Summary: Be aware of the attack of the enemy and protect your Corner Gate.
The “The Corner Gate Message 5”
The Spiritual Application of the Gates
2 Chronicles 25:21-24 Monte T. Brown
August 17, 2014 Sunday Morning
Stapp Zoe Baptist
King Am-a-zi’ah was not such a good king in that his leadership was a disastrous for Jerusalem.
King Am-a-zi’ah hired a large army from the kingdom of Israel to help him in a war against the Edomites.
However, afterwards, arrogantly dismissed them.
The Israelites were offended and tension grew between Judah and Israel.
King Am-a-zi’ah had been victorious over the Edomites, and had become over confident by the success and arrogantly challenged Jo-ash King of Israel to battle.
Because of his pride and arrogant leadership he introduced Judah to the idolatry of the Edomites, which lead to God forsaking Judah.
The Israelite’s took King Am-a-zi’ah into captivity and the Jo-ash King of Israel took Jerusalem by hitting the weakest point of the wall, at “The Corner Gate.”
Between “The Corner Gate” and “The Ephraim Gate” was located on the north wall of the city.
“The Corner Gate” stood at a remarkable angel in the city wall and was the easiest place to breach the wall of the city.
Therefore the Jo-ash King of Israel easily accessed the city of Jerusalem by breaking down the wall between “The Corner Gate” and “The Ephraim Gate” and seized the spoils of Jerusalem.
King Uz-zi-ah, King Am-a-zi’ah’s son repaired the breaches in the wall and had towers built at the “The Corner Gate” and “The Valley Gate.”
They fortified Jerusalem unto the broad wall—or, "double wall," extending from the gate of Ephraim to the corner gate, four hundred cubits in length.
It was made it so strong that the Chaldeans, finding it difficult to demolish, had left it standing.
When Nehemiah came to rebuild the walls and gates, the wall between “The Corner Gate” and “The Ephraim Gate” did not have to be rebuilt.
21So Jo-ash the king of Israel went up; and they saw one another in the face, both he and Am-a-zi’ah king of Judah, at Beth-she’mesh, which belongeth to Judah.
22And Judah was put to the worse before Israel, and they fled every man to his tent.
23And Jo-ash the king of Israel took Am-a-zi’ah king of Judah, the son of Jo-ash, the son of Je-ho’a-haz, at Beth-she’mesh and brought him to Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim to the corner gate, four hundred cubits.
24And he took all the gold and the silver, and all the vessels that were found in the house of God with O’bed-e’dom, and the treasures of the king's house, the hostages also, and returned to Samaria. 2 Chronicles 25:21-24 (KJV)
Be Aware of the Danger of the Enemy
You can try to make a pet out of a rattle snake, however when you least expect it, it will bite you.
Why because that is their nature, they are a snake.
Islam is not a friend of America, and will never be.
Trying to make friends with the enemy will always come back to bite you.
When you ease expect it your “Corner Gate” will be taken and your walls breached.
Satan is like that he will tell you anything to get you to like him, but he sees nothing wrong with lying, because you’re not his friend, you are deserving to be destroyed.
He attacks in very clever ways, as we can see when we look around us today and see all the immoral acts taking place.
Be Aware of the Danger of Prosperity
Daniel 4:4 "I, Nebuchadnezzar, was living in my palace in comfort and prosperity.
Daniel 4:30 As he looked out across the city, he said, 'Just look at this great city of Babylon! I, by my own mighty power, have built this beautiful city as my royal residence and as an expression of my royal splendor.'
Like King Nebuchadnezzar our nation’s leaders are puffed up with self indulging pride.
It is all about them and no concern about others.
So how do you define success?
What is success?
When is enough wealth to say that you have complete success?
The world would say: “A little more than I have now.”
The world has an EGO problem. What is EGO?
EGO shows up in:
• In your thinking
• Your prayer life
• Your time
• Your giving and tithes
What does the Bible say about success? Joshua 1:7 Be strong and very courageous. Obey all the laws Moses gave you. Do not turn away from them, and you will be successful in everything you do.
How would you define success? Success is:
• Knowing and fulfilling your purpose in life!
• Growing to reach your maximum potential.
Genuinely Renounce your Sin and do what is right.