This is part 13 of a several part devotion dedicated to the book of Nehemiah chapter 3.
Next to him, Malkijah, one of the goldsmiths, made repairs as far as the house of the temple servants and the merchants, opposite the Inspection Gate, and as far the room above the corner.
Do you ever skip over chapters in the Bible like this? Go read it, Nehemiah 3, it just lists people's names and what they worked on and in what order they did. I almost skipped it, I almost just zipped right through it. I was riding in the car after doing a half good job of reading the chapter when I heard, "the gates, study the gates," in my Spirit. So I went back and I studied the gates. They mean something alright. It's a blue print laid out for us. If you need restoration in your life (who doesn't?!?!?!) or if you are needing to go through recovery (gaining back something that was lost, returning to a normal healthy place!!!!!!), here is your plan.
In part 12 we talked about the Eastern Gate. The twelfth step in this restoration / recovery process. The Eastern Gate is about the remembrance of the return of Jesus. Having that mind set to be waiting for his return.
The next and final gate mentioned is the Inspection Gate. Inspection of your life, that is. We have been through every gate at this point. We have made a full circle. We started with the Sheep gate / salvation, got our faith built up at the Old Gate, cleaned out our souls at the Dung Gate, experienced the protection and cleansing power at the Fountain Gate, learned how to life the lifestyle that God wants us to at the Water Gate, learned a little about spiritual battles at the Horse Gate, and now we are about to make full circle. I love that these steps are in a circle. A continuous circle. That we can go round and round and round. Because lets face it, this wall and set of gates that surrounds Jerusalem they are big. They cover a lot of area. They aren't always going to stay in perfect tip top shape. Cracks may form in certain areas and once we inspect and realize where they are we might need to go fix that section again. An enemy might weasel his way in while we are preoccupied fixing a piece of the wall. We might need to go back and revisit a gate to make sure it is in working area. This circle of work is going to continue until the return of The Lord. It's ok to keep working, and keep on repairing, and keep on building as long as we stay inside the city.
Nehemiah 10: 30
"We promise not..."
You see everything was going good for the Israelites. They had worked hard. Full circle. Put their whole heart into it. Ezra had presented the Law of Moses to them. They had fasted. They had prayed. They had praised. They had promised. They were making it. They were doing this thing.
Now the leaders of the people settled in Jerusalem. The rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of every ten of them to live in Jerusalem, the Holy City, while the remaining nine were to stay in their own towns. The people commended all who volunteered to live in Jerusalem.
Then once everything was fixed enough to function and all the hard hard work was done. They had to cast lots to see who would HAVE to stay in the city. And, the people that were basically MADE to stay they were commended. Why? After all the work and going through all the processes to fix all the gates. Why would they not want to stay in the city?
Probably because living in the city took more work. It was a Holy City! It is Jerusalem for goodness sakes! You have to live right and act right and you are required to defend what you built, if you stay inside the city.
Don't be like the Israelites. Let your hearts desire to be a living sacrifice to God. To realize that living inside this Holy City might not always be easy. You are going to have to battle and defend and fight and forgive and be nice and love others and serve Jesus. But, oh how worth it it will be. To here Him finally say, "You did good my child. You sacrificed for Me. You held on for Me. You made it." Inspect. Inspect your life again from this gate. Don't exit from here. Don't say everything is ok. Go find an area and work some more. Go repair that little crack before it becomes a gaping hole. Go protect that certain piece of the wall that is easily attacked. Stay inside this circle. Choose to live in Jerusalem. Choose on your own to stay inside this Holy City!!!
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This is a devotion that will be written in several parts as we discover the different gates and parts of the wall and what that means for us in the process of restoration and recovery. When a new devotion is written I will link here:
I have written several other devotions from the book of Nehemiah that occur before or after chapter 3. They are linked here: