"Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah."
(Ezra 1:2 KJV)
Our Awesome God started the rebuilding of Jerusalem with a visit to Cyrus king of Persia, which included Judah at the time (Ezra 1 tells of the preparation to go). Sheshbazzar, a son of the exiled king Jechoniah, was appointed governor of Judah by Cyrus (Ezra 5:14) and with his nephew, Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:2), led the first group of exiles from Babylon to Jerusalem. They took with them money and all the vessels of the Temple (Ezra 1:8, 11) which Nebuchadnezzar had taken (2 Kings 24:13). When they got there, they laid the foundation of the Temple (Ezra 5:16). Note that Sheshbazzar was about 60 years old when they left for Jerusalem. He died shortly after arriving and Zarubbabel was appointed governor of Judah (Ezra 5:1-2).
It took 23 years to complete the temple, including a space of 6 years that the next king of Persia told them to stop building (This was Esther's king, Ahasuerus, sometimes called Artaxerxes). Later Ezra went to Jerusalem to teach the people the law and establish judges (Ezra 7:8,10).
Then, 58 years later, Nehemiah went to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls. (Nehemiah 2:1) It took 12 years before he went back to king Artaxerxes (not Ahasuerus) in Babylon (Nehemiah 2:6). When he returned to Jerusalem it was as governor and he reorganized the government according to Mosaic Law (Nehemiah 12:26). In Nehemiah 12, Zerubbabel and Ezra brought priests and Levites to dedicate the rebuilt walls of Jerusalem.
It took about 93 years to rebuild the walls and the Temple before the people began rebuilding their houses, but through all the problems and delays, nobody gave up. Our Awesome God had His people chosen to help accomplish His purpose of rebuilding His Temple and city. He supplied different people with different skills for different parts of the task and they did it all in Our Awesome God’s sequence and timing.
We invite you to our church services on Sunday morning (9:30 AM) and Worship Service at (10:30 AM) Then again Sunday evening (6:00 PM) for Bible Study along with the children’s AWANA clubs, which run until 7:30 PM. Wednesday evening (7:00 PM) there is Prayer Meeting and Bible Study. When you come, ask about the Prayer Team. We love visitors and would enjoy meeting you and telling you about Our Awesome God!
"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."
(Nehemiah 3:1 KJV)
According to Our Awesome God's Holy Bible, the first gate to be rebuilt in Jerusalem in Nehemiah's time was the Sheep Gate and it was built by the priests led by one whose name means "God restores." It was located near the Temple Mount and the road to Bethany. The Physical Significance is that this was the gate the sheep came in to be sacrifice in the Temple after being bought in the nearby sheep markets. The Spiritual Significance is that everything begins for man with the blood offering of the Lamb (Jesus Christ) for forgiveness of our sins, redemption and eternal life. So the High Priest (Jesus Christ) had to bring them in through the Gate he had set.
The Fish Gate's Physical Significance is that it is an ancient gate where the men sold their fish. The Spiritual Significance is that the Fish Gate represents the preaching of the gospel and the fishing for men to enter for Our Awesome God's kingdom.
The third gate is the Old Gate with its Physical Significance being that it was where the elders would meet to discuss important matters and to give their judgment on disputes. The Spiritual Significance is that the "old man" must die when you become a Christian so that you can put on the "new man" free from sin. So the Old Gate reminds us that the sinful man must die so the sin free man may live.
The Dung Gate led to the valley of Hinnom and was used for the removal of trash, garbage and dung from Jerusalem to keep the city clean and from smelling. The Physical Significance is that the fire from the burning refuse never went out in the Hinnom Valley. The Spiritual Significance is that when we are saved we become a new creation in Christ, an adopted child of God and must get rid of the "dung" from our old life to fully experience the glory of Christ.
Our Awesome God has used the gates of His city to remind us of what we should be doing. He knows what we need and gives us reminders. He does things perfectly!
LWBC is a loving church that tries to live by Biblical principles while encouraging all its members. Join us for church in the Sanctuary this coming Sunday at 10:30 AM. We have Bible Study on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Sunday evening at 6:00 PM our Bible Study starts at the same time as AWANA, a children's program which goes until 7:30 PM. We teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible that Jesus Christ died for you, taking your sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. We love visitors!
"Wait on the Lord : be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."
(Psalms 27:14 KJV)
"Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly."
(Acts 19:36 KJV)
This definition of HASTE is found in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary: 1. rapidity of motion, 2. rash or headlong action, 3. undue eagerness to act.
Nowhere in the Bible does Our Awesome God say to make a decision hastily. God doesn't do things that way. The Bible says God is gracious, merciful and slow to anger (Nehemiah 9:17). He is long suffering, not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9).
When we feel the need to act hastily, that is the time we need to slow up, pray to Our Awesome God and get our details and facts in order before we act or talk. Once we have acted or made a thoughtless statement, we can't go back and the consequences may be severe. So before you act or talk, decide what you want to make happen and consider the consequences. Pray for God’s guidance and watch for the answer. This is usually best because Satan is waiting for you to say or do the wrong thing.
It is true that we sometimes need to move or decide swiftly but we should ask God for help and move as swiftly as His answer comes. So in most instances, God wants you to evaluate the situation and rely on Him to tell you when and what you should say or do. Our Awesome God will help if you ask, He may already have it covered but you need to ask Him. Join a church where Our Awesome God can be found and learn His ways.
When Our Awesome God answers, be ready to follow His directions carefully for His answers need to be done when, how and where He wants them done. It will help if you know Him well enough to realize how He usually wants things done and remember, He can do anything but usually uses natural things to accomplish His will. He may have you do something it will take a century to complete or say something that will change the world instantly. Follow His instructions! But ask Him, He knows the right answer.
LWBC is a loving church who tries to live by Biblical principles while encouraging all its members. Join us for church this coming Sunday at 9:30 AM for Bible Study. We have Worship Service in the Sanctuary at 10:30 AM and Sunday evening Bible Study at 6:00 PM with a children's program called AWANA until 7:30 PM. Our programs are varied but we teach and preach from Our Awesome God's Holy Bible that Jesus Christ died for you, taking your sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill