Wisdom's Corner
Open the Cataracta of Your Heart

In many countries people own cars. They may keep their cars in a garage. A garage usually has a door on it. Most of the time the door opens by lifting up and sliding inside next to the ceiling of the garage. It does not open like a door to the house.

In ancient times, royal cities and palaces (where kings and princes lived) had gates to go through to get inside. These gates did not open like normal doors. Instead, they opened like our garage doors do today. These gates were known as cataractas.

In Psalm 24: 7-10, there is a very interesting conversation. This part of the psalm is a song which the Israelites sang as they brought the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. They sing to the gates to lift up and open so that the ark bearing the King may come in. The gates ask, Who is this King? The people reply that it is the Lord and King of Glory. The gates ask, Who is the King of Glory? The people respond by saying that it is the Lord of hosts. And we are left with the impression that the gates do indeed lift up and open for the King of Glory and Lord of hosts.

God wants us to open our hearts to His word. He wants to live in us through His word. I know you want to obey Him. To do that, you must study the Bible.

Until next time, read the Bible and open the cataracta of your heart. And if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

Mark McWhorter

Copyright 1999

Published by The Old Paths Bible School