Your Gate is Too Small

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Lift up your heads, O gates!
And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle!
Lift up your heads, O gates!
And lift them up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
he is the King of glory! Selah
Psalm 24:7-10

When you study the text of the Bible in the context of the land in which it was written, your mental pictures begin to match the mental pictures of those who originally wrote and read the Bible.  And when you see the pictures correctly, you begin to understand the text more fully.

Above, you see a picture of the pylon gate at the Temple of Edfu in Egypt.  This is one of the best preserved Egyptian Temples and displays the astounding level of devotion and honor that the ancient Egyptians paid to their gods.  As historically significant as this is, I want you to see that picture for another reason.

In ancient times, gates like this one would be a normal part of the building of a temple. This gate provided not only an entrance point for worshipers, but also a symbolic entry for whatever god was being worshiped.  That being the case, the size of the gate, was a direct reflection on the size of the god that entered through that gate.

The bigger the gate, the bigger the god.

Now reread Psalm 24:7-10.

Lift up your heads, O gates!
And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle!
Lift up your heads, O gates!
And lift them up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
he is the King of glory! Selah
Psalm 24:7-10

Do you see it?

The Psalmist is shouting that the gates are too small; that the King of Glory is way bigger than the gate, and that the gate must be reconstructed for Him to come in.

God is bigger and more capable than you currently believe; and, with the Psalmist, I challenge you to “raise the gates” in your life, and trust Him.

 

PS: There is nothing quite like studying the text of the Bible in the context of the land, and I would love the opportunity to show you pictures like this one in Israel in 2015.  So click here, watch the video, and sign up to receive more information as it becomes available.

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