Sheep Gate Preparation


(Names Changed)


The first step is a study to understand the meaning of the gate, in this case the Sheep Gate.



Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests, and they builded the sheep gate; they sanctified it, and set up the doors of it; even unto the tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto the tower of Hananeel.

Nehemiah 3:1 KJV



Begins with a reading of the commentaries on the verse and topic, with notes being made on essential points about the gate’s purpose and location, as well as any peculiarities.


Gate Notes

  • North Central location, just north of the Temple Mount
  • Nehemiah 3:1
  • First gate mentioned
  • Gate where the lambs were brought in for sacrifice
  • Eliashib, the High Priest, and his brothers the priests, rebuilt the gate and walls in this area
  • This gate had no locks or bars (salvation available to all)
  • Possibly the entrance from the road to Jericho, and to Bethany
  • Possibly the gate near the Pool of Bethesda
  • Possibly leads to the Mount of Olives
  • In the neighborhood of the priest’s residence


Spiritual Notes

  • Everything begins with the Lamb, Jesus Christ, sacrificed for us
  • Jesus Christ is our High Priest
  • We are priests in the Kingdom
  • This was the only gate that was sanctified, making it a special gate
    • An earnest on the subsequent consecration of the entire wall



  • First High Priest after the return from Babylon
  • Grandson of Joshua the High Priest, son of Joiakim
  • A contemporary of Zerubbabel
  • Hebrew meaning of Eliashib: God Restores
  • He, with his brethren, set a noble example as the first to begin rebuilding the wall



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