Scripture to Read: Nehemiah 3:6-12
The rebuilding of the wall and the gates around Jerusalem was a huge job. In Nehemiah 3:6-12, we find a total of 14 different people mentioned, but those 14 people had many others working alongside them to get the walls, the towers, and the gates rebuilt. God wants us to get others involved in ministry with us. The only way to get other believers involved in ministry is to invite those believers to join us in our work. The next gate we read about being rebuilt is the Old Gate. The Old Gate is all about getting back to the basics. The Old Gate represents the revealed will of God. God has revealed His will throughout His Word. God tells us in Joshua 1:8 that His Law is to never depart from our mouth and that we’re to meditate on His Law both day and night. God tells us in Psalms 119:11 that we are to treasure His Word with all our heart so that we do not sin against Him. God tells us in 1 Peter 2:2-3 that we are to choose to long for (deeply hunger for) the pure milk of His Word like a baby hungers for the pure milk of its mother. God tells us in Ephesians 5:15-17 that we must be careful how we live, to be wise, to make the most of every moment and not to be foolish, but to understand His will. Everything God tells us comes through intimately knowing Him and His Word.
Challenge & Application
1. What did God teach you today about the significance of the “Old Gate” and how knowing His Word is critical to His will?
2. Who will you encourage this week about getting into God’s Word daily so they know Him more intimately?
Don’t forget to pray using the A.C.T.S. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) method!