Luke 7:12 “Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold there was a dead man carried out the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.”

Gates in biblical context weren’t just a doorway into a city, they were the places where the prophets cried out and kings judged. They were also the place where people met and where the elders of the society sat to make decisions.

Ruth 4:1 “Then went Boaz up to the gate, and sat him down there: and, behold, the kinsman of whom Boaz spake came by; unto whom he said Ho, such a one! turn aside sit down here. And he turned aside and sat down”

When Boaz wanted taking Ruth to be his wife he had to go to “the gate” where the elders sit in judgment to inform them about the decision and seek their consent.

Ruth 4:11 “And all the people that were in the gate, and the elders, said We are witnesses…”

When the elders agreed for him to go ahead with the marriage, it was equally agreed at the gate. The elders made themselves witnesses and the agreement stood. In those days, the gates acts as the court house. Once something is agreed upon at the gate, it stood and cannot be changed.

The gate is also a place of fellowship and communion where friends meet friends. The high and the mighty meet there, and you can make new friends there as well. It is reminiscent of our modern day golf club, community centers and the like.

Genesis 34:20 “And Hamor and Shechem his son came unto the gate of their city, and communed with the men of their city, saying…”

In summary, gates amongst other things represents; judgment, witness, communion, agreement and power. Demonic forces knew this fact and they tend to hijack the gates of cities, businesses, towns, countries, organization and so on.

What has this got to do with our devotional and with us today?

To be continued…

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