BIBLE READING: Nehemiah 3
“Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests, and they builded the sheep gate; they sanctified it, and set up the doors of it; even unto the tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto the tower of Hananeel.”
The plan was made and now the building project has started. Chapter 3 records processes and who was working on what parts of the wall. It is interesting to see that everyone was working on the wall. Priest to merchants, from rich to poor, and people from Jerusalem and some from other cities and tribes. Though they were of different tribes, classes, or places, what did they all have in common? They were all Israelites. Jerusalem was at one time the pride and joy of the country and now was in ruin. Now they had the opportunity to rebuild what was lost. Leading the group at the beginning of the chapter were the priest. They were setting the example and had begun their work with a sacrifice. All the people had their respected areas to help and build. Matthew Henry used this example, “When a general good work is to be done, each should apply himself to that part which is within his reach. If every one will sweep before his own door, the street will be clean; if every one will mend one, we shall all be mended. Some that had first done helped their fellows.”
This makes me think of the body of Christ. Though we all come from various backgrounds and places, we all have one thing in common, our Salvation. With Christ as our Savior, that makes us a part of the body of Christ. We have the responsibility and privilege to help, encourage, and work along side other believers. We have a common goal. Telling others about Him, and growing in our relationship with Christ. Though the task seems great in the world around us, we are not alone, we have God and the body Christ to work together for the Lord. Each person has different skills and people they can reach, but we all a common goal. Let’s be sure to encourage our brother and sister in Christ as we grow in the Lord!
David Fulp II