Saturday, April 23, 2011

The story of Nehemiah: Chapter 3

1 Corinthians 3:11 "For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ."

The Rebuilding Begins with Everyone having a Place on the Wall:

Nehemiah faces the antagonists and declares to them “The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we will arise and build.” (Nehemiah 2: 20). Then everyone found a place on the wall to build, and the High Priest and the other priests took the lead and got stuck in themselves, as did the gold smiths, the perfume makers, district rulers, the women, Levites and merchants.

The opposition from the governors increases and Nehemiah encourages the people by pointing to the Lord again, "Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes." (Nehemiah 4: 14). He then organises half of the builders to take up their weapons and watch over and protect the other half who are building, and they all have their swords strapped at their sides. He also arranged for a bugler to sound the call to rally together when needed.

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