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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Nehemiah and the wall and gates Part 7

Nehemiah--Part 7  More names of laborers  

In last week's teaching, I showed you some of the “hidden manna” that Jesus promised the overcomers in the Church at Pergamum in Revelation 2:17 by showing you the hidden messages in the names of the leaders who are overseeing the rebuilding of the wall of protection around the city of Jerusalem. Hidden within this section of scripture is the message of Jesus and the spiritual maturation process in those who believe in Him. To some, this in-depth teaching may seem boring, but it is important to see that God's ways have not changed, nor has the ways of His Son and the Holy Spirit. They work together as One with one heart, one mind, one Spirit and one Truth. As I have said many times before, God is painting a picture of Jesus and His Bride/Kingdom throughout the Older Testament scriptures because He is the fulfillment (fullness) of these scriptures.
I left off last week with Uzziel and Harhaiah who restored the wall up to the Broad Wall. Then Raphaiah son of Hur repaired the next section. Raphaiah means “healed of Jehovah,” and Hur means “hole” as that of a viper. In other words, Raphaiah has been taken out of the pit of the viper and is the healed of the Lord. The prophet Isaiah spoke of those in the pit in 42:22, “But this is a people plundered and looted, all of them trapped in pits or hidden away in prisons. They have become plunder, with no one to rescue them.....”  Lost sinners are trapped in pits and in bondage.  It is the job of believers to help lift them out of the pit and bondage that the devil has kept them in.  Jesus is the lifter of our heads and came to earth to save us from the death and destruction of the devil and sin. The devil wants to keep us down – earthly and bound—but Jesus wants to bring us up higher with Him—spiritually bound to Him. God will use those He has refined and have the sweet fragrance of Christ to bring others out of the pit of their earthly nature and pain, so He can spiritually heal them and lift them up into the high places with Him. Jesus works through His followers. If those who love and serve Jesus are no different from those who are unsaved, our lives will not reflect the higher and more blessed life that Jesus came to give us.
Next to Raphaiah, Jedaiah, son of Harumaph, made repairs “opposite his house,” and Hattush son of Hashabnah made repairs next to him. Jedaiah means “whom Jehovah has shown,” and Harumaph means “flat-nosed”or “split-nosed.” In other words, God has taken one who is double-minded, and now gives him wisdom and revelation of His character. Transformation begins at home! Each individual's heart must be changed first. God will take our divided heart and transform us into those after God's heart. God will fill those who hunger after God and His righteousness with revelation knowledge and use them to help others grow in the knowledge of the Lord using His Anointed Word. As head of his household, Raphaiah wanted to also assure that his family was protected. So he began his work at home.
Hattush who was working next to Raphaiah means “assembled,” and his father, Hashabnah means “whom Jehovah honors.” This father and son--Hattush and Hashabnah--were Levites (priests) and were among the priests who sealed the covenant, and were at the dedication of the wall with Nehemiah. In other words, Hattush was raised in a godly home and followed in the footsteps of his godly father. God honored Hattush's father because his father honored God and served Him. The son, Hattush, (“assembler”) will gather the laborers together as one to do the work just as Jesus, the Son of the Father, does.
Another section is repaired by Malkijah, son of Harim. Malkijah means “My King Is Jehovah or appointed by Jehovah.” Harim means “dedicated.” Malkijah is dedicated to the rule of His King – God.
       Hasshub, son of Pahath-Moab, worked next to Malkijah repairing the next section of the wall and the Tower of the Ovens. (Nehemiah 3:11) Hasshub means “considerate.” To consider means to contemplate before making a decision, to think, believe. He was the son of Pahath-moab which means “pit of Moab.” Moab means “of his father.” Hasshub has been pulled out of the pit of his father and now considers the work of God for His people that is before him. He will not only lead the restoration of the next portion of the wall, he will restore The Tower of Ovens where bread is put on the fire and baked. Sometimes these ovens were made of earthen jars that were heated on the inside with a wood fire. Others were pits lined with stone. When the fire burned out and was smoldering, they would place small pieces of dough inside to bake it. The fire of the Holy Spirit on the inside of believers in Christ and the Unleavened Bread of God's Word (pure truth—Jesus) smoldering on the inside of us, God’s earthen vessels, will make the wall of protection around our hearts stronger and take us to the higher place (tower) with Jesus the Bread of Life.
             As Hasshub considered the work that was ahead of him, believers must weigh their decisions with the Word of God, put it on the fire of the Holy Spirit to rightly-divide it and believe God's Word before moving in any situation.
Shallum, the son of Hallohesh, worked next to Hasshub with his daughters. Women also contributed to the work of repairing the wall of protection around the city of God and His people. Shallum means “retribution or recompense.” His father's name Hallohesh means “slanderer.” To make restitution means to repay, and recompense means to make reparation by giving compensation for damage or injury caused and to be restored to the former or original state or position. The message in these names is that God will defeat the accuser (slanderer) of the brethren and restore all that the devil has stolen from us. God will turn the devil's evil deeds back on his own head. He will restore believers to the righteousness that was in the beginning in Genesis before sin entered through Jesus, the Second and Last Adam.
As you can see in this teaching, God used all people – high priest and priests, Jew and Gentile, male and female, leaders and laborers—from all walks of life to repair and restore the wall of protection around God's holy city so all within would be protected and safe. All worked in unity of purpose out of their love for God and His people. All of the gates had locks and doors on the inside that were also repaired. God doesn't want sin or the enemy to get a hold in our hearts. As the gates could only be unlocked from the inside, believers in Christ are also the only ones who can unbolt and unlock the door of our hearts to let the enemy come in. The antidote to this is to love and believe God and His Words of promise with all of our hearts and shut the enemy out. Amen

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