The Leader As A Gate Keeper
I. BIBLICAL VALUE OF THE WORDS
(Proverbs 8:34; 31:23; Deuteronomy 21:19; 22:15; 22:24; 25:7; Ruth 4:10 11)
Pro. 8:34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
Pro. 31:23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.
Deut. 21:19 Then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city, to the gate of his city.
Deut. 22:15 Then the father and mother of the young woman shall take and bring out the evidence of the young woman's virginity to the elders of the city at the gate.
Deut. 22:24 Then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city, and you shall stone them to death with stones, the young woman because she did not cry out in the city, and the man because he humbled his neighbor's wife; so you shall put away the evil from among you.
Deut. 25:7 But if the man does not want to take his brother's wife, then let his brother's wife go up to the gate to the elders, and say, "My husband's brother refuses to raise up a name to his brother in Israel; he will not perform the duty of my husband's brother."
Ruth 4:10 11 Moreover, Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, I have acquired as my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance, that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brethren and from his position at the gate. You are witnesses this day. And all the people who were at the gate, and the elders, said, "We are witnesses. The LORD make the woman who is coming to your house like Rachel and Leah, the two who built the house of Israel; and may you prosper in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem.
A. Biblical Concept of Gates
1. Hebrew (sha'ar): an entrance; the space inside the marketplace or public meeting place; the gate of a city, a town, palace, castle, temple, court of a tabernacle.
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