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Definition of Inspection
1: the act of inspecting
1b: recognition of a familiar pattern leading to immediate solution of a mathematical problem
2: a checking or testing of an individual against established standards
Definition of Corner
1b: the place of intersection of two streets or roads
3a: a private, secret, or remote place
3b: a position from which escape or retreat is difficult or impossible
5: a point at which significant change occurs
2: used or fitted for use in or on a corner
Welcome back to The Road2Wholeness Blog. Thank you for taking the stroll with us today. We're moving on to the 3rd blog in the "Gate" series. Today we take a look at the design of the Wall around the City of Jerusalem. In Chapter 3 of Nehemiah it describes the work of repairing the wall, some of people involved, their contributions, and it also gives the whereabouts of the Inspection Gate and the Sheep Gate in proximity to "a room above the corner" between the two gates. Go to Nehemiah 3:31-32 now. In verse 31 and 32, it reads, "Next to him, Malkijah, one of the goldsmiths, made repairs as far as the house of the temple servants and the merchants, opposite the Inspection Gate, and as far as the room above the corner, and between the room above the corner and the Sheep Gate the goldsmiths and merchants made repairs."
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If we look at the above picture of the wall surrounding the city we can see clearly what is being described. There's also a lot more that can be gathered by looking at the picture. In the definitions above, we see corner defined as a point where significant change occurs. It is also said to be a private, secret, or remote place, as well as a position from which escape or retreat is difficult. If we take a look away from the corner the above scripture describes for a moment, and turn our attention to the "Old Gate" on the left we will see that it is followed by the Fish Gate. Between the Old Gate however, and the Fish Gate there is only a rounded turn. The image show that there is no corner. This is important because of what each gate represents. After the Fish Gate we come to the Sheep Gate, and then before we can arrive at the Inspection Gate; there's an interruption. There's a corner.
Looking once again to the definitions given for the word corner, we can see that "a corner is a place where two streets or roads intersect". Still, let's take our attention away from that corner for just another observation. The Old Gate is a representation of the Old Covenant. The Fish Gate is a place where new Believers enter the Circle of Believers and take up their initial understanding. Then there's a transformation that happens even before "the corner with the room above". It's the road where fish become sheep. Now we arrive at that infamous corner where two roads meet. Now take a glance at the image again and compare the right side to the left side, and it becomes clear why there's an Inspection Gate.
For mature Believers in Christ, the corner with a room above may have immediately triggered your understanding, but for others maybe not. I know for me, I immediately thought of The Upper Room; that special place which we prepare and set aside for God. Needless to say, I was happy to see it show up here right above a corner; a position from which escape or retreat is difficult. And so necessary in this equation because the scripture above describes that across from the Inspection Gate the Merchants and the Goldsmiths are plenty.
Why do you presume that this is the place where the Merchants and the Goldsmiths hang out and even work to repair? Can you see that this is the place where all the lures might find it appropriate or even most necessary to set up shop? It's easy and fun to read through the bible collecting all the stories and tales, but when we read the word, can we find the questions that will help us to renew and strengthen our faith, and even withstand?
Some months ago, the Spirit said to me... "Without a corner, you will always see too many ways." Now we are here in the Gate Blog Series and I'm reading about this corner with a room above it positioned between the Sheep Gate and The Inspection Gate. How amazing to realize that before every inspection between dimensions in our faith we will face a corner. It's empowering for me to arrive at this understanding because most of us are always preparing for the inspections in our lives, but the moment we hit a corner, we back away or change directions. If only we'd known that the corner comes right before the next inspection, and that there's a room above that corner.
Just one last observation. Let's just review a few of those definitions of corner once again. "Fitted for use in a corner" and "A place where significant change occurs." These two are the reasons why we should not turn back. Thus, I just call your attention back to the transformation that happened between the Fish Gate and the Sheep Gate, and remind you that if you take the "right turn" the "upright turn", that you are fit for use in your next corner.
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Remember to Go Within that you may never Go Without. The God within you awaits you. Until our paths collide again, I wish you... Peace, Love, Life, and Complete Wholeness in Christ.
NaTisha Renee Williams