Nehemiah - God Rebuilds Us: B.U.I.L.D. Together
Topic: Biblical Passage: Nehemiah 3:5–3:12
Ezekiel 22:29 (HCSB)
The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy and unlawfully exploited the foreign resident.
Isaiah 10:1–3 (HCSB)
Woe to those enacting crooked statutes and writing oppressive laws to keep the poor from getting a fair trial and to deprive the afflicted among my people of justice, so that widows can be their spoil and they can plunder the fatherless. What will you do on the day of punishment when devastation comes from far away? Who will you run to for help? Where will you leave your wealth?
Romans 7:15 (HCSB)
15 For I do not understand what I am doing, because I do not practice what I want to do, but I do what I hate.
B.L.U.F. Bottom Line Up Front
God is rescuing people and calling them to join Him in rebuilding the walls (His Kingdom), on earth as it is in Heaven
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Nehemiah Chapter 3
1. B.uilding is an all hands all in endeavor...
Nehemiah 3:1 (HCSB)
Eliashib the high priest and his fellow priests began rebuilding the Sheep Gate. They dedicated it and installed its doors. After building the wall to the Tower of the Hundred and the Tower of Hananel, they dedicated it.
John 13:4–5, 34 (HCSB)
So He got up from supper, laid aside His robe, took a towel, and tied it around Himself. Next, He poured water into a basin and began to wash His disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel tied around Him.
34 “I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another.
1 Peter 2:4–5 (HCSB)
Coming to Him, a living stone—rejected by men but chosen and valuable to God— 5 you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
2 Chronicles 16:9 (HCSB)
For the eyes of Yahweh roam throughout the earth to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are completely His. You have been foolish in this matter. Therefore, you will have wars from now on.”
2. U.nfulfilled life when we are not all in...
Nehemiah 3:5 (HCSB)
Beside them the Tekoites made repairs, but their nobles did not lift a finger (bring their neck into the work... “Would not yield”) to help their supervisors.
Isaiah 43:7 (HCSB)
Everyone called by My name and created for My glory. I have formed him; indeed, I have made him.”
Ephesians 2:10 (HCSB)
For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.
3. I.ndividuals count
Nehemiah 3:8 (HCSB)
After him Uzziel son of Harhaiah, the goldsmith, made repairs, and next to him Hananiah son of the perfumer made repairs. They restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall.
Nehemiah 3:12 (HCSB)
Beside him Shallum son of Hallohesh, ruler over half the district of Jerusalem, made repairs—he and his daughters.
1 Peter 4:7–11 (HCSB)
Now the end of all things is near; therefore, be serious and disciplined for prayer. 8 Above all, maintain an intense love for each other, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one another without complaining. 10 Based on the gift each one has received, use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, it should be as one who speaks God’s words; if anyone serves, it should be from the strength God provides, so that God may be glorified through Jesus Christ in everything. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.
4. L.ock arms (“next to them...”)
5. D.eepens your experience of God and transforms your life
Nehemiah 4:6 (HCSB)
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.
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