Imagine how immense the task of rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem must have seemed to the men who were faced with the task. As we read chapter 3 of the book of Nehemiah we find the names of all those men and their families. They were just ordinary men and women who worked together and did their share of the work. When you all believe in something and work together, one step at a time and all do your share of the work, anything is possible. Imagine rebuilding the faith of a nation. It is a task that seems immense to us today. But if we believe in it enough and work together and play our part, surely anything is possible. If we all prayed like Nehemiah and worked as if we were all pastors, ministers or lay preachers, just imagine what we might achieve for Gods kingdom here in our nation in our time.
Nehemiah 3:1-7 NLT
Then Eliashib the high priest and the other priests started to rebuild at the Sheep Gate. They dedicated it and set up its doors, building the wall as far as the Tower of the Hundred, which they dedicated, and the Tower of Hananel. People from the town of Jericho worked next to them, and beyond them was Zaccur son of Imri. The Fish Gate was built by the sons of Hassenaah. They laid the beams, set up its doors, and installed its bolts and bars. Meremoth son of Uriah and grandson of Hakkoz repaired the next section of wall. Beside him were Meshullam son of Berekiah and grandson of Meshezabel, and then Zadok son of Baana. Next were the people from Tekoa, though their leaders refused to work with the construction supervisors. The Old City Gate was repaired by Joiada son of Paseah and Meshullam son of Besodeiah. They laid the beams, set up its doors, and installed its bolts and bars. Next to them were Melatiah from Gibeon, Jadon from Meronoth, people from Gibeon, and people from Mizpah, the headquarters of the governor of the province west of the Euphrates River.
There are many people named in this chapter and their contribution to the work is listed as well. The whole list is 32 verses so I have just included the first seven. I haven’t counted all the names but there are lots! My goal today is to encourage those of us who believe we can make a difference in this world for God’s Kingdom. If the returning exiles could work together, inexperienced and unskilled for the work as many of them must have felt, then surely, so can we. Surely we can take this example of unity and shared purpose for the glory of God, and apply it to our own time and situation. Let’s learn to work side by side so we might have a chance to rebuild the faith of our nation.
Nehemiah 1:1-3:14, 1 Corinthians 7:1-24, Psalms 31:19-24, Proverbs 21:4