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Rebuilding the Wall of Fellowship (4 of 7)
Rebuilding the Wall of Fellowship
In chapter two we saw how Nehemiah began to rebuild the wall of fellowship because he knew that he could not rebuild the walls of Jerusalem by himself.
He wisely surmised that there was a task for every willing person to do. We have skipped over chapter three but I encourage you to read it when you get home because it deals with how Nehemiah delegated different tasks to different people according to their gifts.
There is a phrase you find over and over in chapter three and it is the phrase, "next to him." We read over and over again the words "and next to him."
All along the walls Nehemiah had delegated responsibility to his team..
Even the priests were involved. They were to repair the sheep gate. This was important to them for it was the gate through which the people brought their animals which would be sacrificed to the Lord. There were goldsmiths which worked intricate design. He speaks of workers coming from Tekoa and Jerusalem which were twenty miles away. He speaks of the rulers who also were working side by side the common man. It is important to note that those who worked in the rebuilding process are called by name in chapter three. This tells us God makes a record of what we do, not relating to our salvation, but to our service.
It was people from every walk of life, using their unique gifts, standing side by side that made the rebuilding of the walls a reality.
So in chapter four they are half-way finished. They've been working furiously to complete the wall. And it is when they are half way there that trouble knocks at their door.
People became discouraged because of enemies without and within their camp. Verse ten says it all: "The strength of the laborer fails since there is so much rubble; we will never be able to rebuild the wall."
I want us to see three things in the message today:
1. First we will lo ...
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