In the Bible is also exemplary teaching, in which some issues of the old covenant have spiritual meanings in the New Covenant. In the book of Nehemiah chapter 3 we can find this kind of exemplary. Jerusalem's gates in the book of Nehemiah have very clear spiritual meaning, which we examine in this teaching. Study and test my teaching with the Bible in the prayer.
The Sheep Gate
The high priest Eliashib with his brethren, and priests built the Sheep Gate and set up its doors. This is first gate mentioned. The spiritual meaning of the Sheep Gate is that the high priest was building it and that through the Sheep Gate lambs and sheep were brought to the temple, in which they were offered. The Lord and the Messiah (Christ) Jesus (Yeshua) is the High Priest of New Covenant, who is the Lamb, who was offered for the sake of our sins. Spiritual meaning of Sheep Gate is death and offering the Lamb (the Lord Jesus), which death, blood and resurrection bring us forgiveness of sins and redemption. The high priest was setting up the doors of the Sheep Gate, which means that He is the Door of the sheep. Through the Lord Jesus a man will be saved from the power of death-, sin and eternal damnation to eternal life.
Building of the wall and gates begins from the Sheep Gate in Nehemiah 3, because everything begins from the offering of the Lamb (the Lord Jesus). This is a spiritual meaning, because of salvation and God's kingdom a man will enter through the offering and blood of the Lamb (The Lord Jesus). It is very significant that Eliashib means in Hebrew God restores. All things in the Bible are accurate in their places and have important meanings. It is not an accident that the high priest whose name was Eliashib was building up the Sheep Gate. Jerusalem and the wall and gates were destroyed, so needed Eliashib (HaKohen HaGadol) the high priest who sets up the doors of the Sheep Gate. Same also satan and sin has destroyed the heart of a man and so there is a need for New Covenant High Priest, Jesus Christ (Yeshua the Messiah), who is the Door of the sheep and who can save and restore men back towards the image of God. When men from the grace of God, repent their sins and believe in the Lord Jesus, then a man can receive the salvation. The Sheep Gate proclaims forgiveness of sins through the blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ). The Sheep Gate proclaims grace of redemption (grace of God), which a man can encounter through the blood of the Lamb (the Lord Jesus). The Sheep Gate has been clear exemplary in the redemption of the Lord Jesus, who is the Door of the sheep.
The Fish Gate
The next gate was the Fish Gate. Fishermen brought through the Fish Gate fishes for selling to Jerusalem. The spiritual meaning of the Fish Gate is there that after the Sheep Gate redemption in the blood of the Lord Jesus begins fishing of men; in other words, preaching of the Gospel about the Lord Jesus. Jesus Christ said that He will make from His disciples fishers of men. The Fish Gate means the preaching of the Gospel and fishing, the men to the kingdom of God.
The Old Gate
Neh 3:6 Moreover the old gate repaired Jehoiada the son of Paseah, and Meshullam the son of Besodeiah; they laid the beams thereof, and set up the doors thereof, and the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.
After the Sheep Gate and the Fish Gate comes the Old Gate, which spiritual meaning is death of the old man. The Lord Jesus doesn't repair the old man, but makes the new man through the regeneration in the Holy Spirit. In sanctification life, the Lord Jesus sets up "doors and locks" that sin can't get any grip on our heart.
The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit kills deeds of our flesh. The Holy Spirit rules and leads us in righteousness and by that way we will die to sinful deeds. The Old Gate proclaims us that the old one must die, because the new one has been reborn. The Holy Spirit gives to believer the power to die to the flesh and resist sin and choose the righteousness of God instead of sins. The Old Gate is an important gate, because without death of the flesh believer cannot wander in the will of God. Death of the flesh is God's gracious work and by this work Jesus's disciples have ability to walk and live according to the will of God.
The Valley Gate
The Valley Gate describes wandering of Jesus's disciples.
Ge 26:19 And Isaac’s servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water.
De 8:7 For the LORD thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills;
Ps 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Eze 3:22 ¶ And the hand of the
LORD was there upon me; and he said unto me, Arise, go forth into the
plain, and I will there talk with thee.
The Dung Gate
The Old Gate described, death of the flesh,
and the Valley Gate described, wandering of believers. The Dung Gate
describes, how in practice the flesh will die. Through the Dung Gate,
the trashes were taken out of Jerusalem, to a valley of Hinnom, in which
those trashes were burnt. In the same way as trashes couldn't, stink and
smell bad in Jerusalem, but were burnt in a valley of Hinnom, in
the dumpster, so sins must die from the heart of the believer.
Mt 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
All these evil things come from the heart, and defile the man. All sins, which live in the heart, of a man must die. The Holy Spirit renews our mind, and affect rejection towards sin. We are not going to be perfect, in our wandering, but we will die to our flesh, and grow in righteousness.
