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Please either listen to the short audio clip above or read the notes below or both at the same time!
The rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem by Nehemiah was birthed in tears and prayers and fasting.
Nehemiah 1:3a ‘The wall of Jerusalem is broken down and its gates have been burned with fire. When I heard these things I sat down and wept. for some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.’
Ten gates are mentioned in Nehemiah chapter 3, proceeding counter-clockwise from the north wall of the Temple. The circumference of the walls was approximately two and one-half miles, encompassing, I believe, approximately 220 acres.
The names of the gates looked forward to the gospel and the Messiah Yeshua who was to come. And so we can see how God’s sovereign plan to bring redemption to mankind was birthed from the very beginning.
It is so wonderful that the gospel of Jesus is embroidered into the whole of scripture.
1 The Sheep Gate
Nehemiah 3:1 ‘Then Eliashib the high priest arose with his brothers the priests and built the Sheep Gate; they consecrated it and hung its doors. They consecrated the wall to the Tower of the Hundred and the Tower of Hananel’.
Sheep were brought through this gate to the Temple for the twice-daily sacrifice upon the altar. This looks forward to Christ Jesus being the Shepherd of our souls:
1 Peter 2:25 ‘For you were like sheep going astray but now you have returned to the Shepherd and overseer of your souls.’
Yet Jesus was also the sacrificial Lamb who died to pay for our sins.
John 1:29 ‘The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”
When we respond to the gospel we hear him and follow his voice:
John 10:27 ‘My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.’
The Sheep Gate therefore pertains to the sacrificial death of Christ Jesus for the sins of mankind.
As I write these notes, I am praying that the Good Shepherd will be watching over Afghanistan and Iran, and that his flock will hear his voice and respond to his call. I pray that they become tired and disillusioned with the god of the Taliban, the god of atrocities, and they turn to the loving arms of the true God who deeply loves them.
Revelation 7:17a ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’
Tomorrow we explore the Fish Gate! Get there now by clicking here.
Thank you for reading this….