Nehemiah 3: 1-32
Today, the work that Nehemiah set out to do in Jerusalem began in earnest as the people rallied and started building. It all started with the priests, with Eliashib, the high priest and his brethren – they builded the sheep gate, sanctified it and set up its doors.
It is so amazing how different people took up different parts of the project, from building different parts and regions of the walls and gates, to repairing major parts of the city, including the temple and part of David‘s sepulcher. Great things happen when people collaborate together, and each person play his role to achieve the common goal, the work looks a lot easier, and progress would be made fast.
Of note however, was the comment made about the nobles of the Tekoites. We learnt that they did not put their necks to the work of their Lord. What a negative in the whole positive of the chapter. This shows that anything short of the best is not good enough for our God. These nobles probably were feeling too big to be too concerned about the project, they probably didn’t want to get their hand dirty, or wanted more time for pleasure rather than work. Whatever reason it was, their attitude was noted to the extent that it merited being written in Israel‘s history book.
What would be said of you when it comes to God’s work? Would you be commended for doing your part, playing your role and doing your best? Or would it be said of you, that you did not put your neck to the Lord’s work?
Some verses to remember
vs 1 Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests, and they builded the sheep gate; they sanctified it, and set up the doors of it; even unto the tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto the tower of Hananeel.
5 And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord.