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  • Alan Fong

Gatekeepers

Today’s Verse:

And he set the porters at the gates of the house of the LORD, that none which was unclean in any thing should enter in. ~2 Chronicles 23:19

Back in the 1990’s healthcare costs were spiraling through the roof and out of control. It was not unusual for employers to see their costs for health insurance increase by 30% or more for several years. The insurance industry developed health maintenance organization product that would curb the increase by requiring primary care physicians to be “gatekeepers” in managing and monitoring how patients utilized their plans. As gatekeepers, an insured could not self-refer for health care and always had to have a primary physician approval. Gatekeepers were rewarded for keeping costs down. This morning let us see how the porters were God’s gatekeepers for the house of the Lord.

We see the role.

The word porter means “doorkeeper” or “guard”. It can also be translated “gatekeeper”. We find this description used 39 times in the Old Testament. A doorkeeper or gatekeeper was an important role in the temple oversight. He was the first point of contact before anyone could enter the temple. A porter at the gate of the city had direct communication with the watchman, and would have the right to the allowance or disallo