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when the sun is hot

September 15, 2016

“I (Nehemiah) said to them, Let not the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot; and while the watchmen are still on guard, let them shut and bar the doors. Appoint guards from the people of Jerusalem, each to his watch [on the wall] and each opposite his own house.” – Nehemiah 7:3, Amplified Bible

The wall had been rebuilt and some clear guidelines needed to be put in place for this new boundary to be fully effective.  Essentially Nehemiah said to not let anybody inside the walls until the sun is hot.  Let’s take a little closer look at what’s going on.  Jerusalem is located in a Mediterranean climate.  On the globe it is parallel with our southern states in the U.S.  Suffice it to say that it can get hot there.  It was common for city gates to open in the morning so merchants could enter the city and do business with the residents.  Nehemiah didn’t want to take a chance of an invasion.  He knew that anyone that wanted to travel to Jerusalem to conduct business would have to be serious to wait and travel there at that time of day.  I think it would be somewhat accurate to say that anyone wanting to hold off arriving to peddle their wares in the middle of the day would consider it an inconvenience.  If they were serious enough to wait until then to come in, they were probably not going to be their enemy.  It’s doubtful a surprise attack would come in the middle of the day in broad daylight.  It would seem only those with good intentions would come in the heat of the day.

So as we compare the wall that Nehemiah rebuilt to our boundaries that we are trying to erect, watch for those who are willing to come when it’s not convenient for them.  They respect your boundary and will most likely be there because they care for you.  Those who are there when it’s easy for them may or may not be genuine friends.  Creating a boundary also means keeping a watch over it to prevent invasions as well as let true friends in.

(Disclaimer: I am not being disobedient by studying this topic.  🙂  These are notes I made while studying and I thought they might be helpful.)

 

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