The rebuilding of the wall
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.
The sheep gate entered into the Temple area, on the northeast corner of the city, so named because it was through here that the animals were brought for sacrifice-the sheep gate-the way of sacrifice.
The whole undertaking was begun by sanctifying the work unto God, seeking His help and blessing. And when the wall was completed, the whole was dedicated to God with praise and thanksgiving.
This high priest Eliashib was the grandson of the high priest Jeshua, who had come back earlier with Zerubbabel. Though he entered into the wall-building, he appears to have been no friend of Nehemiah's, but rather of Tobiah and Sanballat.
Though he was high priest, he is not mentioned as taking any part in the reforms and activities by which Nehemiah endeavored to stir up the people and bring them back to God.
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5 And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord.
Paul tells us that all these things were written for examples for us and they are examples in more ways than one. Among other things they are examples of the fact that all is recorded
for good or for ill. If we are related to the purpose of God (and we believe we are), then all our activities are being recorded.
Let it not be recorded of any of us that we "put not our necks to the work of the Lord."
That applies to us all, for listening is just as important as speaking. All is the work of the Lord, whether it be the meetings, or just our private contacts together. Let us all put all the effort and enthusiasm we can into everything we do, as unto the Lord!
The nobles of Tekoa put not their necks to the work, and it is forever recorded against them, but we find later in the chapter that the common people of Tekoa finished their own
part early and then went somewhere else and built up an extra portion.Bro Growcott - Let us rise up and build
10 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.
This building again of the old ruins of the wall which had been broken down for one hundred and fifty years was a tremendous undertaking. There are several interesting points about it.
In this work Nehemiah was typical of Christ, the great wall builder, and also of every faithful laborer in every age who endeavors to build up and strengthen the Holy City's wall of defense and separation from the world.
When the wall is broken down, nothing can prosper. Things just go from bad to worse.
The first point we notice is that each man built the part nearest his own house.
This is an important principle.
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20 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.
Baruch the son of Zabbai earnestly repaired his portion. As some are singled out for their lack of zeal, so here is one mentioned for special zeal.
There was a lot of earnest work, or they never could have gotten the wall up in fifty-two days in the face of such obstacles, but here was a real extremist-a man who gave himself to the uttermost. As Paul says of some in his day-
"To their power-yea, and BEYOND their power- they were willing of themselves"
(2 Cor. 8:3).
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