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Nehemiah 3:1-5; Nehemiah 3:6-12 (Pt. 2) Thought/Prayer:  Gates and Towers.  Topics:  2 at end.

The Builders of the Walls 
“Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, and they built the sheep gate; they sanctified it, and set up the doors of it; even to the tower of Meah they sanctified it, to the tower of Hananeel. And next to him built the men of Jericho. And next to them built Zaccur the son of Imri.

But the fish gate did the sons of Hassenaah build, who also laid the beams thereof, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof. And next to them repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah, the son of Koz. And next to them repaired Meshullam the son of Berechiah, the son of Meshezabeel. And next to them repaired Zadok the son of Baana. and next to them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their LORD.”

“Moreover the old gate repaired Jehoiada the son of Paseah, and Meshullam the son of Besodeiah; they laid the beams thereof, and set up the doors thereof, and the locks thereof, and the bars thereof. And next to them repaired Melatiah the Gibeonite, and Jadon the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon, and of Mizpah, to the throne of the governor on this side the river. Next to him repaired Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, of the goldsmiths. Next to him also repaired Hananiah the son of one of the apothecaries, and they fortified Jerusalem to the broad wall. And next to them repaired Rephaiah the son of Hur, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem. And next to them repaired Jedaiah the son of Harumaph, even over against his house. And next to him repaired Hattush the son of Hashabniah. Malchijah the son of Harim, and Hashub the son of Pahathmoab, repaired the other piece, and the tower of the furnaces. And next to him repaired Shallum the son of Halohesh, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem, he and his daughters.”  (AKJV) Read this scripture and more at

God puts in details in His Word, details with which we may not directly identify, but which are interesting.  In this passage about Nehemiah and the building of the walls of Jerusalem, we are given insight into some of the gates in the walls of Jerusalem.  A sheep gate; a fish gate; and an old gate.  If we have not studied maps of old Jerusalem, these gates may seem beyond what we need to know.  But we see that Nehemiah is just recording how things went, how each person or persons had their own assigned segment of the walls to restore.

There have surely been many drawings of what these gates looked like, based on the history of the city.  But it is just rather enjoyable to picture what they might have been like, in imagination.  Perhaps the sheep gate teemed with rams and ewes entering the city to be later offered as sacrifices.  Maybe the fish gate retained the odor of fish and no doubt about it.  Apparently fishmongers would not use the gate reserved for sheep. 

Three towers are mentioned.  Towers perhaps for guards patrolling the top of the walls?  One is the tower of the furnaces.  Interesting.  Furnaces for what?

There is a broad wall.  How was it different from others?

We can only imagine, for this writing.  But God had a purpose for putting all of this detail into the account.  To take this out a bit farther, God writes detail into all of our lives.  He plans every inch for us, just like He planned for Jerusalem’s walls.  Whether we are building up our spiritual life, or repairing it, God is involved and knows just the needed measurements, just how far we need to be taken in our walk with Him.  He builds His walls of faith both around us, and from within us.  As we serve Him, prayerfully, He is busy protecting us; and He is allowing us to build walls for others to be secure, as those we know are built up in the faith.

Lord, thank you for these little details that can become enjoyable to ponder.  Thank You that You build us up so that we can then build up others, exactly to Your specifications, gates and towers and all.

Topics:  Pray for opportunity to not only let God build our own walls of protection, but pray to help others also do the same.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 07/14 at 04:34 PM
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