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The Unchanging Word of God

Rev. Charles Oppong-Poku | November 7, 2023 | Nehemiah 3:26-27


KEY VERSE:

And the temple servants living on the hill of Ophel made repairs up to a point opposite the Water Gate toward the east and the projecting tower. Nehemiah 3:26 (NIV)


MESSAGE

Today’s passage takes us to the Water Gate. The Water Gate led from the old City of David to the Gihon Spring, next to the Kidron Valley. If the Fountain Gate reminds us of the Spirit of God, the Water Gate reminds us of the Word of God. Like the Fountain Gate, the Water Gate was close to the source of the city’s water supply (Gibeon Spring). It opened up to where Solomon’s Temple was. It was at the Water Gate that Ezra and the priests conducted a great Bible conference and explained the Scriptures to the people (Neh. 8:1-3). That this gate is not said to have been repaired, as were the others, suggests that it was the only part of the wall that was still standing.


In our physical world, water is essential for life, refreshment, and cleansing, and in our society, today is used even for leisure and pleasure. The Word needs no repairs; it is uninjured by man’s assault. We may try to promote and defend the Word, but it is both “irreverent and impertinent to seek to patch it up and improve it.” There is a strong warning against this in Rev. 22:18-19. Some have tried to repair the Word of God. Some have tried to break it down. But God said, “My word shall never fail” (Luke 1:37). The Word was the subject of attack from Satan right from the beginning. Perhaps never has there been a greater assault than in the present day. Yet it stands and abides forever. “My word shall not pass away.” (Matt. 24:35). We are challenged to be diligent students of Scripture in order to rightly divide the word of truth (2Tim. 2:15). God’s Word will thoroughly develop spiritual maturity in the lives of those who read it and apply it in their daily life situations (2 Tim. 3:16-17).


FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE

How does this symbolism of the Water Gate relate to the cleansing and purification of your heart and mind through God's Word? How diligent are you in your study of the Word of God for your spiritual maturity? How can you further harness the power of God's Word for your spiritual development and for impacting others positively?


PRAYER

Heavenly Father, I thank you for the power of your Word. Please grant me the diligence to immerse myself in Your Word, to study it, meditate on it, and let it take root in my heart. Fill me with understanding, knowledge, and wisdom to comprehend the depths of Your teachings. Lord, help me not only to grow spiritually but also to be a vessel of Your light, impacting others positively through the wisdom I gain from Your Word. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen. THERE SHALL BE SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS. SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

 

DAILY word study: TEMPLE SERVANTS

TEMPLE SERVANTS in Hebrew is designated as "עַבְדֵי הַמִּקְדָּשׁ"(Avdei HaMikdash) - "Avdei" means servants or slaves, and "HaMikdash" refers to the temple. These were individuals devoted to temple service.


In the Bible, the term refers to:

Levitical Service: the group of Levites dedicated to various tasks in the temple, including maintenance and service.


Considering the role these servants played in the reconstruction of the walls of Jerusalem, we observed the following:

  1. Service and Sacrifice: The term "temple servants" reminds us of the dedicated individuals who served in the sacred spaces, signifying a commitment to God's work.

  2. Strategic Repairs: The repairs conducted by the temple servants, particularly near the Water Gate, highlight the strategic significance of this gate, potentially linked to rituals involving water in the temple.

  3. Community Involvement: The engagement of temple servants in repairing the city walls emphasizes a holistic approach to community well-being, combining spiritual service with practical tasks.

Reflections

In what ways can our dedication to spiritual service be integrated with practical actions that contribute to the well-being and strength of our communities, symbolized by the strategic repairs near the Water Gate?


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