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Heirs Together In Christ

 

Today, reply is on the use of “Christians” as a name for the followers of Jesus Christ who are his church and the new creation. Jesus began to proclaim the doctrines and teachings that were the foundation for his church by reading aloud from the Scriptures each Sabbath during worship within a synagogue that endorsed the Covenant of Moses. Even so, the foundation and rock whereon the church, and a new covenant for Israel, would come to rest would be the blood of Jesus, and his believers having consciousness and sacred knowledge through fresh endowments of spirit substance imparted from the makeup of GOD. The full gospel and revelation through Jesus Christ addresses all mankind in every age, from Adam to the saints who will meet Christ in the air at his Advent (we also say, his appearing; the harvest; the Rapture; the Second Coming). It is written: Ephesians 2: 11-22, King James Version (KJV): 11 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Stevan” (Level 1 with 16 points) posted the following:

 

Why are Christians called christians if the worship the jewish god. Why arent they just called jews?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. (Acts 17: 24-31, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: No Wall of Partition (07/05/2019); Christians Are Following Jesus (01/24/2019); The Household Of Cornelius (05/17/2018); One Root, One Harvest (11/12/2017); Does GOD Hate Jews? (10/03/2016); Academic Language? (12/10/2015); On Cults (08/30/2012); A House of gods? (08/31/2012)

 

Stevan”, here are a few points you may find helpful: The goal of every Christian should be to display the image of GOD, and to be Christ-like as the offspring and joint-heirs of GOD with Jesus Christ. Jesus began his ministry as a rabbi and an itinerant preacher who traveled from place to place within Canaan (i.e., the land then under Roman rule that was occupied through Moses and Joshua as the inheritance of the 12 tribes of Jacob; the Promised Land; Israel as the United Kingdom). This included Samaria where Jesus grew up (also called the ten tribes; Israel; the Northern Kingdom) and Juda (also called the 2 tribes; Judea; the Southern Kingdom). In addition to teaching “the law and the prophets,” Jesus also healed those with disability and sickness (e.g., blindness, fever, paralysis), cast out unclean spirits (exorcisms), and performed miracles. At first, the apostles were used as advance men to announce the coming of Jesus, and to prepare a community to receive his ministry. Because of sacred law, custom, and tradition, those sent by Jesus were not to serve among people outside the covenant of Moses (Gentiles). Later, still before his death on the cross, the church founded by Jesus Christ would be built up and continue to increase through evangelism and outreach ministries by his apostles and disciples. Approaching the time of Jesus dying on the cross, development of the church and its operations became centered within the Temple in Jerusalem of Judea. The Pharisees and Sadducees who led the Temple community regarded Jesus and his followers as outsiders and a dangerous cult. After the death of Jesus his disciples were first called “Christians” (Little Christs) to mock them the way some might say, Little Clones, Little Copy-cats, Little Wannabes. Consider the following that use language from the Bible, and a presentation from the music ministry of Marty Goetz:

1. Matthew 10: 5-8, King James Version (KJV): 5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

2. Acts 11: 19-22, KJV: 19 Now they which were scattered abroad upon the persecution that arose about Stephen travelled as far as Phenice, and Cyprus, and Antioch, preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only. 20 And some of them were men of Cyprus and Cyrene, which, when they were come to Antioch, spake unto the Grecians, preaching the Lord Jesus. 21 And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord. 22 Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.

3. Acts 11: 25-27, KJV: 25 Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul: 26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. 27 And in these days came prophets from Jerusalem unto Antioch.

4. Romans 3: 29, KJV: 29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended (for example, 5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0du_eT0MigM.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is on the wall that is created against ones own family members and close associates through a person becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. Correctly understood, there is a difference between what mankind desires and what GOD has ordained. The holy boldness believers will receive to stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ is also provided so that new believers may serve while still among those who are mockers, skeptics, and scorners. Many Christians experience conflict and friction with family members as they begin to display mature faith. Our efforts as children, parents, siblings, and spouses will not always result in the salvation of our loved ones. In a sense, disciples of Jesus are challenged to realize, You will never lose godly love, relationships, respect, and reverence shared with you by those who belong to Christ. Yet, like diverse sins are bricks of a structure that denies sinners access to GOD, multiple sacred operations can separate believers from those who disbelieve, and who continue in the world. Included are commitment, discernment, duty, sacred knowledge, divine law, judgment, praise, prayer, principles, promises, sacraments, sacrifice, suffering, and unselfish service. Despite their faith, hope, love, trust and yearnings for family and others, believers will not be allowed to alter or manipulate the sacred process of divine judgment that demands completeness, impartiality, righteousness, and wisdom. Nor will believers be allowed to cancel or annul the second death. Faith without works is dead; and believers are not to become fearful, inactive or made silent by those who test and try their spirit name-calling with such labels as “fanatic”, “traitor to your own family,” “weirdo”, or “zealot”. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shared) posted the following:

 

Christians when you got saved did you lose family members?

