Walls in Scripture.
What does the Bible say about walls?
The Wall of Answered Prayer is a national landmark to inspire generations of God’s goodness. Sometimes when people hear our name, they comment on the negative connotations of walls. Walls can be used to imprison and to divide. However, walls also protect, provide security, and represent shelter and belonging.
Not a Wall of exclusion, but of beauty
Revelations 21:9-27 describes the Holy City descending from heaven. This New Jerusalem has ‘a massive high wall’ according to verse 12, and ‘the building material of its wall was jasper’ according to verse 18. This is not a wall of barrier or exclusion, but a thing of beauty and awe. Whether this vision is literal or metaphorical, biblical walls are not always negative.
God uses Walls to bring Him glory
In Old Testament times the city walls represented not only the strength of the people within that city, but also the strength of the God they served. Nehemiah depicts the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. He was distraught when he heard that the walls in Jerusalm were in disrepair, as it reflected not only the weakness of his people but also misrepresented God as weak.
"'Jerusalem's wall has been broken down, and its gates have been burned down.' When I heard these things I sat down and wept" (Nehemiah 1:3-4).
The Wall of Answered Prayer represents the strength of God. It will represent the belief that He is alive, listening and able to respond.
Nehemiah and his team faced significant opposition, yet were able to rebuild the city walls in just 52 days. This was a miraculous feat that was a monument to God’s glory and faithfulness, as depicted in Nehemiah 6:15-16.
God can and does use walls to bring Him glory, and we look to Nehemiah as inspiration on our own journey to build a wall that will glorify Jesus. To read more about the book of Nehemiah and its significance for The Wall click here.
We as a family of believers stand together as a Wall
In Ephesians 2:17-22 the body of Christ is described like the walls of a temple, ‘built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone’ (verse 20). We are all part of the wall that ‘grows into a holy sanctuary in the Lord’ (verse 21).
A similar idea develops in 1 Peter 2:5-6, where believers are described as living stones ‘being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood.’ We as a family of believers stand together as a wall; by doing so we create a sanctuary which the Lord inhabits. We are not a wall of separation, exclusion or imprisonment, but one of faith, salvation and glory.
A Wall of hope
The Wall of Answered Prayer is based upon these biblical images of walls. This will not be a divisive landmark but rather a landmark of hope. This will be a place where visitors are inspired to encounter Jesus, where people catch a glimpse of the infinite DNA of the God who answers and see the breakthroughs they read about fulfilled in their own lives. This is not a Wall that displays exclusion; this is a Wall that displays the glory of God.
To see the biblical basis for The Wall as a monument to Jesus, click here.
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