Psalm 107:10-16,Study 9,Lift Up Your Heads You Gates,
Lift up Your Heads you Gates of Bronze, that the King of Glory may come in
Now we come to Psalm 107:10-16
Psalm 107:16 reads
for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron
This can be applied to those who walk in darkness, those travellers who are yet to see
the Light of day , those who are in spiirtual darkness and yet to be saved by Jesus Christ
Or those who have other gods
Or those that have been enlightened (see Gods people in the land of canaan) yet have
walked away and worshipped others Hebrews 6:4
the Will Of Obedience,Psalm 106,Study 18, - see Gods people in the land of canaan
Or Those who are literally sitting in darkness who are in prison
Isaiah 45:2 I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of
bronze and cut through bars of iron
So lets begin with the literal sense
We can see the literal meaning of this by looking at such scriptures as
They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city.
It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of
one street, suddenly the angel left him
Acts 16:26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison
were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose.
This is literal and very real where the believer can be persecuted and imprisoned
Not something we think of or see in oure society but satill very much present in the
world at large
The iron and brass here meaning literal doors and chains and locks
And the scriptures above being literal happenings
Where God can and still does release captives in a literal sense
Gods people were warned as in a future tense re:
Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some
of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be
faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life
In this is a testing of faith under persecution
We see Paul under house arrest and John sent into exile on the isle of patmos
But the scripture above demonstrates the origin of these things being that they are performed
and undertaken by people but the asource of the action is by satan himself being with
the permission of God to test faith and to refine
YOU DECIDE YOUR FUTURE ?
Paul himself had a choice and this raises a question in my mind from Acts 21:11
You see Paul had a choice and we reflect on the "free will studies here"
And while Paul was staying in philips house agabus the prophet took a belt and tied his
hands and feet with it and prophesied that paul would be bound and handed over by the
jews to the gentiles !
Then at this moment all who were there pleaded with Paul not to go to Jerusalem
Pauls reply was that he was ready not just to be bound but to also die for the Lord Jesus
They continued to try to persuade Paul but all the same he would not be persuaded
And so they gave up and gave Him over to the Lord and His Will
Now lets stop for a second and consider as Paul in his own free will decided to continue
as the Holy Spirit directed him !
Now in this direction it meant that Paul would be in chains and that this had been allowed
by God (lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil) Matthew 4:1
Incidentally for those who may say "God does not tempt anyone so why would he lead me into temptation ? "
Well yes , God does not tempt anyone and we find this in James 1:13
However the word "temptation" is caused when being lead into a test we are tempted .....in other words , it could read in the Lords prayer
lead us not into "affliction and trials" but deliver us from evil - or save us from this that satan has inflicted
and this would be apt for this post focusing on Paul and John or any other person from the past , present or future being imprisoned for preaching , teaching, believeing, worshipping or any other Christian activity
"You see the temptation is in the testing"
This temptation can be to deny God or let the darkness of the situation we are in overshadow us and be our god and in this the wave that is upon us can make us loose sight of Jesus Matthew 14:30
Now consider for one moment that Paul decided not to go as the Holy Spirit directed him ?
Would then the prophecy that was foretold be seen as "false " ?
After all it was to be and prophesied !
TESTING THE FAITH OF IRON
(Note bible verses to scroll over may not reflect the sentence , they are put there for opposing view or for thought)
Remembering that Paul and John and the disciples followed Jesus Romans 8:17
Remembering that we also who are Sons of God follow Jesus Colossians 1:24
Now these people and sojourners and wayfaring wanderers were put into chains
because of their beliefs and faith and being led into these places of chains by "The Holy Spirit"
to be tested !
Now firstly as Jesus was led out or up to the wilderness we must remember that He was
full of the Holy Spirit and in this He was led by the Holy Spirit to the place of testing to
be tempted by satan
The first Adam see 1 Corinthians 15:45 was tempted (tested) and fell to sin and in this
all generations were affected thereafter in that all are separated from God by that sin
The second Adam was tempted (no sin in temptation) and did not succumb to "sin"
being that He was filled with the Holy Spirit , in this Jesus cannot lie nor repent because
He did not , has not and will not sin Numbers 23:19 1 Samuel 15:29 for how can jesus
be alienated from God the Father Matthew 27:45
We ask the question why was Jesus tempted ? why was the Son of God tested ?
And we find part of the answer in
Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our
weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was
THE TEMPTATION THAT CAPTIVATES
Our own desires of the flesh
Now Each one of us has a desire or inclination - unfulfilled lust or a need that becomes or grows into
a "Want" or "Now want" when that deisre is met by a temptation from external sources then
the temptation is external but the force that drives us to sin is from within
That is to say that "satan knows our weaknesses, but again as he mimmicks God, he cannot
force us to sin"
The sin comes from within Matthew 15:11
Lets give an example here eg: "If I place a bowl of uncooked frogs legs in front of you !
would you be tempted ? no of course not, because there is no desire already in you to trigger
you to fall to the temptation of eating uncooked frogslegs
The trigger is inside of you ! now being that Jesus the Son of God had no unfulfilled desires
or unsatisfied wants or needs ! Psalm 23:1
Therefore there was nothing yes noithing thjat could tempt Jesus, yet He knew what temptation
James 1:14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away
Hebrews 2:18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help
those who are being tempted. 1 John 2:1
THE WILDERNESS THAT CAPTIVATES
Now we reflect on Moses and the wilderness journey
This "type" of Church or what I like to call "The Church of old"
Moses being the priest and mediator Hebrews 3:3
And we see that tetsings and temptations arose in the wilderness journey
Now in this we reflect on the land of canaan and the jewish people in the promised land
who in latter days had failed to drive out all of Gods enemies from canaan Judges 1:27-36
In the same way as God had commanded that all these heathen peoples be driven out He says
Judges 3:4 They were left to test the Israelites to see whether they would obey the Lord’s
commands, which he had given their forefathers through Moses.
Psalm 107,Study 7,The Four seasons,
And so here in the land of milk and honey we see a temptation and a testing
And in this falling into sin that comes from the inward "desire" which is the driving force
behind the "sin"
The testing was not to worship the gods of the other nations and in this there was an internal wanting to worship another in the hearts of the Israelites
The external temptor was there but the test was whether Gods people in the land of canaan would resist or fall
Exiled and captivated
We see that the Israelites were taken into "captivity" that is to say "Prison" or a "type of"
As to John was exiled to the island of patmos
But we also see that as in paul's and john's examples this was a testing and exile and captivity
to test the faith and the heart being that there being was for preaching the gospel and for
The Israelites example again can be seen as similiar
But in some cases as we know a "sin" can be someone who commits an offence and is
imprisoned , not relating to the following of Christ or the preaching of the gospel and can be
Nonetheless the temptation and the falling into sin is the same
An external temptor causing a temptation but the motivating force to fall into that sin is the inward drive of the person
This in some cases can be the testimony of a person being that the sin and the fall in their lifes can also be the driving force that draws them to Jesus and away from the world
All wayfaring strangers , whether they be Christian or not, are tempted.
All the more , why should a Christian be less affected,
Even more reason to be tested as a Christian that the refiners fire might purge out any dross
Questions relating to this study
1. Why must our faith be tested ?
2. What if Paul had decided not to continue on hisd journey ? would the prophecy of agabus the prophet be seen as false (false prophet) or would Paul have beeen tested and seen as false ? or neither ? after all if either were then we are speaking of Christ here
3. We must all have sin as sin is from within , Matthew 15:11 therefore we are all tempted
so why are we led into temptation ?