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The B.I.B.L.E......The Water Gate (8 of 11)
Series: Realms of Revival
Nehemiah 3: 26- 27 I Peter 1: 23
Intro: as a small child growing up in the Baptist Church, where God saved my soul, I learned a little song entitled, "THE B.I.B.L.E". That song has stayed with me all through these years. It's lyrics go like this:
Yes, that's the Book for me
I stand alone on the Word of God
As we approach the "Water Gate", on our stroll around the wall of Jerusalem, there are certain aspects associated with this gate, in it's description, that are worthy of mention. They are:
1. The Workers Described
a. they were dwellers
We are told that these "Nethinims" dwelt at the Water gate. This is a picture of how the child of God should dwell in the Word of God. If you dwell at the well, you can have a spell at the well. Our modern day church is in desperate need of some "book dwellers" and "well dwellers"
b. they were dedicated
The name "Nethinim" means "dedicated, annointed ones". This is a picture of the power of God's Word that comes to those who dwell and are dedicated.
2. The Work Detailed
It is important to note that of all the gates mentioned and described by Nehemiah, that in the description of the gate, there is not mention of repair or rebuilding. This watergate stands for the Word of God, and God's Word needs no repair or does it stand in need of rebuilding. The anvil of God's infallible, inerrant and inexhaustible Word, needs no repair. Mankind, throughout the ages, has bent their hammers of apostasy upon God's Word, but still, they have never even dented this precious Book.
Last eve I stood beside the blacksmith's door
And heard the anvil ring the evening chime
And looking in, I saw upon the floor
Rude hammers worn with beating years of time
"How many anvils have you had", said I
"To wear and batter all those hammers so?"
"Just one", said he, with a twinkling of his eye
The an ...
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