Ro 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
1Ti 1:5 ¶ Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:
The Holy Spirit is working the will and the work according to the will of God in the heart of the believer. God's love washes our heart affecting good conscience, and of faith unfeigned. Like this we can grow in faith according to the will of God through the Holy Spirit.
The Fountain Gate
The Fountain Gate located near the pool of Siloah (Siloam), where water flows. The pool of Siloam is the same place where Jesus said to the blind man to wash up, John 7:9. At the time of Nehemiah and after it many washed (mikveh) themselves before they entered into the temple area.
The spiritual meaning of the Fountain Gate teaches from the fountain of living waters, and its source, who is God in the Holy Spirit through the Lord Jesus.
John 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
When Jesus's disciple has accepted to die to his flesh and to sin and believe in the Lord Jesus as the Scriptures (the Bible) has said, so in his heart will flow living waters (the Holy Spirit) according to the teaching of the Bible. Remarkable is that the Holy Spirit works according to the word of God and the word of God tells how the Holy Spirit works. The Fountain Gate proclaims holy and pure life in the power of the Holy Spirit to us.
It is very important that we understand
that the word of God and the Holy Spirit belong together, because Jesus
said. You do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. In
the life of Jesus' disciples must be the balance with the word of God and the
Holy Spirit. If we want only to deal with the word of God, but don't want
to receive the power of the Holy Spirit, which change our heart and mind to
serve God in practical life, so we have deceived ourselves. This kind of
belief is a belief of theoretical knowledge of the head, and it is deception.
If we want to live in the spirit, but not according to the teaching of the
word of God, we have deceived ourselves. Because in this kind of case
false spirits have deceived us, and they want to keep us out about the
truth of the word of God. So our life as Jesus' disciples must belong
believing in the word of God as it has been written and living in the
Holy Spirit according to the power how God works in us.
The Water Gate
The Water Gate tells about God, who is the source of the Holy Spirit through The Lord and the Messiah Jesus. In old testament water describes the Holy Spirit. The spiritual meaning of the Water Gate is practical life in the Holy Spirit.
1Pe 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
Through sanctification of the Spirit Jesus's disciples are elected to obey God through the blood of the Lord Jesus. For the grace of God, we have a part in the Holy Spirit, in which He leads us in the way of obedience. Like this we serve God in the Holy Spirit through obedience.
The Horse Gate
The Horse Gate located next by the horse stables. Horses were used in the wars against enemies. The spiritual meaning of the Horse Gate is spiritual warfare:
When Jesus' disciple lives in the Holy Spirit, he is involved in spiritual warfare.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Heb 12:4 ¶ Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
Jas 1:14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Jesus' disciple lives in the Holy Spirit
and is on the spiritual battlefield in a warfare, in which he fights against
evil spirits, sin and the lusts of his flesh. Jesus' disciple's mission is not
fighting against his sisters and brothers in the Lord Jesus, where to he
unfortunately falls sometimes and some even very eager are looking for
The East Gate is the place, where the Lord Jesus the Messiah of Israel arrives:
Zec 14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
The spiritual meaning of the East Gate is returning of the Messiah and waiting on the Lord Jesus.
Re 22:20 ¶ He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
The Gate Miphkad
Miphkad means numbering (census) and appointed place. The spiritual meaning of the Gate Miphkad comes into view from Eze 43:
Eze 43:21 Thou shalt take the bullock also of the sin offering, and he shall burn it in the appointed place (miphkad) of the house, without the sanctuary.
The spiritual meaning of the Gate Miphkad means the place, where is presence of God and His forgiveness by the blood and offering of the Lord Jesus.
Order of the gates
The order of the gates in the book of Nehemiah includes also exemplary dimensions:
The order of the gates is a clear order of growth in the faith. The life of the faith begins from the Sheep Gate by forgiveness of sins for the sake of Jesus' redemption in His blood. The Sheep Gate proclaims about forgiveness and grace of God. After we have been saved, we want to tell everybody about Jesus Christ (fishers of men); from this the Fish Gate is exemplary. After salvation God speaks to us the death of the old man; from this the Old Gate is exemplary. The Valley Gate speaks us about the new way in Christ, where we can wander. The Dung Gate speaks us for sins that we must reject. The Fountain Gate speaks to us from the source of the living water (God in the Holy Spirit). The Water Gate speaks to us of obedient life in the Holy Spirit. The Horse Gate speaks to us from spiritual warfare. The East Gate speaks us about returning of the Messiah and how His disciples are waiting for the Lord Jesus. The Miphkad Gate reminds us that God dwells in us in the Holy Spirit by the blood and redemption of Jthe Lord Jesus.
Description of the book Nehemiah about repairing the wall and the gates starts from the Sheep Gate and comes to an end to the Sheep Gate, Neh 3:32. Everything begins redemption of the Lord Jesus and forgiveness of sins and comes to an end of it, because it is the foundation of our salvation. Glory and praise to our God!
Petri Paavola from Finland
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