a wall around it

“for we are slaves; yet in our bondage, our god has not forsaken us, but has extended loving-kindness to us in the sight of the kings of persia, to give us reviving to raise up the house of our god, to restore its ruins, and to give us a wall in judah and jerusalem.” (ezra 9:9)

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in the law of moses, towns without walls were considered the same as farmland in regard to inheritance.  it would be foolish to have anything of great value in them – an enemy could sweep through with a raiding force and rob everything.  only a walled city was truly a city.

jerusalem was chief among the walled cities of israel.  at the time of solomon its walls were considered impenetrable.  following the babylonian captivity, the major historical event in israel (recorded in ezra and nehemiah) was rebuilding of the walls, the gates, and the watchtowers.  without the safety of walls, commerce could not flourish and justice could not be insured.  the city’s walls protected the palace and the temple from looters and thieves.

though king david lived in the fortified walls of jerusalem, he called god his fortress and his refuge!  david recognized a spiritual principle that many christians miss.  the principle is this: while we are within the walls of god’s defense, no enemy can harm us.  the biggest, meanest, ugliest opponent can only stand at the gate and growl.  all of his posturing, threats, and curses are completely powerless against us.

god does not intend for us to be the lone soldier on the prairie.  he has prepared fortifications and expects us to us them when we’re attacked.    the christian who misunderstands his position conceives foolish battle strategies.  he’ll put up sandbags and dig trenches – expending great effort preparing his defense.  these are the “whitewashed walls” of ezekiel 13:10.  they look okay until the attack starts.

but our enemies laugh at out best work!  they easily break through and then mock us for our weakness.  jeremiah 14:7 says “cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes the flesh his strength.”

it’s easy to spot a believer fighting from the plain.  he hides behind anything he can find and prays the demons won’t notice him while he cowers.  he sizes up the situation and waits, sometimes indefinitely, for the enemy ranks to be few so he can take a shot.  his time is spent recovering from his wounds and looking for new allies.

but the believer inside the fortress is bold and confident.  he goes about his business without concern for the foe’s ranting and saber rattling.  when the enemy storms the walls, he pours burning coals on their heads.  he spends no effort on his own defense, knowing he is supremely protected.  all his work is to build the kingdom and to recover captives from the enemy’s camp.

watchman on the wall

declare you in judah, and publish in jerusalem; and say, blow you the trumpet in the land: cry aloud and say, assemble yourselves, and let us go into the fortified cities.  (jeremiah 4:5 web)

the work of planting and harvesting is done outside the walls of the city.  it is extremely important to understand this concept now, in these last days.  when the enemy has retreated to his own places, we must go outside our fortifications to bring in the harvest.

if we build a comfortable house inside the walls and go about our business without regarding the crops, we will die.  the purpose of the seed of the word of god is to produce fruit.  we contribute nothing if we preserve our fruit and discard the seed.  this is the seed among thorns in the parable of the sower.  it’s where most of the western church is today!

we must plant, we must water, and we must bring in the harvest.  it’s the work of the kingdom; and it goes on outside the walls.

that sounds dangerous because it is!  there were more christians martyred in the 20th century than in the 19 that preceded it and the trend continues!  many will be asked by the lord of the harvest to follow his example and lay down their lives for the sake of the crops. 

this said; remember that jesus laid down his life – the enemy didn’t take it from him.  when the multitudes wanted to kill him he, “passing through the midst of them, went his way”.  until the time comes that god calls us to die, we must learn when and how to retreat behind the walls he has provided.  we’re bulletproof when he’s our protection!

the walls of god’s city have watchtowers, and he has appointed watchmen to guard over us.  when the prophet of god sounds the alarm, or the spirit of god speaks to our spirit of a coming attack, it’s time to run for the city gates.

the little pic at the top left is how i mark the margin of my bible where it talks about god’s wall of protection.

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