"And they fortified Jerusalem unto the broad wall." — Nehemiah 3:8"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, because thou hast rejected
knowledge: I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children."
— Hosea 4:6
"The Broad Wall Must Be Rebuilt"
The Lord must in some way find our life that He may either reward it or punish it. In this case He willget at the parents through the children. "
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
" There is a
word omitted here which gives accent and force to the impeachment. We should literally read, "My people are destroyed for lack of THE KNOWLEDGE." There is only one knowledge worth acquiring.
We must reject any information that takes the place of inspiration. Information is useful within narrow limits, for information is a changeable quantity, changing by the very fact of enlargement and self
correction. But inspiration is the Spirit, the genius that unites all things, interprets all things, and in asense governs and directs all things. The Bible is consistent in its claim, it never lowers its spiritualtone; under no circumstance will it modify the claims and challenges of God. If God is not first, then
there will be no settlement of the contention. But, with God at the right place, all other considerationsand ministries and interactions assume their right relation and process.There is no question, God is addressing His people. Not ancient Israel, but the Church of the twenty
first century. Having rejected the knowledge of God, men have changed that which was meant to be"The Holy of Holies", the dwelling place of God, into a purpose driven, user friendly, worldly religiousinstitution. Because it is
of the world
the world hears it. So we have the so-called mega church, whose faith is not in God, but in the number of people who attend. The driving purpose of the purpose
driven is not to produce Saints of the Most High God, but religious people
who never really cometo know God
n His sanctifying, life changing experience, of truly being born again. This is evident inthe message preached. You must not mention the cross, or sin, this would be a terrible offense to these
religious Ishmaels. Every message preached must be carefully edited, every word must be weighed, lestsome poor soul be convicted of his sin and leave the service broken, and weeping."
And they fortified Jerusalem unto a broad wall,
" Cities well fortified have broad walls, and so hadJerusalem in her glory. The New Jerusalem must in like manner, be surrounded and preserved by a broad wall of nonconformity to the world, and separation from its customs and spirit. The tendency of
these days is to break down the holy barrier, and make the distinction between the Church and the world merely nominal.
It will be an ill day for Church and the world when the proposed
amalgamation is complete. and the sons of God and the daughters of men are as one:then shall another deluge of wrath be ushered in.
(Charles H. Spurgeon). The amalgamation
spoken of by Mr. Spurgeon in the nineteenth century has become complete in the twenty first century."
Though thou, Israel, play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend: and come not ye unto Gilgal, neithergo ye up to Beth-aven, nor swear, the LORD liveth,
" (Hosea 4:15). Bethel has become Beth-aven.
, but it has so changed its character that it is no longer Bethel, butBeth-aven,
house of vanity
. So, the sanctuary can become a stable, and the altar be sold for bread to
minister to the hunger of wickedness. The glory is turned into shame, and over the Temple door is
written Ichabod, the glory has departed. Bethel has become Beth-aven, thus we lose our character, andthe names in which we were baptized become associated with every form of shame, debasement, anddisgrace.How is the fine gold become dim? Verse eight tells it all. "
They eat up the sin of my people, and theyset their heart on their iniquity.
" Here God speaks of the priest. They live upon it, they pander to
people rather than expose their sins, and so long as those sins are profitable the priests seize theproduce, (the tithes and offerings), and spend it upon their own lusts, vanity and ambition. These are
supposedly anointed men who are living on the produce of sin and shame. So the priests are made fat