Since the beginning of civilization of the world’s people there have been walls, some of significant size and importance. There was a lengthy period in world history and biblical history where walls were essential in day to day security of a city’s people. There were great walls constructed to keep out all unwanted people from entering or crossing the land of the builders. The great wall of China (over 1500 miles) and Hadrian’s wall in England (733 miles) are examples of great human effort to separate themselves from people of other countries and their political, religious, and financial persuasions, and of course area dominance. These walls were built with great human effort and perseverance having only their own hand tools and beasts of the field (oxen and horses) to rely on to accomplish their task.
The Bible reveals that God’s power and presence could be seen in major resolution to the building and the life of a wall. The destruction of the great wall of Jericho by the perfect obedience of God’s people, a plan military leaders then and now would label insane, but it was accomplished. (Joshua 6: 1-20).
The rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem in 444 B.C. was truly a miracle of God where he raised up Nehemiah from the courts of Artaxerxes the Persian emperor to inspire, exhort, and lead a poor and broken people of Israel to rebuild the forsaken wall in just 52 days (Nehemiah Chapters 2-6). This was done despite the constant threat of enemy tribes that had settled in the land after Israel and Jerusalem were annihilated by Babylon in 586 B.C.
In present day the United States is involved in a great dispute on the necessity of building a wall for our country’s protection from all types of reported evils. It seems vitally important to seek the Lord through fasting and prayer by the leaders and the citizens of our country for God’s direction and solution. One can see in scripture (over and over) that God is seeking respectful civil conduct among his people, especially from his leaders. When we work to develop humility and leave our pride behind us great things are possible. We shouldn’t allow a wall of unbending pride to prevent an equitable solution.
–– Walter N. Maris