Nehemiah was called by Jehovah to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in 445 bc. Though the temple was restored, the city was in ruins causing God’s people to be vulnerable to the attacks of their enemies. Jesus was speaking of the Holy Spirit when he promised us, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Comforter, Who will never leave you.” (John 14:16)
Nehemiah, whose name literally means “Jehovah comforts,” is an Old Testament picture of the Holy Spirit who comes to us to rebuild the “walls” of our souls. But after the walls are built, after we begin to heal, our choices are what determine if we remain healed and free. The city of Jerusalem represents our soul and the gates represent actions of our will that we choose to “open or close,” we choose “how to live,” we choose “how to act.”
In part 3 of this 10-part audio series we learn how to rebuild The Old Gate - Your Gate of Thanksgiving.