The Nugget has received requests from subscribers to run a
series focusing on gates in the Bible. The Bible is full of references to gates,
many of which were in relation to the gates of ancient Jerusalem. This ongoing
series, "The Gates of Jerusalem", looks at what these gates can teach us today.
Many thanks to Nugget author and Answers2Prayer volunteer, Sue Ramsey, for
supplying the research that this series is based upon. For previous lessons on
"The Gates of Jerusalem", please see:
The Gates of Jerusalem, Part 4
The Fish Gate
In last week's lesson on the gates of Jerusalem, we saw that the first gate
mentioned, the Sheep Gate, speaks to us of the cross and the sacrifice that
Jesus made for our sins. It is the starting point and also the end of
everything. Today's lesson takes us to the next gate mentioned in the series:
The Fish Gate.
"The Fish Gate was rebuilt by the sons of Hassenaah. They laid its beams and
put its doors and bolts and bars in place . . ." (Neh 3:3,4 NIV)
The Fish Gate was a gate in the north wall, just a little to the east of the
modern Damascus gate.  It was the closest gate to the fish market, and it is
believed that fishermen from the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River, Jewish and
Syrian alike, used this gate to bring fish to market. 
So what does a gate used for the purpose of bringing fish to market have to do
with us today? Jesus gave us the answer very early on in His ministry, when he
called two of His first disciples: "'Come, follow me,' Jesus said, 'and I
will make you FISHERS OF MEN.'" (Matt 4:19-20 NIV)
The Fish Gate speaks to us of evangelism! We have all been called to be "fishers
This gate's position, after the Sheep Gate that speaks to us of Jesus' gift on
the cross, is a natural progression for the Christian life. After seeing that
Jesus died for our sins and after accepting His gift of salvation, it is only
natural that we would want to tell others about it. In fact, surveys have shown
that those who win the most people to the Lord are believers who have been saved
for less than two years! Their simple testimony of what Jesus has done in their
lives qualifies them to be great "fishers of men"!
But not only is this a natural progression for new believers, it was also a
major focus of Jesus' earthly ministry: "He told them, 'The harvest is
plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to
send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs
among wolves.'" (Luke 10:2-4 NIV).
Is it any wonder that this was also at the center of Jesus' last direct command
before He ascended to Heaven? "THEREFORE GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL
NATIONS, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy
Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." (Matt
28:19-20 NIV); "GO INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE GOOD NEWS TO ALL
CREATION." (Mark 16:15-16 NIV); and "The third time he said to him, 'Simon son
of John, do you love me?' Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time,
'Do you love me?' He said, 'Lord, you know all things; you know that I love
you.' Jesus said, 'FEED MY SHEEP.'" (John 21:17-18 NIV) In fact, this has
come to be known as "The Great Commission!"
Friends, once we have come to know our Lord and Savior, it isn't enough to just
sit back and enjoy what we have. We are COMMANDED to tell others about what
And why not? We can't be guaranteed that someone else will tell them! If we
don't obey the Great Commission, we could be condemning the people we love and
care about, the people Jesus died for, to their final punishment in Hell!
Enough to ponder, friends, but do ponder this: After receiving Jesus as our Lord
and Savior, we are COMMANDED to pass through the Fish Gate, to become "fishers
of men", to tell the Good News of Jesus Christ to others.
Join us next week to see what lesson can be learned from the next gate in the
wall, the Old Gate.
God bless each of you abundantly.
Sue Ramsey & Lyn Chaffart Volunteers, Answers2Prayer Ministries,
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