Words from the Heart for Tuesday April 16th, 2019
The gatekeepers had been assigned to their positions of trust by David and Samuel the seer. They and their descendants were in charge of guarding the gates of the house of the Lord—the house called the tent of meeting.
1 Chronicles 9:22-23 (NIV)
Guarding the Gates
The Ramparts of Quebec City are the only remaining fortified city walls in North America, north of Mexico. The British began refortifying the existing walls after they took Quebec City from the French in the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in 1759. The wall, which runs on the eastern extremity on the Promontory of Quebec, surrounds most of Old Quebec, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. The fortifications were designated a National Historic Site of Canada back in 1948. The ramparts have four surviving gates: Porte St. Jean, Porte St. Louis, Porte Prescott and Porte Kent.
There were 212 gatekeepers assigned to guarding the gates of the Tent of Meeting. It was their job to ensure the security of the house of the Lord in Jerusalem. 1 Chronicles 9:22-23 says this about them: “The gatekeepers had been assigned to their positions of trust by David and Samuel the seer. They and their descendants were in charge of guarding the gates of the house of the Lord—the house called the tent of meeting.” These gatekeepers were Levites, part of the tribe chosen to look after all things related to the worship of the Lord. God’s presence was in the Tent of Meeting, and it was vital that nothing enter that would in any way impact the holiness of the place. Since Pentecost, the Lord has taken up residence in the hearts of all who have received Jesus Christ by faith. We are called to guard our hearts, just as the gatekeepers did at the Tent of Meeting. What gatekeepers have you appointed to guard your heart so that nothing unholy is allowed to enter?
These have been words from the heart.