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Nehemiah Part 34. A tour of the walls of Jerusalem with Nehemiah, part 7.

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Refuse Gate – it’s actually The Dung Gate.

The Refuse Gate –
is actually a picture
of Rebound and
Spiritual Recovery.
It speaks of cleansing, of sanctification.

PSA 51:7,10 David said, ‘Wash me and I will be clean; cleanse me and I will be whiter than snow.’
PSA 51:7 Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.PSA 51:10Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Cleansing can only come by God’s forgiveness. He’s the only one who can cleanse us; we can’t cleanse ourselves.

It is by confession in fact that the Lord is set free to apply the cleansing power to us.

2TI 2:20-22, Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. Therefore, if a man cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. Now flee from youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

Whether it’s mental attitude sins or sins of the tongue or overt acts of sin, whenever that happens at that moment of time, we are a vessel of dishonor, because we are filled with that which is rejected.

Once the vessel is cleansed, Paul says, then a man will be useful for the work of the Master.

1CO 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

Confession remember is for our benefit, not God’s.

GEN 3:9 Then the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”

The problem was Adam didn’t know where he was.

He had to be confronted with the reality of what he had done and the consequences of what he had done, and that’s really what confession does.

1. 1SA 21:1-10, David willfully sinned and lied and as result of his lie, an entire city, the city of Nob, was wiped out, but David understood the Refuse or the Dung Gate.

2. David faked that he was crazy, he became a phony and he made the enemy believe he was crazy and as a result hundreds died, but David understood the Refuse or the Dung Gate.

3. 1SA 2:11-18, thousands were killed in battle because of Satan’s temptation of David as he pretended to be crazy in the city of Gath.

4. 2SA 11:1,
David failed in responsibility,
he should have led his troops in battle but he stayed home in Jerusalem and as a result there was disaster on the battlefield there was also disaster on the home-front on Jerusalem.

He simply got up and moved on because David understood the Refuse or the Dung Gate.

5. 2SA 11:2-27,
while he was in Jerusalem,
he ends up in certain “shocking” sins, he committed adultery, he got a man drunk, he committed murder,
and he lied.

6. 2SA 6:1-13, he did not honor the word of God but he purposely disobeyed God’s command about the ark he ignored the Word of God and men were killed as a result.

7. 1Ch 21, David rejected the promises of God and questioned God. Joab his chief of staff warned him about this unbelief but he did it anyway.

8. His failure to forgive his son completely because David understood the Refuse or the Dung Gate.

David had failed,
and his failure had brought about a personal destabilization.

TLJC used the Valley of Hinnom near Jerusalem (which was the site of sacrificial murder of children in the worship of Moloch) as the image of Hell (“Gehenna” is the Greek name for both Hell and the Valley of Hinnom).

Valley experiences are used by the Lord to clear away the rubbish so that true faith, refined by the fire, can come forth and produce fruit.

He builds the Dung Gate – and we might tend to look at that with our mind-set as being some kind of an insult – but it’s actually an expression of honor because the Dung Gate is a picture of Spiritual Recovery.

Some of the people were willing to work in more difficult places than others, without complaining.

DEU 28:47 “Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things;

1CO 1:27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised, God has chosen, the things that are not, that He might nullify the things that are,

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