Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Day 13: The Repair Of The Breach

But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up and that the breaches began to be filled, then they were furious… (Neh. 4:7)

People in ancient times understood that cities without walls were unsafe – anything or anyone could come in and wreak havoc on the life of the community. Using this same image, the Bible tells us that a person with no control over his own spirit is like a city with broken down walls. (Prov. 25:28) For these reasons, God is always interested in repairing the breaches in walls, whether they be the walls of cities or the walls of men’s souls.

The Hebrew text of verse 7 actually carries the idea that the walls had been bandaged. Sanballat and his evil crew hated to see Jerusalem get bandaged, just like the enemy of our souls hates to see your soul get “repaired.” Much less does the enemy want to see you become a “repairer of the breach!”

God, use me to help You “repair” people with Your love and grace. Use our church to bring wholeness to our neighborhoods and our community – we believe You are still bandaging the hearts of men!

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