I’m nervous about believing in Jesus because I’m nervous about losing relatives or persecution coming.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. (Matthew 19: 27-30, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: A Wall To Sanctify? (01/16/2019); A Possible “Home Remedy?” (11/08/2018); Holy Boldness and Humility (10/04/2018); Sacred Ministry or Parenting? (05/10/2018); Honoring Our Own Parents (04/09/2018); Christianity Is A Relationship (04/05/2018); Starting A New Life? (11/21/2017); Undergoing A Sacred Transformation (10/24/2017); Correct Awe and Respect (02/04/2016)

 

Anonymous, for many, becoming set apart to serve GOD as a disciple of Jesus Christ is like having a brick wall placed in the middle of all your worldly relationships. Some of the most difficult teachings that developing Christian believers must acknowledge are those that speak to believers (1) embracing Jesus Christ as the primary focus for their love, (2) making the required full commitment to unselfish service as priests, kings, prophets, and spokespersons for divinity, and (3) humbly submitting to the multiple limitations and permanent changes in their own character and makeup that will be imposed by the Holy Spirit. Just as born again believers must grow-up again to mature and become ripe for harvest from the earth at the coming of Jesus Christ, those becoming believers must be transformed to apprehend the operations of GOD to transform their consciousness, discernment, knowledge, lifestyle, and wisdom. Thus, believers are to become Christlike, and set apart for divine service. All who belong to the Lord, must come to accept many unexpected streams of truth. For example, developing believers will not receive independent authority, discretion, and power to save themselves, their family members, or their friends and others who are close. Even so, as vessels of divine spirit, they are to lead others to Christ, serve as examples, and establish the presence of divinity. They are to forgive, intercede, and pray for others. They are to comfort, edify, and exhort. Mature believers are to realize that heaven will not be a place of continual celebration and family reunions; heaven will be a workplace, and is only to serve as a temporary location for the fulfillment of eternal purpose, and the completion of divine works that include judgment. (Mankind is to spend eternal life earth on the earth made new; and heaven will not be an everlasting home for those from the earth.) Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Ecclesiastes 8: 8, King James Version (KJV): 8 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.

2. Luke 14: 33, KJV: 33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

3. Luke 14: 25-27, KJV: 25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

4. 1st John 5: 16-17, KJV: 16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 5. Jude 17-25, KJV: 17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. 19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. 20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference: 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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THE GOLDEN GATE OF JERUSALEM (see reference cited below)

 

Today, reply is on the morality of America using barriers and walls at its Southern border to discourage immigration and to keep out criminals, refugees, the poor, and the homeless. In the light of devastating hurricane and wildfire events around the country, that the Chief Executive Officer for the United States of America would institute a policy of shutting down the government to ensure border security and control immigration has more the appearance of criminal fraud, incompetence, and the violation of trust more than the appearance of sound management. All are being reminded that, in the modern world, there are those who believe government is to control its elected officers, legislators, and the electorate by using every available tool that may manipulate their emotional, material, mental, and spiritual person. Included are propaganda and devices that impose brutality, conflict, cruelty, disappointments, fear, indebtedness, violence, and problems that have no clear solutions. Christians are warned not to indulge judging others and pronouncing damnation, consequently, many Christians feel that all conflict, division, fighting, and quarrels are a bad thing, and should be avoided or concluded as quickly as possible. Even so, mankind also must acknowledge accountability for their own attitudes, behavior and conduct while they live, and for the conditions in the earth as their sphere of life. For Christian believers, questions of moral content for events, operations, and human process should be answered applying discernment of the character, makeup, and spiritual substance that is displayed from the divine fullness (i.e., divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit). Believers are to receive and pass on inseparable aspects of life essence from divinity that include faith, farsightedness, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. There are multiple unmet needs and a broad range of motives among those seeking shelter within the Nation; and just as it may not be assumed that every denial of requests by those from other cultures and peoples are expressions of bias, ethnic arrogance, discrimination, hate, prejudice, racism or stubbornness, neither should it be assumed that there is unlawful damnation, wrongful judgment, a hardness of heart, and indifference toward the humanity of others. A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality Internet public forum who uses the ID “Christian sinner” (Level 7 with 217,275 points, a member since November 28, 2006) posted the following:

 

There are walls around Jerusalem, there are walls around the Jewish temples and the Christian churches. Are they immoral?

Update: A wall, in my view, is an immorality. It’s the least effective way to protect the border and the most costly. I can’t think of any reason why anyone would think it’s a good idea — unless this has something to do with something else,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said shortly before the government shutdown.

https://thehill.com/opinion/immigration/…

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand. Then said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof. And, behold, the angel that talked with me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him, And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein: For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her. (Zechariah 2: 1-5, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: On Diversity and Equality (05/22/2018); Bible Borders and Walls (08/29/2017); Righteousness Exalts A Nation (07/04/2017); Installing The New President (01/20/2017); Can Christians Be Racists? (07/25/2016); Cultural, Political, Spiritual Growth? (07/10/2016); Religion And Moral Progress? (10/23/2015); Because We Are Certain (12/30/2014)

 

Christian sinner”, politics have a process and structure different than that for communities of faith, corporations, or government agencies, and therefore may be seen as an overlay, and even, a parasite that seeks to maintain its own life by controlling the distribution of resources belonging to a lawful sovereign body (we say, nation; state). While there has been talk of crisis and emergencies emerging from border security issues, the sacrifice of American government workers we are now witnessing is not in compliance with constitutional principles, standard operations, existing programs, or the projections that now serve as the blueprint and “vision” for the Nation’s future.

