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. And next unto him builded the men of Jericho. And next to them builded Zaccur the son of Imri. ~Nehemiah 3:1-2
One of the great iconic structures in the world is the Golden Gate Bridge here in our own San Francisco. Tourists come from all over the world to cross it, walk on it, and to observe the breathtaking views of “The City” and the Pacific Ocean. As ships coming in from the Pacific Ocean would see the bridge, its orange-red color looks somewhat golden from a distance, especially when the sun is shining on it. The bridge is seen as the gateway into San Francisco and to the world. Gates are entry and exit points. They are essential components of a wall. In our devotion this morning, we see Nehemiah and some faithful, dedicated men working side by side in repairing the gates of the wall of Jerusalem. The Babylonians had burned these gates with fire many years before when they invaded Jerusalem and took it captive. For the next three days, we are considering ten gates that had to be repaired. Each gate speaks of a significant doctrine and aspect of the Christian life.
The first gate is the SHEEP GATE.