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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

THE KEEPER OF THE GATE!

JESUS IS THE DOOR



 John 10:7, “Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.”


In the book of Job chapter 1 and verse 10 the Scripture says, “Thou hast made a hedge about him.” Proverbs 15:9 talks of a hedge. Isaiah 5:5 says, “I will take away the hedge.” Ezekiel 13:5 says, “No man was found to make up the hedge.” 

The same thing is mentioned later on in Ezekiel. Micah 7:1 says, “Sharper than a hedge.” Mark 12:1 says, “Hedge about it.” Hosea 2:6 says, “I will hedge up.” Job 3:23 says, “Whom God hath hedged.” Lamentations 3:7 says, “Hath hedged me about.” Matthew 21:33 says, “And hedged it.” I Chronicles 4:23 says, “Amongst plants and hedges.” Psalm 80:12; 89:40 says, “Broken down hedges.” Jeremiah 14:3, “Run to and fro by the hedges.” Luke 14:23 says, “The highway and hedges.”

The hedge in Bible times were tall stiff, sturdy, and sharp plants that made a fence around the vineyard in order to keep the oxen and animals from trampling or destroying the vineyards. However, workmen had to trim those sharp hedges inside and out in order to keep passer-bys from cutting themselves. The ones who cut and trimmed the hedges were the blue-collar workers of that day.

These hedges had an entrance into the vineyard. This was the door into the vineyard. Someone would be posted at the door to keep out and to let in. In Ezekiel 13:4-5 the redeemed are not the hedge but rather the door for the hedge.

Now, Jesus is called the door and the redeemed are His vineyard. Jesus stands in between those that could destroy the redeemed. There are two things that Jesus does as the door.

·      To let in
·      To keep out

I have a question? How could the Apostle Paul say, "in everything give thanks.” He did not say “for everything” it says, “in everything give thanks.” How could Paul say, “I have learned in whatsoever state I am therewith to be content.” He had never been to Arkansas I promise you! 

How could Paul make these statements having been in imprisonment, scourging, being stoned to death, beatings, and narrow escapes of his very life how could he say these things? How could Paul say, “In whatsoever state I am to be content”? How can the Apostle Paul say, “All things work together for good.”

All of us could very easily put pen to paper and share our individual griefs and heartbreaks. Here is how the redeemed can take it and make! God has placed a hedge about me and about you. God had placed a hedge about Job and Satan pointed out, rightfully so, that he could not get to Job because of that hedge. Then, God being the door of that hedge said to Satan Job can stand the test!

Please take note! Satan could not have done a thing to Job without being able to go through the entrance or the door of the hedge to get to Job’s life. In other words without God’s permission Satan could not have done to Job what he did because God is the door of the hedge. Thus, nothing comes to the redeemed that does not come through the door and the door is Jesus Christ!

It had to come through God before Satan could take Job’s riches, his health, his ten children, his loss of loyalty, loss of his wife’s faithfulness, and the loss of his friends. God is the door of the hedge. Jesus is the door of the hedge.


      ·      God has placed a hedge about the redeemed
·      God is the door to that hedge
·      God decides what comes into my life
·      God decides what does not come into my life


Nothing comes into the life of the redeemed that does not come through God the door. What a great truth! Likewise God decides what to keep out of the life of the redeemed. Why, because the redeemed are His children and He loves them and knows what is best for them.



WHO IS THIS DOOR?


He is the One Who loves me! He stands at the entrance of the hedge that He Himself created to protect me. He stands as the door and decides what is best for me. He loves me more than anyone in the whole world loves me! This One Who loves me unconditionally is the door and the entrance through my hedge of protection. He stands at the entrance of that hedge and says nothing can get to me that does not come through me first.

God has to personally approve everything that gets to the redeemed and that which is to be kept out of their lives. Being a child of God means that God Himself built a hedge around His children and God is the door through which comes into their lives what is best for them.


·      God has placed a hedge around His children
·      God is the door to the hedge
·      God decides what is allowed in
·      God decides what is not allowed in
·      What God decides to allow in is best for His children
·      What God decides to keep out is bad for His children
·      God loves His children


WOW! This is no indifferent keeper of the gate or entrance! This is no nonchalant gatekeeper. This is the One Who loves me more than anybody else loves me! This is the One Who decides what is permitted in my life and what is not permitted in my life!




HE WANTS WHAT IS BEST FOR HIS CHILDREN


Wait a minute! It is possible to love someone and to not know what is best for them, but this One Who is the door not only loves me but He is Omniscient! He KNOWS what is best for me because He knows everything! He KNOWS what to let in and what to keep out! He Who is Agape love is the door and He who KNOWS all is the door.

Our ways are not His ways. Our thoughts are not His thoughts. Our ways are imperfect while His ways are perfect!


·      The One Who is all love is the door
·      The One Who wants what is best is the door
·      The One Who knows what is best is the door
·      The One Who is able to do what is best is the door


There is a hedge about the children of God. There is only one entrance to that hedge. God is the One Who is the door. God is the One Who wants what is best, knows what is best, and is able to do what is best.

God never has a helpless feeling as he watches His children suffer, have heartaches, and have heartbreaks, being attacked, being slandered, filthy Internet lies, and personal threats. Not one second does God possess a helpless feeling. He Who is the gate, the entrance, and the door of the hedge that surrounds us has the ability to let in and keep out!

God is the door! Jesus is the door! God never wonders what to do! God never says, “Uh oh” or “Oops” or “I didn’t know that happened” or “Really?” or “Your kidding”, or “How can that be?”

The sad thing is that God’s own children blame and criticize far too often God for doing what He knows is best for us!


·      The redeemed criticize God for not doing it like they would
·      The redeemed thus are criticizing God for loving them
·      The redeemed are also criticizing God for wanting what is best for them
·      The redeemed actually are blaming God for not being human


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