Many developing Christian believers look to the holy writings for commentary and guidance regarding a wall to separate America from her neighbor, because it strikes them that it opposes the will of GOD to use devices that divide and separate kindreds, tongues, peoples, and nations, at a time when his eternal purpose revealed through Jesus Christ is to transform mankind to exist as immortal, incorruptible companions of divinity. The living are to be restored through repentance and rebirth, joined together through workings of imparted, indwelling spirit, and unselfishly serve as vessels of sacred spirit substance who are offspring of GOD and a new creation.

From ancient times, landmarks, natural features (e.g., forests, lakes, rivers), walls, and other structures were used as barriers against enemy invasions, and boundaries to specify the property and territory within their dominion and jurisdiction. An example of this is seen with the city of Jericho. For Jerusalem and the regions within Canaan that were visited by Abraham, the Friend of GOD, covenant promises, divinely provided law, inheritance, priestly relationship, prophecy, and a lifestyle that included worship of a living GOD who continued among them (within the Tabernacle/the Temple), divinity would be as a wall of fire by day and a pillar of cloud by night sanctifying (we say, setting apart) the tribes of Jacob as a “peculiar people” for service to divine fullness, and to be those who would occupy the land. Similarly, the followers of Jesus as High Priest and Messiah are to be recognizable through their lifestyle and day to day routines that include discovery, gradual growth, praise, prayer, renewing ones mind, rest, unselfish service, and worship. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Ephesians 1: 9-14, King James Version (KJV): 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: 10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: 12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. 13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

2. Ephesians 4: 4-7, KJV: 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

3. Ephesians 4: 11-16, KJV: 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Romans 8: 5-9, KJV: 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is shared on the use of border walls in the Scriptures.  The acknowledgment of fixed boundaries and the identification of locations on the earth as specially blessed of GOD are in keeping with the principles and demands for divine order.  For many centuries, those who were the keepers of divine mystery in the earth wandered as nomads.  While they left behind no permanent housing they often left a “footprint” of sacred altars and life-saving wells of water.  Multiple structures were already in place for those who entered the Promised Land with Joshua.  Perhaps the most important function of walls for Israel was that they served as landmarks, and made visible their inheritance as a people chosen of GOD.  In addition to being used as barriers to control the movement and traffic of foreigners and strangers, walls were defensive weapons used against siege warfare, and an enhancement to beautify cities and provide the appearance of strength and prosperity.  The description of the New Jerusalem that appears in Scripture as the Bride of Christ and the Holy City provides details of its twelve foundations, its single wall, and its twelve gates.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “LovelyGiraffe” (Level 7 with 36,599 points, a member since April 24, 2008) posted the following:

 

Biblically Speaking, does God ordain Border Walls ?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,  Having the glory of God:  and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;  And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:  On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.  And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.  And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.  And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth:  and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.  (Revelation 21:  9-16, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Faithless Israel, Unfaithful Judah? (08/18/2017); The Earth Made New (11/13/2013); Hierarchy (11/14/2013); Jericho Justified? (07/02/2013); Theoretical Forgiveness? (07/03/2013); The Root of Jesse (01/03/2013); Newness of Spirit? (01/04/2013)

 

“LovelyGiraffe”, the borders, countries, and land promised to Abraham that would become the inheritance of those in covenant with Moses are described in the Book of Joshua, chapters 13-20.  The holy writings describe many massive building projects that include the Tower of Babel, the monuments of Egypt, the ark of Noah, and the Temple at Jerusalem.  Speaking to the building of border walls in particular, consider the following points that use the language of the Bible:

(1.)  2nd Chronicles 14:  2-8, King James Version (KJV):  2 And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God:  3 For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves:  4 And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment.  5 Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the images:  and the kingdom was quiet before him.  6 And he built fenced cities in Judah:  for the land had rest, and he had no war in those years; because the LORD had given him rest.  7 Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while the land is yet before us; because we have sought the LORD our God, we have sought him, and he hath given us rest on every side. So they built and prospered.  8 And Asa had an army of men that bare targets and spears, out of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand:  all these were mighty men of valour.

(2.)  Nehemiah 1:  1-4, KJV:  1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,  2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.  3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach:  the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.  4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

(3.)  Nehemiah 4:  16-18, KJV:  16 And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.  17 They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.  18 For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Proverbs 25:  28, KJV:  28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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