Standing In the Gate (Jeremiah 7, Matthew 21)

“Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, hear the word of the Lord, all you men of Judah who enter these gates to worship the Lord.”  Jeremiah 7:2

I cannot imagine how hard it must have been for Jeremiah to stand in the gate (the entry way from the court of the women into the inner court) and proclaim God’s message.  Here was God’s message:

1. Amend your ways, Vs: 2-7

God’s people were sinful in every way.  These people were corrupt in character, worship, and deeds.

2.  Actions were clearly seen, Vs: 8-15

Footnote:  Jeremiah was to preach to these people, but he was not to plead for these people.  Israel has already rejected every attempt by God to turn them around, Vs:21-29.  They were going back instead of going forward (Vs: 24).

3. The announcement of slaughter, 7:30-8:3

These people would be removed from their land.  The laughter in the streets would be no more.

Think it through:

What will happen to where you live if you do not stand in the gate and proclaim the message of the Lord?  Certainly I know that for some who read this, there is the immediate response, “Do you know how hard it is to stand in the gate in my city?”

I truly cannot understand every context.  There are people reading this blog from all corners of the world.  I believe the Apostle Paul understood this when he wrote, “Be instant (stand at the gate) in season and out of season,”  II Ti. 4:2. Paul speaks of standing in the gate when it is popular and when it is not popular.

Your gate could be as a parent who faces children who are struggling.  Here God’s charge, “Stay at the gate, your children’s lives are at stake.”  Your gate could be your work place.  Here God’s charge, “You are the sole light at the gate.  They cannot see me apart from you.”  Still others are at the gate of the nations.  Here God’s charge, “This gospel must be proclaimed to the end of the world and the end will come.”

Our response:

I have made my choice, “I will stand at the gate.”  For the sake of the souls of men, I plead with you to stand at the gate!!!

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