Nehemiah: 2:17 "Then I said to them," you see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins and its gates have been burnt with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace."
Nehemiah was a Jewish leader in exile, who was the cup bearer to King Artaxerxes of Babylon.
⚡ Nehemiah received a distressing report of the condition of Jerusalem. His heart was filled with concern for the welfare of Jerusalem, his home land, when he heard that the wall around the city was broken down. Wanting to do something he prayed to God with fasting.
⚡ What is on your mind?
Thanks or burdens? Whatever it is, your loving God wants to hear your heart.
⚡ Nehemiah obtained permission from Artaxerxes to return and rebuild the walls. When he reached Jerusalem he exhorted his
people with the verses quoted above to come and rebuild the wall of Jerusalem.
⚡ It gives a powerful lesson for us as we consider the damaged parts of our past that needed repair. It is our faith in Christ and His power that enables us to look ahead, move forward and rebuild.
⚡ At first glance, chapter:3 might appear to be a boring account of who did what in the reconstruction. However, a closer look highlights how people worked together. Priests were working along side rulers; Perfume makers were helping as well as goldsmiths. There were some who lived in nearby towns and came to give a hand. Others made repairs opposite their houses. Shallum's daughters, for example worked along with the men, and some people repaired two sections, like the men of Tekoa.
⚡ Two things stand from this chapter. First, they all worked together for a common goal. Second, all of them are commended for
being part of the work, not for how much or little they did as compared to others.
Today we see damaged families and broken society. But Jesus came to build the Kingdom of God through the transformation of lives. All of us have something to do. So let us work side by side and do our part- whether big or small- to create a community of love where people can find Jesus.
Are you ready for that?
Dr. Thomas David
Based on NEHEMIAH 3
No More Obstacles Our Way; Rebuilding Our Lives ✝
The rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem was a huge job. But Nehemiah tackled it by creating a vision and recruiting the people of Jerusalem to WORK TOGETHER.
If we see the long list of people and their contributions mentioned in this chapter, we feel tempted to better skip over the reading. If we read those names once, I'm sure even half of those names won't get etched in our brains.
But a closer look at these shows that the list includes all types of people — businessmen, priests, community leaders, people from neighbouring cities, artists, common people, and entire families, including daughters. They all do their part to rebuild their cities.
To understand it better, we must compare how many people were involved to build our own homes. Think of such a list we might prepare. Our churches and its members could together to help all those people (members) who don't have a home, to build up one simple home for them!
The rebuilding of Jerusalem began by building the altar; then the Temple (Ezra 3). It is only now that the WALL of the city is rebuilt. Of special interest is how Shallum and his daughters also helped. (v. 12)
The altar and sanctuary speak to us of worship, which is obviously the first responsibility of the people of God. But we're not merely Sunday Christians. The rest of the city, which represents daily life in our homes and day to day circumstances, must also be protected against its enemies and be clearly separated from the world around. Each person must be on his guard and in particular be responsible for building before his own house. (verses 10, 28, 30)
Through the momentum created by Nehemiah the leader, the whole of Judah set to work to build up the wall. Let's not be lazy to work for the Lord, but use all our available talents and resources to build each other up for the glory of God! Even if we are slightly disabled in certain areas, none of us are created so totally disabled that we cannot work for the Lord. We shall overcome, when we are doing the Lord's work!
What Does It Mean When This Chapter Says All Were Involved? Irrespective of Our Age, Gender, Profession, Possessions, Positions... We Can Be Involved in Doing the Lord's Work in the Community We're Living in. There's Strength in Unity. If We Break Our Unity, We Fail. We Need to Accomplish All of Lord's Work, Together! May the Lord strengthen, equip, challenge and inspire us all to build up, steadily... one by one, one at a time!
Forth in your name, O Lord, I go,
my daily labour to pursue,
you only, Lord, resolved to know
in all I think or speak or do.
The task your wisdom has assigned
here let me cheerfully fulfil;
in all my work your presence find,
and prove your good and perfect will.
Be Blessed. Be Inspired. Be Filled.
