The Daily Word of Righteousness

The Work of Restoration, #55

. . . and they fortified Jerusalem unto the broad wall. (Nehemiah 3:8)

The Broad Wall

The fortification of Jerusalem to the "broad wall" reminds us that it is time now for the Christian Church to construct the "way of holiness."

And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. (Isaiah 35:8)

Every valley must be raised, and every high place must be brought down so the way of the Lord is made straight, easy to find, and uncluttered.

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: (Isaiah 40:3,4)

In our day the broad road is the highway leading to destruction. The way to eternal life is narrow and the gate is small. It is the task of the saints of the Church to construct a highway of holiness that is wide, straight, and easy to find so all of God's people can get to Him without falling into destruction.

Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people. (Isaiah 62:10)

Let us, through the Holy Spirit, build a highway of holiness, a pathway of righteous living, so those who follow us do not stumble or fall but go straight forward to the loving embrace of their heavenly Father. There always is someone ahead of us in the Lord, and also people who have less knowledge of God than we do. Our task is to follow those ahead of us as they follow Christ, stepping along in the same rank (Philippians 3:16,17).

Then we are to make a straight path for those who are behind us so they can follow us as we follow Christ. By giving ourselves wholly to the things of Christ we save ourselves and those who hear us (I Timothy 4:16).

We are to live so people, without stumbling, can follow us as we follow Christ. We endure all things for the elect's sake so they may obtain salvation. Our personality and behavior are to be the reflection of the Lord in order that the souls hastening by may read the Gospel message easily and quickly.

And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. (Hebrews 12:13)

And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. (Habakkuk 2:2)

Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way. (Romans 14:13)

To be continued.