As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.” – Luke 19:37-40 ESV
Our God is the GOD of PURPOSE. Everything He does, or allows to be done, is done in the name of PURPOSIVE STRIVING! Our God is a GOD OF ORDER! And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28) God has one acceptable place, and ONE ONLY- our FIRST LOVE- our MAIN SQUEEZE. All throughout the Bible, especially IN THE BEGINNING, we read- He is a jealous God: see Exodus 34:14, Deuteronomy 4:23-24, 32:16, Joshua 24:19, Psalms 78:58, 79:5. The prophets were sent to Jerusalem, and they were silenced, John the Baptist was silenced, even Jesus was silenced- AND THE ROCKS- the Walls of Jerusalem CRY OUT with the story of the Gospel. Just like an object of our desire for our flesh- a lover, wants to be sought, and pursued- our God wants the same thing! He has hidden NUGGETS of joy and understanding, if we DESIRE HIM ENOUGH- to search HIS WORD!
Leader, in the book of Nehemiah 3rd Chapter, Nehemiah, a business man, not a priest or a member of the priestly line, was called to go and ‘rebuild’ the walls of Jerusalem. In the 3rd chapter, we are taken through the 10 gates of Jerusalem and in them you will find a hidden message about our redemption and reconciliation to God- we must look into the text: He starts at the SHEEP Gate and he ends at the SHEEP gate, because this gate represents the CROSS of Christ- He always entered through the sheep gate, that is where all the sacrifices entered, and all those condemned to die departed from. The Good news of the Gospel BEGINS and ENDS with JESUS and the cross. Jesus always entered through the sheep gate except this one time, of the Triumphal entry, and He Entered through the EAST gate, which is the gate that is opened at the break of dawn, with the rising of the MORNING SUN. Then there was the FISH GATE, for we are called to be fishers on men (Matt 4:19). Then we have the OLD gate, because nothing is NEW, and we are called to GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING, the basics- Keep it Simple Soldier! See Jeremiah 6:16.
Conduit, After the OLD GATE, we find the VALLEY GATE- this is the place of humility, we are called through the valley, to grow into Christ’s likeness, so we can eventually get to the mountain of God. We then have the DUNG gate, where we must get rid of all the trash, the stuff that smells, that makes us impure. Which takes us to the FOUNTAIN gate, which is about the HOLY SPIRIT; see John 7:37-39, and the woman at the well (John 4). Then we have the WATER gate, which represents the word of God- for we are to be washed by the word! (Ephesians 5:26, John 15:3 with Peter and washing of his feet). The WATER gate was the only ONE NOT destroyed- we need to ADD nothing; we need NO REPAIR of the WORD OF GOD- it is perfect, it never changes! We then come to the HORSE gate, which is a picture of POWER of WARFARE- for we are called to put on the WHOLE ARMOR of God and fight the good fight of SALVATION. (Ephesians 6:10-17) We then find the EAST gate, the one that is opened upon the RISING OF THE SON. We end with the MIPHKAD gate- the word means REVIEW, or REGISTER. This is the gate where you would register as a stranger to enter the city, and King David would review HIS TROOPS as the returned from battle! Warrior, there is so much hidden in HIS WORD, and it is our PLEASURE to seek HIS MYSTERY: the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. (Col 1:26) Seek His WORD and HIS HEART, for the answer to this question asked of JOB is YES- if you DESIRE: “Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? (Job 33:13)