Nehemiah 3:15-32

15 Shallum the son of Col-hozeh, the official of the district of Mizpah, repaired the Fountain Gate. He built it, covered it and hung its doors with its bolts and its bars, and the wall of the Pool of Shelah at the king’s garden as far as the steps that descend from the city of David. 16 After him Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, official of half the district of Beth-zur, made repairs as far as a point opposite the tombs of David, and as far as the artificial pool and the house of the mighty men. 17 After him the Levites carried out repairs under Rehum the son of Bani. Next to him Hashabiah, the official of half the district of Keilah, carried out repairs for his district. 18 After him their brothers carried out repairs under Bavvai the son of Henadad, official of the other half of the district of Keilah. 19 Next to him Ezer the son of Jeshua, the official of Mizpah, repaired [i]another section in front of the ascent of the armory at the Angle. 20 After him Baruch the son of Zabbai zealously repaired another section, from the Angle to the doorway of the house of Eliashib the high priest. 21 After him Meremoth the son of Uriah the son of Hakkoz repaired another section, from the doorway of Eliashib’s house even as far as the end of [j]his house. 22 After him the priests, the men of the [k]valley, carried out repairs. 23 After [l]them Benjamin and Hasshub carried out repairs in front of their house. After [m]them Azariah the son of Maaseiah, son of Ananiah, carried out repairs beside his house. 24 After him Binnui the son of Henadad repaired another section, from the house of Azariah as far as the Angle and as far as the corner. 25 Palal the son of Uzai made repairs in front of the Angle and the tower projecting from the upper house of the king, which is by the court of the guard. After him Pedaiah the son of Parosh made repairs26 The temple servants living in Ophel made repairs as far as the front of the Water Gate toward the east and the projecting tower. 27 After [n]them the Tekoites repaired another section in front of the great projecting tower and as far as the wall of Ophel.

28 Above the Horse Gate the priests carried out repairs, each in front of his house. 29 After [o]them Zadok the son of Immer carried out repairs in front of his house. And after him Shemaiah the son of Shecaniah, the keeper of the East Gate, carried out repairs. 30 After him Hananiah the son of Shelemiah, and Hanun the sixth son of Zalaph, repaired another section. After him Meshullam the son of Berechiah carried out repairs in front of his own [p]quarters. 31 After him Malchijah, [q]one of the goldsmiths, carried out repairs as far as the house of the temple servants and of the merchants, in front of the [r]Inspection Gate and as far as the upper room of the corner. 32 Between the upper room of the corner and the Sheep Gate the goldsmiths and the merchants carried out repairs.

Adding to the list from earlier in the chapter, we find a bunch more folks working on the walls in their part of the city. Some worked on gates, some just worked on the wall itself, but everyone pitched in and did their part to rebuild their defenses.

So it is with the Kingdom of Heaven. God doesn’t expect just a few to do the work, while the others sit back and enjoy the fruit of their (the workers’) labor. The work only moves forward as it should when all are doing what they can, and doing what God has asked them to do.

Am I doing what I can for my church? Are you? Can we do more? We may think the task too large, but we can accomplish what God has asked, and must trust (and perhaps encourage) others to do what God has asked them to do also. When all God’s people work together, the gates of Hell will not prevail against it. And as our Pastor likes to remind us, gates don’t move, so that means the Church is the one on the offensive against Hell. So find the part God has planned for you, and do it with all that is within you.

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