse Gate" ...the place where the men of warfare and wandering come home from battle, for water and rest ,

   
THE EAST GATE

What a gleaming of a lamp as all is revealed and those eyes that were closed tight shut are
suddenly opened as in the days of the first dawning of time before the first sunrise when God
said "Let there be Light" before the sun and the moon were ever created

What a Lamp to shine and a Light before mans path that all should be revealed as if with the
opening of revelation to the spirit by the Spirit

As the Lightning strikes from the east to shine in blinded retinas that cannot see further than
thier own minds enable, Then they shall see the revelation of Him , both those who are His and
those who are not His

Being ever seeing but never understanding and ever hearing but never perceiving suddenly that
Light, that Lamp that iluminated the darkness at the dawning of time shall be seen once more

And those who have walked in darkness shall see a great Light but alas this time He comes to
Judge and those who walked in darkness shall see the Light for the first time being only a moment
as a flickering of a candle and in the twinkling of an eye they shall run but with no where to run
they shall call upon the mountains to fall upon them

For a momentary time they who walked in darkness shall see the Light before continuing in
darkness and those whom walked in the Light shall see for the first time fully being enabled
and given the ability to see all

And at last all things shall be revealed and the "Written Word" shall be but a small reminder
and a flicker of time once passed as if a moment long gone, as the people of God and the
children now in eternal living communion walk in The Word

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THE LAMP

With this we come to The East Gate In Nehemiah 3:29 which can be given many names
as all the gates can being that the names are translated and can have many meanings

It can also be called "The Gate of Mercy" and "the Gate of eternal life" also the "Golden Gate"
or also the "Gate beautiful" Acts 3:2 or the Temple Gate

So do not get confused with all these differing names and translations, the important thing
is that we focus on the meanings and significance of these symbolic and figurative things
and to not loose our focus on the primary objective which is to learn more about the person
named "Jesus"

It is believed that through this Gate Jesus entered as the people cried out "Hosanna to the
Son of David"

And this is were he cleared out the people and overturned the tables

Now I believe this Gate is closed , BUT the significance of this Gate can be seen as the final
coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ Matthew 24:27

And with this we finish by turning to Ezekiel 44:1-3

The Prince, the Levites, the Priests

1Then the man brought me back to the outer gate of the sanctuary, the one facing east, and it
was shut. 2The Lord said to me, “This gate is to remain shut. It must not be opened; no one
may enter through it. It is to remain shut because the Lord, the God of Israel, has entered
through it. 3The prince himself is the only one who may sit inside the gateway to eat in the
presence of the Lord. He is to enter by way of the portico of the gateway and go out the same
way.”

   
Read - Judges 7:5

1. How might I drink the Water ?

2, What are the weapons of warfare ?

3. Am I working while defending and alert ?

4. Why is the Gate shut ?