- Bob, Bangalore, ʙᴏʙᴍ@ʏᴍᴀɪʟ.ᴄᴏᴍ
⚛Spiritual meaning of the Gates of Jerusalem⚛
3:1-2 THE SHEEP GATE – The sheep for temple sacrifice were brought
in here. This is the principle of CONVERSION. The men of Jericho (fragrance)
assisted along with Zaccur (remembered). This gate was the Alpha and the
Omega of the wall! Everything will begin and end with the High Priest (Jesus
Christ), One sacrifice for ever.
We enter the door and become part of His flock. This gate includes divine healing. It was near Bethesda (house of Mercy). There were no locks or bars on this gate: the mercy of God is ever available to us.
3:3-5: THE FISH GATE - The principle of Evangelism, Outreach, Soul Winning. This is fishing for men with a world-wide vision. The merchants from Tyre probably brought fish to sell at the market nearby. “But their nobles put not their necks (their will) to work of their Lord.” They did not want to do the work of an Evangelist, for they were double-minded. Like some today who despise the day of small things, these wanted to build in another part of the wall.
3:6-12: THE OLD GATE - The principle of Restoration of foundational Truths. This was possibly the Corner Gate of Jer. 31:38. God has been bringing back truth after truth since Luther. It means laying down our pre-conceived traditional (often religious) mind sets and receiving the Mind of Christ.
3:13: THE VALLEY GATE - The principle of humility, basement and brokenness. This is the secret of promotion. The Mind of Christ is the mind of humility. Suffering with Him is a vital part of our son ship.
3:14: THE DUNG GATE – The principle of separation and circumcision. The waste and refuse was removed from Jerusalem. Leave the dunghill. These areas of deliverance are personal. No one wanted this gate.
3:15-25: THE FOUNTAIN GATE – The principle of cleansing and purification. This was near the pool of Siloam. This is the principle of the laver in the Tabernacle of Moses. This gate was repaired by a variety of people.
3:26-27: THE WATER GATE – The principle of God’s WORD or TRUMPETS (a place of a clear word). This includes submitting to seasoned ministry. The Nethinims (Ezra 2:43) dwelt near the Water Gate toward the east. The work of the Nethinims was to carry wood and water for the temple. It appears the servant heart of the Nathinims kept the Water Gate in good repair. This gate was named for its proximity to the Spring of Gihon (breaking forth). The Bible actually gives no indication or need of repairing this seventh gate. Ps. 118:89 “Forever Lord, your word is settled in heaven.”
3:28-29: THE HORSE GATE – The principle of Overcoming and Spiritual warfare. The warhorse! “He that overcomes” (Rev. 2-3). Those who overcome have no dealings with the Harlot. “From above the horse gate repaired the priests, every one over against his house. After them repaired Zadok (righteous), the son of Immer over against his house.
3:29-30: THE EAST GATE - To emphasize that each of us are prophetically positioned by the Lord for his Kingdom purposes. The Lord named us The East Gate. This is the principle of newness of life, glory and power. The Glory of the Lord again fills the Temple! The principle of the praise and worship in a new day! Judah camped on the EAST! The rising of the sun in victory as the glory of the Lord covers the earth! Possibly the golden gate, an entrance to the Temple area from the Mount of Olives.
3:31-32: THE MIPHKAD GATE – The principle of judgment and reward. The Hebrew word “Miphqad” means “assignment; an appointment, mandate, a designated spot, censes; appointed place, commander, number; to visit; to oversee, muster, charge, care for, miss, deposit.” This was possibly the Benjamin Gate. We could consider the open reward of Matthew 6:4. “That your alms may be in secret; and your Father which sees in secret Himself shall reward you openly.”
Mt. 6:6: “When you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly.”
Mt. 6:17-18: “When you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face; that you appear not to men to fast, but to your Father which is in secret and your Father, which sees in secret shall reward you.
8:16: THE EPHRAIM GATE – The principle of fruitfulness and double portion. This is partaking of His Divine Nature. The Father-Son principle of reproduction applies here. The people made booths during Feast of Tabernacles in the courts of the Temple and in the street of
the gates (Water Gate and Ephraim Gate).
12:29: THE PRISON GATE – The principle of full commitment and rest. This is the principle of our being the prisoners (“Doulos”) of the Lord. Love slaves unto death. The principle of the son (pictured in Joseph) coming out of prison to reign.
Improper Marriages -sin against God