SCRIPTURES: Nehemiah 3:1-32
BOTTOM LINE: Nehemiah had incredible Organizational and Leadership Skills to mobilize God’s People to Rebuild the Gates … but he didn’t do it alone! There is power in the communal service and ministry of God’s People.
QUESTION: ARE WE? There is so much to learn from the people of God in Nehemiah 3 … but ARE WE?
A couple of general Observations here from NEHEMIAH 3:
1. NEHEMIAH had an extraordinary gift of Administration and Organization.
2. People working together can accomplish more than if just 1 person tried to do all the work.
PREPARATION: NEHEMIAH was clearly able to organize and motivate this collection of laborers … many of them were from Jerusalem, so it had direct and meaningful impact on their lives … some of the workers I’m sure had traveled w/ NEHEMIAH for a specific role or purpose as well …
ILLUSTRATION: Leaders Build People … And again … I shared this last week … NEHEMIAH’s #1 priority was the Glory of God … and his #2 priority was the Jewish people … notice how he never loses his concern or his passion for the people … he wasn’t using the people to build a project … he was using the project to build people …
CONSTRUCTION: As we dive into the text here … we discover 12 gates surrounded Jerusalem … only 10 are actually mentioned here in the text … we’re not sure if Ephraim or Prison Gates either didn’t need any work … or if they were simply not recorded …
It’s also interesting that 4 of the Gates rebuilt here make no mention of Locks or Bars … allowing us to consider that maybe these 4 Gates … Fish, Water, Horse & Inspection simply remained “Open” and “Guarded” at all times?
The act work itself sort of had 4 stages:
- Removal of rubble and unusable materials that were either beyond repair or in the way of rebuilding.
- The workers were to save and re-build anything that was salvageable. So they had to determine what was good, bad, remove excess, etc
- They were to repair anything found to be weak, places where the structure remained, but pieces were falling off, etc
- They were to strengthen and fortify what they found to be good.
And this was only happening on the actual wall itself … it was physically demanding work … and those who were rebuilding sacrificed an enormous amount of time and energy to rebuild their city.
APPLICATION: 3 Great Take-Away’s from Nehemiah 3:
I. Their Nobles Didn’t Support Their Work!
II. Serving God As a Family is the BEST Form of DISCIPLESHIP!
III. Our Neighbors Are a Part of God’s Mission
We can learn from how each Gate was so valuable to the function of the city … and how each person’s willingness to be a part of the rebuilding was so powerful …
ILLUSTRATION: WILL WE????? The question is … WILL WE? Will We:
– Allow God to begin to rebuild our lives through the Sheep Gate if we have not already?
– Share our Story
– Begin to understand the Truth’s in God’s Word
– Understand the Valley’s are a part of the journey?
– Take the Rubbish out of our lives?
– Allow the Holy Spirit to empower us and the Fountain of God’s Love, Word and Truth to cleanse us?
– Prepare for Battle?
– Live our life knowing 1 day the Inspection is coming?