The Fish Gate

Nehemiah 3:3 But the fish gate did the sons of Hassenaah build, who also laid the beams thereof, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.

This next gate to be built was called the fish gate because the fisherman of Galilee would bring their catch in through this gate to be sold. This has important symbolism. The first gate spoke of our salvation, the most important issue …the next speaks of our next role. After seeing that Jesus died for our sins, we must tell others about it. Their simple testimony of what Jesus has done in our lives qualifies us to be great ‘fishers of men’. But what has your business got to do with evangelism. It does. Let Christ shine in you and men will be drawn to Christ even through that business. Your Christ-like ethics and virtues will cause many to wonder and want to know your God.

This gate also is said to speak of the Church in the the apostolic calling where believers on fire for God sacrificed all and went out to turn the world upside down with the message of Jesus Christ

You can ask God to use your business and the testimony of Christ in your assignment in whatever sphere of life, to cause a great catch of fishes … your business can be a ship, fishing for souls … Christ will borrow your ship and provide you with instruments and He will draw the fish Himself to Him to be saved.

A badly run business that cuts corners with poor ethics is a reproach to Christ … Christ will not borrow such a vessel for soon it brings reproach to His glorious name. Be committed to kingdom virtues and ethics.

Verses for further meditation
Prov 16:17; Isaiah 35:8-9

Thoughts for Business and the work place
God’s Leaders often think differently and are widely variant on how they manage ideas … but they all commit to high ethical standards.

Suggestions for Prayer
O Lord, use this assignment in business as a ship that Christ can borrow to fish for souls. Amen

 

As Nehemiah’s wall was built-  so will we see a reconstruction in all that may appear in distress and in waste.  Nehemiah trusted and feared God, putting his faith in the Almighty whose strength is limitless to exceed all our expectations. Look out daily for Nehemiah’s Wall in 2015 and do invite friends to subscribe to the free email or social media posts.

I am praying someone with a burden to be used by God in building will receive a fresh vision and get the job done.

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The Sheep Gate

Nehemiah 3:1 Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests, and they builded the sheep gate; they sanctified it, and set up the doors of it; even unto the tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto the tower of Hananeel.

The Sheep Gate was the first of the structures to be restored, and it was rebuilt by the High Priest and his fellow priests. It was called the Sheep Gate because it opened to sheep markets, where lambs were sold for sacrifice in the Temple …this gate also led to Golgotha, the path Jesus took to the place of His crucifixion.

Also note that whenever Jesus entered into city it was usually through the Sheep gate leading to the sheep market … at which Jesus healed the palsied man in John 5:1,2.

This has important symbolism. The sheep points to Christ, the lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world …the finished and complete sacrifice. Eliashib the high priest and his fellow priests went to work and rebuilt the Sheep Gate. This was also the only gate that was consecrated (set apart as holy) as it was used for the holy purpose of bringing in the sacrifices for the temple. The Sheep Gate represents the experience of salvation made available by the Cross – that is, a reminder that Jesus was the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. We must begin where God begins. Begin with Christ, the experience of true salvation. If you are uncertain of your salvation in Christ then you will waste too much time and your energy by building amiss. Also your labors without Christ will be in vain.

Be careful to start right. Rededicate your life and all you can ever be to Christ.

Verses for further meditation
Isaiah 53:6; Jeremiah 53:6

Thoughts for Business and the work place
Leadership is about leading others and especially leading yourself.

Suggestions for Prayer
O Lord, I surrender all to Christ my salvation. Amen.

 

As Nehemiah’s wall was built-  so will we see a reconstruction in all that may appear in distress and in waste.  Nehemiah trusted and feared God, putting his faith in the Almighty whose strength is limitless to exceed all our expectations. Look out daily for Nehemiah’s Wall in 2015 and do invite friends to subscribe to the free email or social media posts.

I am praying someone with a burden to be used by God in building will receive a fresh vision and get the job done.

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