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Nehemiah and friends returned to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem which had fallen down during the Babylonian conquest.
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 through Christ Jesus was birthed from the very beginning.
To begin at the beginning, at the first gate, please click here.
Please either listen to the short audio clip above or read the notes below or both at the same time!
3 The Old Gate
The Old Gate is also known as the Jeshanah Gate.
Nehemiah 3:6 ‘The Jeshanah Gate was repaired by Joida, son of Paseah and Meshullam son of Besodeiah.’
There is always the temptation to go back to the past when things go wrong. This is especially true when the ‘honeymoon period’ that we have, when we are first saved, wears off.
Gosh, I know a fair bit about this. I am eternally grateful to to those who cherished and held us close during our early days when there was ever the temptation to retreat back to the sub-culture that Jesus had taken out of.
However, we are new creations:
2 Corinthians 5:17 ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come.’
The Christian life certainly has its fair share of challenges! There is always the temptation to throw it all in and go back to the illusion that the sinful life offered. Simon Peter had the answer for this though:
John 6:66 ‘From this time, many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
The Old Gate therefore pertains to the old nature of the self which is done away with as we embrace our new nature in Christ Jesus.
I pray that as the Afghans discover the gospel that they will be strong and true and not be tempted back to the old ways, no matter how hard or tough the road may become. I pray that they will be caught up in the magnificence of the words of eternal life.
I pray also for the emergence of true shepherds in both Iran and Afghanistan who will be able to guide and counsel their flock and develop other disciple-makers.
Tomorrow we explore the Valley Gate. Get there now by clicking here.
Thank you for reading this…
To begin at the beginning, please click below:
Nehemiah Gate 1 The Sheep Gate
Nehemiah Gate 2 The Fish Gate