Summary: This sermon is for those who are experiencing the valley, a need of encouragement.
Neh3:13 - In the valley
Hanun=”gracious”, repair = to strengthen, prevail, harden, be strong, become strong, be courageous, be firm, grow firm, be resolute, be sore. Zanoah = "cast off"
1 We still build (ba-na)
• Building us to His Glory.
o Step by step, in His time (matt 4.24)
• Rebuilding us from the ashes.
o Job sitting in the ashes, David after baby with Bathsheba died.
• Establishing us in Him
o Restore us through His Grace (Peter)
o Making us Permanent in Him. (the Christian)
2 We still have a door. (deh’•leth)
• There is still access to God.
o Works both ways (ask, seek, knock & I stand at the door knocking)
• There is Hope.
o In freedom and in service (Deut 15.12.18)
• There is the Word.
o 1 Sam 3.15- Samuel laid at the door as God spoke.
o John 10.7.9 – I am the door.
3 We still have security (locks, Bars, & walls)
• He is the one that bolts (locks) me to himself.
o those that you have given me I have kept.
• He is the fortress (bars = ber-e-akh) for me.
o First time used is in the use of the tabernacle (ex 26.26)
• He is the wall of my salvation (Wall = kho-ma (ho-ma))
o Ex 14.22 – “waters were a wall unto them”