Onto Gate 4

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Definition of "Next to"

1: immediately following or adjacent to
2: in comparison to

Definition of Opposite

2: occupying an opposing and often antagonistic position
2b: diametrically different (as in nature or character)

1: across from and usually facing or on the same level with

Definition of Front and "In Front of"

2: an area of activity or interest
3: a side of a building that contains the principal entrance

3: to face toward or have frontage on

Welcome back to The Road2Wholeness Blog.  Thank you for taking the stroll with us today.  We're still in "Gate" a Blog Series, and we're onto Gate 4.  Let's look again in the book of Nehemiah, and specifically to the details pronounced in Chapter 3 beginning with verse 28.  We find the use of the terms, "Next to", "Opposite of", and "In Front of".

Throughout the blog series we've looked at some very common words.  We've found some new context and meanings, and they've helped to also bring deeper meaning to Nehemiah's rebuilding project.

Up to this point we've opened up the meaning of the word "Gate" itself, along with Door, Bolt, Beam, Bar, and Inspection.  We've pulled scripture from the book of Revelation as well as Nehemiah, and we have unlocked several keys pertaining to The New Jerusalem and in both a spiritual and physical context.

Today, we take all that we've found and learned to zone in on the Horse Gate.

To do that let's jump to Jeremiah 12:5.  It reads, "If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses?  If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the tickets by the Jordan?"

Now let's return to our three highlighted terms.  Nehemiah 3:28 begins by placing the priests above the horse gate and tells of them making repairs each in front of their own home.  It then lists Zadok son of Immer next to them making repairs opposite his house.  Here we see Self, Neighbor, and Opposition.

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Based on the diagram used in "Gate 3", along with the preceding verses, that positions the priests between the Inspection Gate and the East Gate.  It's a tight squeeze, but can you see that another transformation takes place between the inspection gate and the horse gate?  And rightly so.. In Revelation 6:1 it reads, "I watched as the Lamb opened the first of seven seals.  Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, "Come!"  Scripture then goes on to describe a series of horses.  First a white horse whose rider held a bow; he was given a crown and rode out as a conqueror.  Next was a fiery red horse whose rider was given power to take peace from the earth and make people kill each other.  To him was given a large sword.  Third was a black horse.  Its rider was holding a pair of scales.  Fourth was a pale horse.  Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him.

But do not be discouraged, and do not afraid.  Before the horse gate comes the East Gate.  And out of the East Gate we receive Hope, and find all we need to run with horses.  We take a spiritual eye to our three terms now and examine the areas where those between the Inspection Gate and the Horse Gate spent their repairs.  The priests worked in front of their own homes; that's on self; "an area of interest" and "the principle entrance of a building".  Those who worked next to the priest were neighbors; people of like mind and faith.  In one definition, not sited here, "next to " also means to be abreast of.  These people fill an important position.  They are abreast of the work the priests are doing, understand what it means to be next to, and they make repairs opposite their house.  That's opposite as in definition 2b (diametrically different in nature).

If we go back to the diagram, it makes sense because we know and already established in a previous blog that the merchants and goldsmiths are set up across from the area where they're located.

So we see that after that infamous corner there's a lot of activity taking place, and the question I leave you with, is the same one from above... "If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses?"

May I then suggest to you just as the Word suggests, that we do not fight against flesh and blood.  Can you see that the real battle is one among horses, and all the tests, opposition, and rebuilding along the way, are but a lesson in preparation?

Thank you for stopping by, join us for the last blog in this series coming soon!

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.

In Service,

NaTisha Renee Williams

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