by Rev Joel Yong
Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, and they built the Sheep Gate. They consecrated it and set its doors. They consecrated it as far as the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Tower of Hananel.
I love this.
They had prepared a wall with a gate and whilst the rest of the building work was yet to be complete- they dedicated the finished portion first!
They made sacrifices and prayed for it to be made holy!
Sure, it was the common entrance to the Temple but don’t people usually only dedicate a building when it’s completed?
It’s as if they could not wait to start worshipping God before the repair work was completed!
It also meant they were celebrating each little victory and milestone as they passed it.
It’s important as we persevere through life’s obstacles that we worship at each milestone and remember the God who is faithful to finish the good work which He first began in us and this prevents us from losing focus on the long journey ans being disheartened.