My son loves a show on Nickelodeon called "Hole in the Wall". It is a children's competition show. The object is for the team of kids to position themselves in a way that matches the cutouts in a foam wall approaching them. If they fashion themselves right, they will make it through the hole and win points. It is harder than it looks and highly entertaining.
"And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in." When I read that last part, I think of titles bestowed by royals. A person who has particularly gained the attention of the king kneels before him and is dubbed, "The Keeper of the Jewels" or "Master of Horse". Israel had a solid beginning. Along the way, she had allowed influences into her life that began to tear down her walls. She forgot who had laid her foundation. She started building with weak materials. The walls began to crumble. With time, walls cracked, holes appeared, foundations shifted. A solid beginning can only go so far, if a person chooses not to build correctly on it. Just like the kid's game show, the holes can be so big, whole people can get through. In Israel's case, it had been the wrong people.
|Rebuilding the Walls of Jerusalem--Taken from Treasure of the Bible (Captivity and Return)|
By Henry Davenport Northrop, D.D.
International Publishing Company, 1894