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
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
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”.
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
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.
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 thickets by the Jordan?”
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.
Based on the
diagram used in “Gate 3”, along with the proceeding 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 the 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 be 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
priests 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!
And 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.