The Old gate (Nehemiah 3:6) represents truth. In many lives today, this gate is broken down – people no longer rest upon truth.
Truth is always old, and it is upon old things that every new thing must rest. I read somewhere that
“whatever is true is not new, and whatever is new is not true.”
We live in a post modern society that believes there are no absolutes. So “truth” is being forsaken.
Modern society is rapidly throwing away biblical truth which the church has stood for since Christ’s day. It is saying in effect, that we dont need these things anymore. But if we allow this “old truth” to go, the consequences are that the walls crumble and then we are just like everyone else.
I often think about the story of a man who went one day to visit an old musician.. He knocked on the musicians door and said
” what is the good word for today?”
the old musician did not say a word. He turned around and went back across the room to where a tuning fork was hanging.
He took a hammer and struck the tuning fork so that the note resounded through the room. Then the musician said
“that, my friend,is ‘A’. It was ‘A’ yesterday. It was ‘A’ five thousand years ago and it will be ‘A’ five thousand years from now”.
Then he added,
“the tenor across my hall sings off-key. The soprano upstairs is flat on her high notes and the piano in the next room is out of tune.”
He struck the tuning fork again and said,
“That is ‘A’ and that, my friend is the good word for today.”
That is truth, Truth is always the same. Like God, it never changes. We need to rebuild the old gates of truth.
what are the areas we have broken down in this our long journey of life? truth at work, to the kids, in our relationships, to our spouse…
It just gets worse doesn’t it? every other time one untruth to cover another and then what results is the emergence of a new definition of ‘truth’ – where they are no absolutes… where there is no right or wrong…
Ask for the old paths, where the good way is and walk in it…