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Summary: Their order and position is very specific and give us insight into the journey that God takes each of His children on.

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It’s about time, isn’t it?

Pastor Allan Kircher

Shell Point Baptist Church

14 April, 2013

Nehemiah 3:1-3:32

The work of the church won’t just happen. It takes all of us doing what God would have us to do.

• God promised Israel/they obey Him/He would always protect/prosper them.

• After David came Solomon/then/string mostly bad kings

• Not seeking God or serving God.

• After warning/warning His people thru prophets God turned Israel over to the enemy.

• Jews were scattered throughout the kingdom

• But a small remnant lived in broken-down Jerusalem.

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Nehemiah/cupbearer/Persian King Artaxerxes.

He went/King, told him about the plight of his people in Jerusalem and asked permission to go back and rebuild the wall.

The King agrees and sends Nehemiah back to Jerusalem.

• Nehemiah returns/Jerusalem chap 2

• Surveys/damage/rallies the exiles to help rebuild the wall around the city.

• There were some locals (some Persian and some Jewish) who weren’t on board.

They ridiculed Nehemiah and tried to stop the progress at every turn, but Nehemiah was stubborn and single-minded.

• This isn’t the most exciting chapter in the Bible.

• Nobody/swallowed/fish/Nobody walks/fiery furnace.

• Nobody raises the dead.

• But there are lessons here for the church.

 The walls of Jerusalem stood for something.

 Walls/kept out bad….gates let good in.

 They were more than just protection.

 They stood for the glory of God.

Unbelievers of that day looked at the broken down walls and would mock believers.

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In chapter 3 the actual construction begins.

Now here's/spiritual application/I’ll call it Spiritual Illumination.

• So what can we take from a chapter such as this?

• Well, quite a lot actually.

If we look at these gates

• Positions in the wall of the city

• order which they were rebuilt/purpose of each gate

I believe each of the gates speak of different experiences in our Christian walk that each of us will face.

Their order and position is very specific and give us insight into the journey that God takes each of His children on.

• The wall had 12 gates spaced around the city.

• 10 of them are mentioned in our text.

• Names have deep spiritual meaning.

• We won't overly spiritualize here other than to look at the literal truths that pop right off the page

• Placed there by God I believe.

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1. The sheep gate.

Thru/gate they would bring/sacrificial animals/laid/altar/temple.

• The priests would use this gate.

• Only gate that was 'sanctified.

• This gate reminds us of Jesus, the Lamb of God.

• It all begins and ends with Christ

• Alpha/Omega/the beginning/end

• The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world

• Who will bear His scars for eternity future in heaven.


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