The Wall Series
Part 4 The Gates (b)
- Recap story of Nehemiah
- Recap teaching on the Gates of Jerusalem
- Last week we walked through the Sheep Gate, The Fish Gate, The Old Gate and The Valley Gate…
Psalm 23 (NASB)
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. 3 He restores my soul;
He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
I pray that today’s message
transition from a head knowledge into a heart revelation
and through the power and the person of the Holy spirit
renew our minds and transform our lives in the name of Jesus.
- The Refuse Gate
Nehemiah 3:14 (NASB)
Malchijah the son of Rechab, the official of the district of Beth-haccherem repaired the Refuse Gate. He built it and hung its doors with its bolts and its bars.
All of Jerusalem’s waste and rubbish was taken out through the refuse gate, down to the valley of Hinnom, where it would be burned.
There is quite a distance to the next gate indicating that, unfortunately, the valley experience can carry on for some time. But the result of that experience is clearly seen in this next gate – the refuse gate. This is where the rubbish is removed, and this is what happens in our own life. 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. Clearing away the rubbish in our lives is never easy but the benefits of this experience can be seen in the next gate.
Refined by the Fire
Luke 3:16 (NKJV)
John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Purged and Made Clean
Psalm 51:6-7 (NKJV)
Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom. 7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Lay aside every weight, so you can RUN!
Hebrews 12:1 (NKJV)
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…
When you’ve walked through the valley, the pace picks up and you begin to run!
Trust in the Lord
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
You will notice also that at this point of your Christian life there is a dramatic ‘turning of the corner’ that takes place. From the diagram above, up until this point we have been moving downward and the experiences have been hard, but having come to this point there is a sharp turn in the road and we begin to move upward again.
- The Fountain Gate
Nehemiah 3:15 (NASB)
Shallum the son of Col-hozeh, the official of the district of Mizpah, repaired the Fountain Gate. He built it, covered it and hung its doors with its bolts and its bars, and the wall of the Pool of Shelah at the king’s garden as far as the steps that descend from the city of David.
The fountain gate is located near the pool of Siloah and was often used by the people for cleaning before proceeding on to the temple.
You will notice from the picture that the fountain gate is located extremely close to the refuse gate. In other words, after a valley type experience where rubbish in our lives is cleared out through the refuse gate, true faith comes forth and the fountains begin to flow quite quickly! This speaks to us of the living waters of the Holy Spirit that cleanse our lives and empower us for our Christian life. Jesus said…
John 7:38 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”
In Good Hope, we had a spring fed pond that no matter what, it stayed full because it was fed by an underground spring.
When the fountain of the Holy Spirit springs forth again in your walk, it won’t matter what going on around you, you will be refreshed and clean in you inner most parts!
God’s word will come alive again and be life to you!
- The Water Gate
Nehemiah 3:26 (NASB)
The temple servants living in Ophel made repairs as far as the front of the Water Gate toward the east and the projecting tower.
JOKE: This is the gate that caused Richard Nixon so many problems.
The Water Gate led down to the Gihon Spring which was located adjacent to the Kidron Valley.
The next gate we arrive at is the water gate. The water gate is a picture of the word of God and its effect in our life.
Ephesians 5:25-26 (NASB)
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word…
Psalm 119 teaches that it is only through God’s word that we can be clean.
Psalm 119:9 (NASB)
How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word.
It is no coincidence that this gate was located next to the fountain gate as the two often go together. The Holy Spirit is the one who makes the word of God alive to us personally, allowing cleansing, encouragement and direction to take place in our life.
Musicians Come Forward Here
The Woman at the Well Experienced the Living Word Himself
John 4:7-14 (NKJV)
A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Where then do You get that living water? 12 Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
There is a River
There was a thirsty woman
She was drawing from the well
See, her life was ruined and wasted
And her soul was bound for hell
Oh, but then she met the Master and He told her of her sin
And He said, “If you drink this water, you’ll never thirst again”
There is a river and it flows from deep within
There is a fountain that frees the soul from sin
Come to this water
There is a vast supply
There is a river that never shall run dry
Invitation for Salvation
Heads bowed, and eyes closed…
I’m going to make the words of that song very personal now…
Someone here today is thirsty like that woman at the well? Is that you?
Have you come today to draw from the well? Have realized that without Jesus your life is ruined and wasted and your bound for hell for all eternity.
Oh, but you don’t need to worry about that anymore because you’re encountering Jesus right now. If you drink this water, you’ll never thirst again.
Lord, today I’m thirsty for more than this life of sin. Like the woman at the well my, life is ruined and wasted, and I know without you my soul is bound for hell. I’ve come to meet the master and never thirst again. Jesus, I believe in my heart the simple Gospel truth, you died on a cross for my sins, you rose from the grave so that I might have life eternal. I repent of my sins and I receive you as Savior and Lord of my life. I receive Your salvation, right here, right now, today!
Raise Hands if You Prayed that Prayer