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Nehemiah 2:11-18 (NIV)
Nehemiah inspects Jerusalem’s walls
11 I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days 12 I set out during the night with a few others. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on.
13 By night I went out through the Valley Gate towards the Jackala] Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire. 14 Then I moved on towards the Fountain Gate and the King’s Pool, but there was not enough room for my mount to get through; 15 so I went up the valley by night, examining the wall. Finally, I turned back and re-entered through the Valley Gate. 16 The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, because as yet I had said nothing to the Jews or the priests or nobles or officials or any others who would be doing the work.
17 Then I said to them, ‘You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.’ 18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me.
They replied, ‘Let us start rebuilding.’ So they began this good work.
Nehemiah 3:1-12 (NIV)
Builders of the wall
1 Eliashib the high priest and his fellow priests went to work and rebuilt the Sheep Gate. They dedicated it and set its doors in place, building as far as the Tower of the Hundred, which they dedicated, and as far as the Tower of Hananel. 2 The men of Jericho built the adjoining section, and Zakkur son of Imri built next to them.
3 The Fish Gate was rebuilt by the sons of Hassenaah. They laid its beams and put its doors and bolts and bars in place. 4 Meremoth son of Uriah, the son of Hakkoz, repaired the next section. Next to him Meshullam son of Berekiah, the son of Meshezabel, made repairs, and next to him Zadok son of Baana also made repairs. 5 The next section was repaired by the men of Tekoa, but their nobles would not put their shoulders to the work under their supervisors.
6 The Jeshanah Gate was repaired by Joiada son of Paseah and Meshullam son of Besodeiah. They laid its beams and put its doors with their bolts and bars in place. 7 Next to them, repairs were made by men from Gibeon and Mizpah – Melatiah of Gibeon and Jadon of Meronoth – places under the authority of the governor of Trans-Euphrates. 8 Uzziel son of Harhaiah, one of the goldsmiths, repaired the next section; and Hananiah, one of the perfume-makers, made repairs next to that. They restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall. 9 Rephaiah son of Hur, ruler of a half-district of Jerusalem, repaired the next section. 10 Adjoining this, Jedaiah son of Harumaph made repairs opposite his house, and Hattush son of Hashabneiah made repairs next to him. 11 Malkijah son of Harim and Hasshub son of Pahath-Moab repaired another section and the Tower of the Ovens. 12 Shallum son of Hallohesh, ruler of a half-district of Jerusalem, repaired the next section with the help of his daughters.
“Principles of Leadership and Work”
by Clive Jennings
The third in our series “Nehemiah – Principles for Life”.
This week we explore how Nehemiah led by God, motivated a diverse range of people with little or no skills in construction, to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
We think today of areas in our Church life, society and community that need rebuilding after the devastation of the last 15 months and we ask the Holy Spirit to come and gather us as one to enable that rebuilding and gathering to take place for those we are called to serve.
If God has laid on your heart to rebuild your life and discipleship in order to serve others, then Nehemiah’s message may give you the encouragement you need.
Led by Liz Beckerlegge
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This morning we are going to take as the basis of our prayers some words from the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah was looking miserable in the presence of the king – and the king asked him what was wrong. Chapter 2 tells us that Nehemiah “prayed to the Lord and said to the king”.
Let us pray.
Loving father we thank you that we can come before you in prayer and thanksgiving for all the wonderful things that you have given us. Most of all Lord we thank you for giving us HOPE. The last 18 months have been difficult ones but we praise you that you have been with us through them, even if we have not been aware of your presence.
And you give us hope that the next weeks and months will see the fulfilment of many of our hopes as we edge out of lockdown and into a greater freedom and a greater sense of family and community that will engender.
Loving father we are aware that the world we will re-enter is in many ways a different one from the world that we have known and that many of our long-standing beliefs and opinions are now challenged in a way that they have not been before. When we find ourselves challenged, I pray that we will be able to act as Nehemiah did, and pray to you – and give an answer. Be with us, that your thoughts will fill our minds, and your words will fill our mouths so that when we are challenged, we will have the God-given answer.
We pray this particularly for Sam Thompson of this church family, who has been accepted to train for ordained ministry in the Church of England. He will no doubt have to answer some very challenging questions from his contemporaries. We thank you for his humility, obedience and courage in answering this call and pray that your thoughts will always fill his mind and your words will always fill his mouth as he follows the path to which you have called him.
Loving father we ask all these things in your name. Amen.
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