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๐Ÿ‘‘ Why Not a Wall?

โ€œAnd they set the altar upon his bases; for fear was upon them because of the people of those countriesโ€ฆโ€ (Ezra 3:3).

At first glance, this verse doesnโ€™t seem to make much sense.ย  Back in Ezraโ€™s day, a cityโ€™s walls were its main line of defense.ย  The citizens of Jericho felt very secure within the confines of the massive wall that surrounded them.ย  So here, if fear had fallen upon the Jews because of the enemies that surrounded them, why would they buildย an altar, and not a wall?

Well, as you may know, at one time Jerusalemย hadย a wall, but when Nebuchadnezzar conquered Israel, his armies โ€œbrake down the wall of Jerusalemโ€ย (II Chron. 36:19).ย  And the people of Israel knew why God had allowed this to happen.ย  He had warned them,

โ€œโ€ฆif thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy Godโ€ฆa nation of fierce countenanceโ€ฆshall besiege theeโ€ฆuntil thy high and fenced walls come downโ€ฆโ€ (Deut. 28:15,50,52).

So Godโ€™s people knew that, if they continued in sin, the strongest of walls could not protect them.ย  But they also knew that if they hearkened unto the voice of the Lord,ย Heย would protect them.ย  And now that God had allowed them to return to the land after their captivity in Babylon, hearkening to the voice of the Lord included building this altar so that they could keep the Law by observing the feast of tabernacles with a burnt offering (Ezra 3:4 cf. Lev. 23:34-36).

In the coming kingdom of heaven on earth, when Godโ€™s people will be filled with the Spirit andย causedย to hearken to His voice (Ezek. 36:27), God has promised them that He will be โ€œa wall of fire round aboutโ€ them (Zech. 2:5).ย  In that day, โ€œsalvationย will God appoint for walls and bulwarksโ€ (Isa. 26:1).ย  Thatโ€™s part of what will make it heaven on earth!

But here we have a dispensational difference.ย ย Yourย salvation is no defense against earthly enemies.ย  You are not in the kingdom of heaven on earth, and you are not under the Law that promised Israel that God would protect them if they were good.ย  As a responsible member of the Body of Christ, you need to take whatever precautions necessary to protect yourself from wicked men.

We once knew a teenage girl who would go out jogging at night, assuring her mother that โ€œthe Lord will protect me.โ€ย  She had obviously been listening to preachers who had applied the promises of the Law or the promises of the kingdom to us.ย  While what she said sounds very spiritual, please donโ€™t follow her example!ย  This is one area where a failure to rightly divide the Word of truth could cost you your life. source

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Verse for 12/14/2017

And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. — Matthew 2:4-6

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