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“Children as Gatekeepers”

Key Verse

“And Shallum the son of Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, and his brethren, of the house of his father, the Korahites, were over the work of the service, keepers of the gates of the tabernacle:” 1 Chronicles 9:19a

Text — 1Chronicles 9:12-20


A gatekeeper refers to a person who is kept at the gate of a house or city to control who comes in and who goes out.
In Biblical days, cities were often guarded from enemies by high thick walls with tall gates. The gates were the only entrances into the city, so gatekeepers were appointed to control who came and left the city. The gates also served as market place, court of law, administrative office and public forum. Thus, gatekeepers controlled access to the city’s social, political and economic lifestyles.

Our key verse reveals the names of young people who were called to serve the Lord as gatekeepers. These gatekeepers Influenced Israel’s social, political and economic wellbeing. God appointed them to give warnings, stop evil, promote good and be a blessing to their generation. Think of people like Moses, Joseph, David, Obadiah, Ezekiel, Josiah, Joash, Esther, Nehemiah and Daniel. These young people rose to the height of gatekeepers and worked hard to influence the society during their time.
Today, you are called to be a gatekeeper and positively influence your community, society and the world at large. You are to be shining examples of God-fearing children who are committed to living a holy life.

Further Reading

Genesis 4:1-4

Prayer for today

Lord, make me a gatekeeper that will influence my world for Christ.

Pastor W.F. Kumuyi
About Author - Pastor W.F. Kumuyi

Listed among “500 most powerful people on the planet” by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2013, Pastor (Dr.) William F. Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DCLM) headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria. DCLM started in 1973 as a 15-member Bible study group right in Kumuyi’s apartment at University of Lagos where he was a lecturer. His revolutionary Bible teaching on personal holiness and commitment to evangelism soon gained so much traction and resulted in a widespread revival.

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