Please post any thoughts or questions you have as you go through the study!  Post any “ah-ha” moments with God, anything that just strikes you as you study His Word.”  Let’s get the discussion going!

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  1. anneresler says:

    We talked last week in our lecture about the different gates. I had a couple of you ask about the difference between the fountain gate and the water gate, so I thought I’d post a little more info. here.

    The Fountain Gate – is mentioned in Nehemiah 3:15. It was located on the East wall just north of the Dung Gate. It was located near the Pool of Siloam (the city of Jerusalem was not built by a river and so the city relied on reservoirs for their water). In our lecture, we talked about water for drinking being a picture of the Holy Spirit of God. John 7:37-39 “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.” The fountain gate reminds us that the Spirit of God flows like streams of living water from within us to those around us.

    Some of you that know me well, know my “Lord, make me splashy prayer.” :)) Essentially, I love to pray for the Lord to fill me in such a way that His Spirit is filling me so full it can’t help but SPLASH out onto those around me! 🙂 That’s how we should live as believers. We should be fountainsof refreshment to those around us!

    The Water Gate – is mentioned in Nehemiah 3:26. It led from the Old City of David to the Gihon Spring. (It was located further north on the east wall than the fountain gate). An interesting thing we learned about the Water Gate was that there was no mention of any repairs needed to the Water Gate, only to the wall adjacent to it. In the Bible, water has 2 predominate purposes (drinking & washing). The Water Gate reminds us of the Word of God. It was at the Water Gate that Ezra & the priests conducted a kind of “Bible conference” for the people, teaching them the Word of God. The fact that the Water Gate did not need to be repaired suggests that the Word of God stands forever and will not fail. The Bible does not need to be repaired or improved. ( W. Wiersbe).

  2. anneresler says:

    What are some of the gates that you’ve come up with in your homework? Have you identified some of your own gates? (Gate of Trust; Gate of Faith; Gate of Hope; Gate of Love, etc….)

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