THE GATE OF HOPE
TWO UNSHAKABLE PYLONS ON WHICH
WE HANG OUR FAITH
By Dean Albritton
Sunday School Lesson for October 24
we are going to use a structure to illustrate our lesson today, we must first
look at the meaning of the word pylon. In Egyptian architecture a pylon was a
monumental structure constituting an entrance to a temple or other large
edifice. It consisted of a central
gateway, flanked on each side by a truncated (top cut off) pyramidal
tower. For the best illustration of this
lesson I would like to use the idea of a suspension bridge -- the bowstring
type in particular. One of the greatest
steel-arch bridges in the world spans the beautiful harbor gate of
Using the theory of bridge-building,
the first unshakable pylon of fact to which our faith is securely attached is
The Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 12:24). God made a covenant with Abraham. That Covenant has seven
strands that make up one of the strangest cords found anywhere in our Bible. Are we overlooking the Mosaic Covenant? Let’s read again what Moses said: Leviticus
26:44,45 - “And yet for all that, though
they be in the land of their enemies, will I not cast them away, neither will I
loath them, to destroy them utterly, to break my covenant with them; for I am
the Eternal their God. But I will
remember for their sakes the COVENANT OF THEIR ANCESTORS WHOM I BROUGHT FORTH
OUT OF THE LAND OF EGYPT before the eyes of the nations.” Amazing fact! It is Moses himself who assures
So both Moses and Daniel predicted
Daniel states, “And after sixty and two sevens will Messiah be cut off and not for himself; and the city and the sanctuary will the people of the prince that is coming destroy.”
When we read what the seven strands of the Abrahamic Covenant consist of, it is so powerful that we have to catch our breath. 1. “I will make of thee a great nation, 2. and I will bless thee, 3. and make thy name great; 4. and be thou a blessing: 5. and I will bless them that bless thee, 6. and him that curseth thee will I curse; 7. and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.”
Prophecy does promise a sunrise for
This brings me to the second
pylon. We will consider Ezekiel’s
prophecies as they relate to the restoration of
was on the throne only three months when he, Ezekiel and many others of the
Southern Israel Kingdom were carried away captive by the Babylonians in the
first deportation, about the year 597 before the Common Era, some eleven years
before the destruction of
Ezekiel, the only
prophet to serve outside the Holy Land, predicted the fall of
Today, the little re-born nation of
The Prophet’s name, Ezekiel, means “God Strengthens.” Let us take that name as a garrison of hope as we enter into these vital prophecies.
The temple was rebuilt by the
returning exiles from
There is a Valley called Trouble where everyone must go.
For some the stay is short, for others the stay goes slow.
The valley door is framed in hope and that is the only way
To walk into the freshness of the morning on a sunny day.
We can learn endurance and reverence for God in this place.
Where darkness abounds and dimness clouds His face.
But no matter how dark the
Our future is bright when,
“Oh Lord, we lean on Thee.”
I have been in the Valley where all I had was bitterness,
Where the King put my hard shell in His winepress.
But after the crushing, there was wine,
And the King said,
“At last you are mine.”
Dean Albritton, 1997
Tense and awestruck, we stand riveted in this valley of dry bones, feeling already the depressing hopelessness of the whole scene.
“Son of man, these bones are the whole house of
The chill and comfortless winds moan down the cheerless valley pressing through the scattered bones and sightless eye-sockets with dismal-sounding chorus of despair.
“Our hope is lost, our hope is lost.”
“Our hope is not lost.” The seven strand cord is holding fast. The promise to Abraham is being revealed before our very eyes. Does this secure you faith? It does mine!
Let me close with Ezekiel’s words. ”And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. And I the Eternal will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the Eternal have spoken it.”