Nehemiah’s Gates 2

Many thanks to those who have kindly told me they have trouble with compatibility issues. To be honest, I know a lot about pruning roses but little about computers. I will have to find someone who understands this issue and help me. To be honest, I am at my happiest teaching small groups and taking questions, the internet is a strange but wonderful world to me!

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.

Please either listen to the short audio clip below or read the notes or both at the same time.

2   The Fish Gate

Nehemiah 3:3  ‘The Fish Gate was rebuilt by the sons of Hassenaah. They laid its beams and put its doors and bolts and bars in place.’

Galilean fishermen would bring their fish through this gate to sell in the markets. Simon Peter and the other disciples would have used this gate often. There is an obvious connection with evangelism.

Matthew 4:19  ”Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once, they left their nets and followed him.’

The Fish Gate therefore pertains to the salvation of the soul and evangelism in general. As I write this I pray that the gospel reaches out to the people of Afghanistan. I pray for those who are so courageously continuing to share the good news of Christ even in the midst of this persecution. May their inquisitors become blind and disorientated. May the hearts of the Afghan people be open to the gospel.

The trauma of persecution has always served to bring in a rich harvest of righteousness.

As a young man I had the privilege to work as a lake fisherman on a kibbutz up in the north-west of Israel. It was hard work but what a joy bringing in the nets in the early hours of the morning! We had to work as a team, keeping the nets taut to prevent them drooping under water and fish escaping. Perhaps for this reason, Jesus chose fishermen as disciples because they knew the importance of working as a team.

Tomorrow we explore the Old Gate. Get there now by clicking here.

To go to the beginning, to the first gate, please click here.

Thank you for reading this…

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