ON THE JOB SITE
Moving beyond doubt, the priest sets an earthly example. He steps out in faith to do the physical work of reconstruction. They are joined, and there is an uninterrupted line of repair across Jerusalem. The rubble will be moved.
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. And next unto him builded the men of Jericho. And next to them builded Zaccur the son of Imri. But the fish gate did the sons of Hassenaah build, who also laid the beams thereof, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof. And next unto them repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah, the son of Koz. And next unto them repaired Meshullam the son of Berechiah, the son of Meshezabeel. And next unto them repaired Zadok the son of Baana. And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their LORD. Nehemiah 3:1-5
Well, not everyone understands the point of leadership by examples. Some nobles are like the politicians of today, their necks are too stiff to be of service! The rubble is gone, and hardware is being installed. Beams, doors, locks, and bars are the reality of renewal.
Moreover the old gate repaired Jehoiada the son of Paseah, and Meshullam the son of Besodeiah; they laid the beams thereof, and set up the doors thereof, and the locks thereof, and the bars thereof. And next unto them repaired Melatiah the Gibeonite, and Jadon the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon, and of Mizpah, unto the throne of the governor on this side the river. Next unto him repaired Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, of the goldsmiths. Next unto him also repaired Hananiah the son of one of the apothecaries, and they fortified Jerusalem unto the broad wall. And next unto them repaired Rephaiah the son of Hur, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem. Nehemiah 3:6-9
Now Hananiah could have focused on his father’s business as a pharmacist. And Repaniah was a prince of Jerusalem. They got their hands dirty about the common work of reconstruction. Other princes of Jerusalem are also found among the workers now.
And next unto them repaired Jedaiah the son of Harumaph, even over against his house. And next unto him repaired Hattush the son of Hashabniah. Malchijah the son of Harim, and Hashub the son of Pahathmoab, repaired the other piece, and the tower of the furnaces. And next unto him repaired Shallum the son of Halohesh, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem, he and his daughters. The valley gate repaired Hanun, and the inhabitants of Zanoah; they built it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and a thousand cubits on the wall unto the dung gate. But the dung gate repaired Malchiah the son of Rechab, the ruler of part of Bethhaccerem; he built it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof. But the gate of the fountain repaired Shallun the son of Colhozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah; he built it, and covered it, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and the wall of the pool of Siloah by the king’s garden, and unto the stairs that go down from the city of David. Nehemiah 3:10-15
Princes and princesses too are working now. I just finished moving to a new home, and contracted some repairs. The big contracting firm was too busy for my work, and others came but did not work. I found those who finished the job, but it required a little patience. Israel was hindered, but the work is getting done now. More leaders are giving good examples, and the people are following that well.
After him repaired Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, the ruler of the half part of Bethzur, unto the place over against the sepulchres of David, and to the pool that was made, and unto the house of the mighty. After him repaired the Levites, Rehum the son of Bani. Next unto him repaired Hashabiah, the ruler of the half part of Keilah, in his part. After him repaired their brethren, Bavai the son of Henadad, the ruler of the half part of Keilah. And next to him repaired Ezer the son of Jeshua, the ruler of Mizpah, another piece over against the going up to the armoury at the turning of the wall. After him Baruch the son of Zabbai earnestly repaired the other piece, from the turning of the wall unto the door of the house of Eliashib the high priest. Nehemiah 3:16-20
During all of this the city was a mess. At first they were unable to pass through the streets for the rubble. The mess was probably pushed to the side temporarily. Some was still usable for construction, and other materials could only be used for a land fill. No one could find comfort until there was room to live and work.
After him repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah the son of Koz another piece, from the door of the house of Eliashib even to the end of the house of Eliashib. And after him repaired the priests, the men of the plain. After him repaired Benjamin and Hashub over against their house. After him repaired Azariah the son of Maaseiah the son of Ananiah by his house. After him repaired Binnui the son of Henadad another piece, from the house of Azariah unto the turning of the wall, even unto the corner. Palal the son of Uzai, over against the turning of the wall, and the tower which lieth out from the king’s high house, that was by the court of the prison. After him Pedaiah the son of Parosh. Nehemiah 3:21-25
If you have lived through a remodeling project, you know that there is chaos and dirt involved. But the sign of progress is when the mess is in motion. If it is stagnant, it is a mess, but a moving mess is construction progress.
Moreover the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel, unto the place over against the water gate toward the east, and the tower that lieth out. After them the Tekoites repaired another piece, over against the great tower that lieth out, even unto the wall of Ophel. From above the horse gate repaired the priests, every one over against his house. After them repaired Zadok the son of Immer over against his house. After him repaired also Shemaiah the son of Shechaniah, the keeper of the east gate. After him repaired Hananiah the son of Shelemiah, and Hanun the sixth son of Zalaph, another piece. After him repaired Meshullam the son of Berechiah over against his chamber. Nehemiah 3:26-30
Now everyone is bending their backs into a great labor of love. The temple and the whole city of Jerusalem is being restored. There are heavy labors, and now finally, fine arts appearing.
After him repaired Malchiah the goldsmith’s son unto the place of the Nethinims, and of the merchants, over against the gate Miphkad, and to the going up of the corner. And between the going up of the corner unto the sheep gate repaired the goldsmiths and the merchants. Nehemiah 3:31-32
I find it wonderful to see the names of all the workers on this project. It testifies that God is faithful to remember the least of his workers for all eternity. Here they are forever enshrined in the scriptures for the Kingdom of God to admire. Even more rewarding it is to know that our names too may be recorded in the Book of Life. No one is too insignificant to be remembered by God.
These builders of Jerusalem are your exemplary leaders for you, the rebuilders of New Jerusalem. As they labored on the physical reconstruction, so we should labor for the spiritual revival of Jerusalem. We are Jerusalem, and Israel will be reunited with us in the restoration work soon. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; his name is Yeshua Ha Meschia. When they look on him who they pierced, they will know him as he knows them.