|What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice|
Msg #1914 A Walk Thru Ten Gates
What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
Nehemiah chapter three allows an informative stroll around the holy city that God loves, the city where Jehovah God chose to put his name. It begins, “Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests, and they builded the Sheep Gate.” If you will tour God's city you start as a sheep; “All we like sheep have gone astray; ... and the LORD hath laid on him (the Christ) the iniquity of us all... I (the Christ) am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine” (Isa 53:6, John 10:14). At the Fish Gate (vr.3) recall Christ's call to some fishermen, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” “The Old Gate repaired Jehoiada...” (vr,6) and God says, “Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls” (Jer 6:16).
Pass the Valley Gate and the Dung Gate (vr.13), hear David, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” The garbage goes out the Dung Gate, and Christian, don't pretend there's no garbage needing removed from your life.
The Fountain Gate (vr.14) recites, “With thee is the fountain of life:... I (the Christ) am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely” (Ps 36:9, Rev21:6). At the Water Gate (vr.26) recall how Christ loved the church “and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word” (Eph 5:25-26).
The Horse Gate, East Gate, and Gate Miphkad all speak to us of our gathering at Christ's second coming. We've circled the city and that brings us back to the Sheep Gate (vr.32). Christ will soon divide between the sheep and the goats; in Isaiah 53:6 make sure you come in at the first “all” and come out at the second “all.”
An Essay for week #14 Apr 7, 2019
Msg in audio at www.GSBaptistChurch.com/audio/gs190407.mp3
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