Putting God's Word into Practice…

Notes from Nehemiah (Chapter 3)

on November 25, 2014

Have you ever been walking down a sidewalk and then tripped on a broken piece of concrete?  Or gotten your stroller wheel stuck in a big concrete gap?  Frustrating isn’t it!  If only the homeowners would be responsible for their little section of walkway, things would be so much better!  Could you imagine a neighborhood where everyone’s sidewalk was in desperate need of repair?  That is kind of how I picture the city of Jerusalem in Nehemiah’s time.

Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, and they built the Sheep Gate. (3:1)  The leaders started rebuilding first!  They led by example.  Manual labor was not beneath their position before the Lord.

Next to them/after him…These phrases exist in this text over 30 times.   It reminds us again that the work was a group effort.  Everyone worked diligently in front of their own place.  They worked shoulder-to-shoulder–priests, goldsmiths, perfumers, merchants, government rulers, and families.

And next to them, the Tekoites repaired, but their nobles would not stoop to serve their Lord. (3:5)  Ouch!  What an eternal indictment!  The Tekoite nobles had it all backwards.  They thought of themselves as elevated above the Lord and above the people they represented.  Truly noble people see themselves as servants of the Lord and His people first.  Whenever we think we are too good to serve, we put God beneath us!  How do you view your station in life?  Do you think of serving as an honor and privilege or something you have to stoop to do?

Repaired/Rebuilt/Restored…are used nearly 45 times in this chapter alone.  This tells me that the walls were built solid and secure at one time.  However, over the course of time, neglect caused them to fall into disrepair, and everyone was responsible!

In our own lives–the dwelling place of the Spirit of God–how do our walls look?  Are they strong or are there gaps and crumbling stones?  Are there areas of our heart that need desperately to be restored?  What can we do to start rebuilding right now?  Lord, send revival, and let it start with me!


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