“Words of Wisdom”—a daily dose of “words to the wise”–Day 12

This blog entry is another in a series featuring a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

This blog entry is another in a series featuring a daily dose of “words to the wise,” poetically expressed from the Book of Proverbs.

The number 12 represents governmental order, according to E.W. Bullinger, who speaks of 12 as “a perfect number, signifying perfection of government, or of governmental perfection.” On the 12th day of this series of entries on wisdom, I recognized that lately I have been thinking about putting things in order, in that I have been undergoing a period of intense personal introspection. One of poems that relates to this topic also contains a reference to wisdom.

A number of years ago, Apostle Eric Warren of Equip U Ministries taught a series of messages on the rebuilding of the wall and the gates at Jerusalem during the time of Nehemiah. As I heard the messages and took notes, I was inspired to write a poem for each of the twelve gates. The last gate was the Miphkad Gate. The Hebrew word miphkad means “appointment, account, census, mustering,” as this gate is said to the place of numbering or census:

The last gate mentioned in Book of Nehemiah is the Miphkad Gate which is associated with inspection, gathering, assessment.

The last gate mentioned in Book of Nehemiah is the Miphkad Gate which is associated with inspection, gathering, and assessment.

Miphkad Gate: “I Ask Again That You Inspect Me

Search me, O God, and know my heart;

Try me, and know my anxieties;

And see if there is any wicked way in me,

And lead me in the way everlasting.

 Psalm 139:23-24

 

 

The Lord, our God, one who has never slept nor slumbered,

The only wise God who sees all and always takes note,

Observing where the people gather to be numbered

And assessed, whether to cast aside or to promote

At the Miphkad Gate, place of accountability:

The gate repaired by ministers of the market place.

Here in this place I ask again that you “Inspect Me”,

Here where everyone must give an account, face to face,

And stand before God Almighty, who alone is good.

As I pass through this last gate, may I never forget

God’s mercy and grace but follow after Christ as I should

And fully transform my thoughts to a Kingdom mindset.

May I walk in truth, applying my heart unto wisdom

And by obedience reap benefits of the Kingdom.

 

Hillsong offers a moving rendition of “Search Me O God,” an appropriate musical accompaniment to this blog entry, another dose of “Good Medicine” from the shelves of Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe.

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