Evening, August 20, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“And they fortified Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall.” — Nehemiah 3:8
Well-fortified cities have broad walls, and so also did Jerusalem in her glory. The New Jerusalem must, in the same manner, be surrounded and preserved by a broad wall of nonconformity to the world, and separation from its customs and attitude. These days tend to break down the holy barrier, and make the distinction between the church and the world merely nominal. Professing believers are no longer disciplined and moral, questionable literature is read all around, trivial and shallow pastimes are often indulged, and a general negligence threatens to deprive the Lord’s special people of the sacred distinctiveness which separates them from sinners. It will be a sad day for the church and the world when such a consolidation shall be complete, and the sons of God and the daughters of men shall be as one: then shall another deluge of wrath be ushered in. Beloved reader, make it your aim in heart, in word, in dress, in action to maintain the broad wall, remembering that the friendship of this world is hostility against God.
The broad wall allowed a pleasant place of respite for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, from which they could command panoramas of the surrounding country. This reminds us of the Lord’s exceedingly broad commandments, in which we walk at liberty in communion with Jesus, overlooking the scenes of earth, and looking out towards the glories of heaven. Even while we are separated from the world, and denying ourselves all ungodliness and sensuous lusts, nevertheless we are not in prison, nor restricted within narrow constraints; indeed, we walk at liberty, because we keep his teachings. Come, reader, this evening walk with God in reading his statutes. As friend met friend upon the city wall, so meet your God in the way of holy prayer and meditation. You have a right to travel the ramparts of salvation, for you are a freed man of the royal city, a citizen of the metropolis of the universe.