Nehemiah 3

Nehemiah 3

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Rebuilding the Wall

Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, and they built the Sheep Gate. They consecrated it and set its doors. They consecrated it as far as the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Tower of Hananel. And next to him the men of Jericho built. And next to them Zaccur the son of Imri built.

The sons of Hassenaah built the Fish Gate. They laid its beams and set its doors, its bolts, and its bars. And next to them Meremoth the son of Uriah, son of Hakkoz repaired. And next to them Meshullam the son of Berechiah, son of Meshezabel repaired. And next to them Zadok the son of Baana repaired. And next to them the Tekoites repaired, but their nobles would not stoop to serve their Lord.

Joiada the son of Paseah and Meshullam the son of Besodeiah repaired the Gate of Yeshanah. They laid its beams and set its doors, its bolts, and its bars. And next to them repaired Melatiah the Gibeonite and Jadon the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon and of Mizpah, the seat of the governor of the province Beyond the River. Next to them Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, goldsmiths, repaired. Next to him Hananiah, one of the perfumers, repaired, and they restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall. Next to them Rephaiah the son of Hur, ruler of half the district of Jerusalem, repaired. Next to them Jedaiah the son of Harumaph repaired opposite his house. And next to him Hattush the son of Hashabneiah repaired. Malchijah the son of Harim and Hasshub the son of Pahath-moab repaired another section and the Tower of the Ovens. Next to him Shallum the son of Hallohesh, ruler of half the district of Jerusalem, repaired, he and his daughters.

Hanun and the inhabitants of Zanoah repaired the Valley Gate. They rebuilt it and set its doors, its bolts, and its bars, and repaired a thousand cubits of the wall, as far as the Dung Gate.

Malchijah the son of Rechab, ruler of the district of Beth-haccherem, repaired the Dung Gate. He rebuilt it and set its doors, its bolts, and its bars.

And Shallum the son of Col-hozeh, ruler of the district of Mizpah, repaired the Fountain Gate. He rebuilt it and covered it and set its doors, its bolts, and its bars. And he built the wall of the Pool of Shelah of the king’s garden, as far as the stairs that go down from the city of David. After him Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, ruler of half the district of Beth-zur, repaired to a point opposite the tombs of David, as far as the artificial pool, and as far as the house of the mighty men. After him the Levites repaired: Rehum the son of Bani. Next to him Hashabiah, ruler of half the district of Keilah, repaired for his district. After him their brothers repaired: Bavvai the son of Henadad, ruler of half the district of Keilah. Next to him Ezer the son of Jeshua, ruler of Mizpah, repaired another section opposite the ascent to the armory at the buttress. After him Baruch the son of Zabbai repaired another section from the buttress to the door of the house of Eliashib the high priest. After him Meremoth the son of Uriah, son of Hakkoz repaired another section from the door of the house of Eliashib to the end of the house of Eliashib. After him the priests, the men of the surrounding area, repaired. After them Benjamin and Hasshub repaired opposite their house. After them Azariah the son of Maaseiah, son of Ananiah repaired beside his own house. After him Binnui the son of Henadad repaired another section, from the house of Azariah to the buttress and to the corner. Palal the son of Uzai repaired opposite the buttress and the tower projecting from the upper house of the king at the court of the guard. After him Pedaiah the son of Parosh and the temple servants living on Ophel repaired to a point opposite the Water Gate on the east and the projecting tower. After him the Tekoites repaired another section opposite the great projecting tower as far as the wall of Ophel.

Above the Horse Gate the priests repaired, each one opposite his own house. After them Zadok the son of Immer repaired opposite his own house. After him Shemaiah the son of Shecaniah, the keeper of the East Gate, repaired. After him Hananiah the son of Shelemiah and Hanun the sixth son of Zalaph repaired another section. After him Meshullam the son of Berechiah repaired opposite his chamber. After him Malchijah, one of the goldsmiths, repaired as far as the house of the temple servants and of the merchants, opposite the Muster Gate, and to the upper chamber of the corner. And between the upper chamber of the corner and the Sheep Gate the goldsmiths and the merchants repaired.

(ESV)


Nehemiah 3 Commentary

by Hank Workman

Nehemiah made it to Jerusalem.  At night he went out and inspected the walls to see what he was facing of this massive task that lay before.  It was as bad if not worse than he thought.  Speaking to some men he shared his reason for coming to Jerusalem and the task God had given.

“You see the bad situation we are in, that Jerusalem is desolate and its gates burned by fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem so that we will no longer be a reproach.”

Nehemiah 2:17

The work began.

What follows is an amazing scene of Jews from all walks of life, all backgrounds, age, and abilities working together to rebuild the wall and gates of Jerusalem.  The very first person mentioned is the high priest and other priests.  It says much.  As I say quite often ‘Everything rises and falls on leadership” not only was this monumental task organized and in the beginning stages of being repaired by Nehemiah; the priests showed an example of leading through their joining the force and serving.

Good leadership in any organization is essential to see tasks carried out.  Godly leadership is crucial when doing the work of God.  Not only does it take the visionary to cast the proposal it takes them leading by example.  Inspiration trickles down from vision to action from the top down.

Sure there were some who didn’t get involved in the rebuilding.  But the incredible response was citizen after citizen jumped in and began the hard labor repairs of the walls and gates.  Everyone had a critical role to fill.  Much is the same within the church itself.  For the Body of Christ to run on cylinders everyone has a role that must be filled.  It’s what helps it run effectively.

In light of the world we live in, the broken people who surround and are looking for hope – what is your task?  Where is your role?  Where does your church need your help to restore and rebuild?


Nehemiah 3 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

In my mind, there are two critical applications of this chapter. Back in Nehemiah 1, I stated that the rubble of the temple mirrored the people’s spiritual condition. So, the first application is that the temple’s rebuilding represented the reconstruction of their spiritual lives. They dedicated their work to the Lord. The reconstruction was a cooperation between the will of man and the will of God. It did not come automatically or easily.

The people worked, but they did so under the strength provided by God. They gathered tools and supplies but those resources were ultimately provided by God. Interestingly, God also took notice of those who did not cooperate with Him.

Beside them the Tekoites made repairs, but their nobles did not lift a finger to help their supervisors.

Nehemiah 3:5 HCSB

Hold that thought.

The second application is that we can see a trickle effect. Eliashib the high priest and his fellow priests set the tone at the beginning of this chapter by rebuilding the Sheep Gate. This would have been an area north of the temple that housed the sheep to be brought in for sacrifice. From there, the men of Jericho and Zaccur son of Imri joined the renovation efforts. The rest of the chapter details more than 50 other names of people who decided to pitch in and join the rebuilding effort.

But, remember, there were also some who didn’t lift a finger. Is this not just like ministry today? The truth is, there are many today who simply do not want to left a finger. Even in a healthy environment where the Spirit of the Lord is so thick and people are utilizing their talents for the Kingdom, there will always be those who refuse to “bend their backs.”

This is so relevant today! Nehemiah, in grace, does not list the names of these people. However, they live in infamy as the only people mentioned who did not participate in service to the Lord. Maybe they thought Nehemiah was doing it wrong, or maybe since they were nobles they thought they were above such menial tasks?

“It is interesting to note that the nobles were right next to the fish gate, which speaks of witnessing. These men were not witnesses for God at all. I don’t know about you, but I would not want to be in that group. I would hate to have it reported in the eternal Word of God that I did not do what He called me to do. In our day I am afraid that there are many people in the church who are not doing what God has called them to do. I am talking about saved people, not the unsaved. These Christians are not doing anything.”

J. Vernon McGee
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