Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Nehemiah. Part 28. A tour of the walls of Jerusalem with Nehemiah, part 1.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
You know many believers have voiced their excitement concerning the book I have spent hours on writing, The Angelic Conflict.
I have heard from pastors and believers who I respect say “Great job pastor, we need that book,” but where is their support?” Why is it that I have spent, not 5 or 10 years, but as I counted over 40 years, learning about this subject and now writing about it and yet there is still a financial need to have it printed.
I have written over 27 books and have never taken or received one dollar for any of them.
Why? MAT 10:8 “freely you received, freely give.”
And added to that MIC 3:9-11 says Now hear this, heads of the house of Jacob And rulers of the house of Israel, Who abhor justice And twist everything that is straight, MIC 3:10-11, Who build Zion with bloodshed And Jerusalem with violent injustice. Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe, Her priests instruct for a price, And her prophets divine for money.
Many believers would rather support missionary work, as they feed individuals and clothe them, rather than teach them about the angelic conflict, and the reason why they have been created.
And trust me, I know where this is going but as Clark Gable said in his last words to Scarlett O’Hara at the end of the film “Gone with the Wind” “Frankly,” or simply “My dear, I don’t give a damn.”
The apostle Paul put it his way, GAL 4:16 Have I therefore become your enemy by telling you the truth?
JAM 2:15-17, If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
The sad thing is that the ones who have given are the ones who always seem to give, including yours truly.
Our main passage in the context of Rom 9 beginning in verse 15 says this;
ROM 9:15-24, For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed throughout the whole earth.” So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires. You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?” On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use, and another for common use? What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? And He did so in order that He might make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles.
Now, remember, we have been noting the first group of the vessels of mercy, the Jews led by Nehemiah and his desire for Jewish restoration.
We will also note the second group of the vessels of mercy who are called from among the Gentiles and led by their apostle, the apostle Paul.
The beginning of repairing the walls and rebuilding the gates is found in NEH 3:1 Then [ELI-A-SHIB] Eliashib the high priest arose with his brothers the priests and built the Sheep Gate; they consecrated it and hung its doors. They consecrated the wall to the Tower of the Hundred and the Tower of [HAN-NA-NEL] Hananel.
NEH 3:2-8, And next to him the men of Jericho built, and next to them Zac-cur the son of [IM-RE] Imri built. Now the sons of [HA-SE-NAH] Hassenaah built the Fish Gate; they laid its beams and hung its doors with its bolts and bars. And next to them Me-re-moth the son of Uriah the son of Hak-koz made repairs. And next to him Me-shul-lam the son of Berechiah the son of [ME-SHAZ-A-BLE] Meshezabel made repairs. And next to him Zadok the son of [BA-NAH] Baana also made repairs. Moreover, next to him the TEAK-O-ITES Tekoites made repairs, but their nobles did not support the work of their masters. And [JOE-I-DAH] Joiada the son of [PA-SI-AH] Paseah and Me-shul-lam the son of [BES-O-DI-A] Besodeiah repaired the Old Gate; they laid its beams and hung its doors, with its bolts and its bars. Next to them Me-la-tiah the Gibeonite and Jadon the Me-ron-thite, the men of Gibeon and of Mizpah, also made repairs for the official seat of the governor of the province beyond the River. Next to him [U-ZE-EL] Uzziel the son of Har-ha-iah of the goldsmiths made repairs. And next to him Hananiah, one of the perfumers, made repairs, and they restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall.
Now, we have already noted that many of the books written on the book of Nehemiah sadly omit chapter three as if there is not much to offer the believer in the Old Testament, as well as the Church.
And we disproved and discredited this on Friday evening as we began an introduction to Nehemiah chapter 3 to note some important principles of doctrine.
And once again, we will become fascinated as we make this tour of the walls of Jerusalem with Nehemiah.
As we examine the massive stones of the walls, they begin to speak.
They have a message for us because you and I are building spiritual walls with the same principles of gates and having the same message.
1PE 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Today God has given us a subcontract that you and I might build these walls of Jerusalem in our own hearts and lives.
And so notice in NEH 3:1 again as we read, Then [ELI-A-SHIB] Eliashib the high priest arose with his brothers the priests and built the Sheep Gate; they consecrated it and hung its doors. This is the gate through which the sheep were brought into the city to be used at the altar. This foreshadows the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. We enter the Sheep Gate first when we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. So we start at the Sheep Gate. The Sheep Gate speaks of Christ our sacrifice.
As you might expect from JOH 1:29-36, behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world. JOH 1:29The next day he *saw Jesus coming to him, and *said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
The Lamb as the sacrifice goes all the way back to Abel’s offering in GEN 4:4; where the Lord had respect for Abel’s offering but not for Cain’s.
Abel’s offering represented that which God provided, the bloody lamb. Cain’s offering represented that which man provides which is human good. It also goes all the way back to Isaac’s substitute when Abraham took his son Isaac on the mountain in
Gen 22 to offer him. And in GEN 22:8 And Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” Not the Lord would provide but God will provide because the entire Trinity was involved in the sacrifice of the lamb or the sheep.
For example, the Father sent the Son, JOH 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. The Son executed the plan JOH 10:17 “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.
JOH 10:18 “No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This commandment I received from My Father.”
The Holy Spirit empowered the humanity of TLJC in HEB 9:14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
And so the Sheep Gate is a Gate that needs to be repaired at times in our life.
We repair or have the Sheep Gate in our lives restored when we remember Him, TLJC, and learn of Him as we are commissioned to in ** PHI 3:10 that I may come to know Him, and the power of [behind] His resurrection and the participation of His sufferings, being conformed to His death;
And so in NEH 3:1, the high priest [ELI-A-SHIB] Eliashib with his brothers the priests and built the Sheep Gate;
And so the spiritual meaning of the Sheep Gate is that the high priest was building it and that through the Sheep Gate lambs and sheep were brought to the temple, in which they were offered.
And so the interesting spiritual analogy is that Jesus Christ is called our High Priest, not ELI-A-SHIB but TLJC who is the Lamb, who was offered for the sake of our sins.
HEB 2:17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
HEB 5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in things pertaining to God, in order to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins;
Also the building of the wall and gates begins from the Sheep Gate in Nehemiah 3, because everything begins from the offering of the Lamb (Jesus Christ).
It is also very significant that [ELI-A-SHIB] Eliashib means in the Hebrew “God will restore” We rebuild and restore or strengthen this gate in our life when we preach about TLJC! The Sheep Gate is also always the starting place for strength in our life which is why it is the first Gate mentioned.
It is the beginning of rebound and recovery and being filled with the Spirit, and therefore the beginning of divine reparation. The point is examine the Sheep Gate in your life and repair it if necessary.
The priests (verse 1) and the merchants (verse 2) may not be equally talented in the art of building, but in the Name of God they helped in the work. Priests do not typically work with stones and hammers.