An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

There Are Gates and Then There Are Gates

(Proverbs 8:34 KJV)  Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

It would be easy to overlook the place we are to wait.  “My gates” (1817) is such a common phrase and does not immediately make any lights go off.  Let me make two observations. 

First, notice the word “my”.  I don’t have any word designated in my software and my traditional paper source is packed away somewhere so I don’t know if it is in the Hebrew but it is in both the KJV and NASB as well as every other translation I have.  We are to be careful that we are going to His gates, not ours.  His gates, not our church’s.  His gates, not our friends’.

Second, notice that “gates” is plural.  This is not a call to go on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and sit outside the site of the temple gates.  This tells us that we can approach Him in many locations.  Think of Jesus and the places He would go.  He would teach in the synagogues.  He would preach on the lake shore.  He would sneak out in the early morning.  He spent forty days in the wilderness.  He went to the garden.

So?  Seek truth from the Truth.  Seek it everywhere you go.  Think of it like breathing.  Nothing works but air and it is almost everywhere. 

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