September 25, 2012

267 - Rebuilding the walls.

Kathleen's thoughts

Nehemiah 2: 17-20, 3: 1-32, 4: 1-23, 5: 1-13.

Nehemiah's encouragement to rebuild Come, let's rebuild Jerusalem's wall, so that we will no longer be a disgrace.
They said, "Let's start rebuilding" and they were encouraged to do this good work.

the contempt of Sanballat and others I gave them this reply, "The God of heaven is the One who will grant us success. We, His servants, will start building. But you have no share, right, or historic claim in Jerusalem.

List of builders
The Levites
The priests
other builders
Nehemiah overcomes ridicule Listen, our God, for we are despised. Make their insults return on their own heads and let them be taken as plunder to a land of captivity. Do not cover their guilt or let their sin be erased from Your sight, because they have provoked the builders.
So we rebuilt the wall until the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had the will to keep working.

The conspiracy
Nehemiah's precautions
The people's complaint
Nehemiah's rebuke
The restitution.

How good and pleasant it is when brothers can live together! It is like the dew of Hermon falling on the mountains of Zion. For there the Lord has appointed the blessing - life forevermore
Psalm 133: 1,3. This is a beautiful Psalm. My sister cross-stitched the scripture for my Silver-wedding anniversary present.


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