NEHEMIAH CHAP.2 V. 17-18
But now I said to them, “ See what trouble we are in because Jerusalem is in ruins and it’s gates are destroyed! Let’s rebuild the city walls and put an end to our disgrace,” and I told them how God had been with me and helped me, and what the emperor had said to me. They responded, “let’s start rebuilding!” and they got ready to start the work.
The other day I was thinking about what some of our prayer partners were saying about how to rebuild or build up the numbers in the cell groups. I was led to Nehemiah in the Bible, you know he was the guy who was given the task of rebuilding Jerusalem. So lets have a look and see were we are led.
1. THE REVIEW
NEHEMIAH INSPECTS THE WALL AND MAKES A RECOMMENDATION TO THE LEADERS.
(A) HE CONDUCTS A NIGHT TIME SURVEY TO INSPECT THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM.
(B) NEHEMIAH CALLS A MEETING OF THE JEWISH LEADERS AND INFORMS THEM OF THE TERRIBLE CONDITION OF THE CITY’S WALLS.
2. HE URGES THE LEADERS TO BEGIN THE TASK OF REBUILDING
3. THE RESPONSE
– GOOD LET US REBUILD
4. THE REDICULE
SAN BALLAT – TOBIAH – AMD AN ARAB NAMED GESHEM SCOFF AT NEHEMIAH’S PLAN, THEY RECON IT’S JUST REBELLION AGAINST THE KING
5. THE REBUKE
– NEHEMIAH ASSURES THEM THAT THE REBUILDING WILL BE DONE WITHOUT THEIR HELP.
SO NOW, THE REPAIRS
THE WORK IS DIVIDED UP BY THE 10 GATES – EACH ASSIGNED TO CERTAIN LEADERS
A. THE SHEEP GATE chap3= vers 1-2
HIGH PRIEST ELIASHIB AND HIS FELLOW PRIESTS, THE MEN OF JERICHO & ZACCUR SON OF IMRI.
B. THE FISH GATE 3=3.5
THE CLAN OF HASSENAAH,– MEREMOTH THE SON OF URIAH ,MESHULLAM ,& ZADOCK.
C. THE OLD CITY GATE 3=6.12
JOIADA – MESHULLAM – MELATIAH – JADON & MEN OF GIBEON & MIZPATH – UZZIEC – HANANIAH REPHAIAH – JEDAIAH – HATTUSH – MACHIJAH HASSHOB – SHALLUM & HIS DAUGHTERS
D. THE VALLEY GATE 3=13
HANUN + THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF ZANOAH.
E. THE DUNG GATE (RUBBISH) 3=14
F. THE FOUNTAIN GATE 3=15-25
SHALLUM – NEHEMIAH – REHUM – HASHABIAH BAJJAL – EZER – BARUCH – MEREMOTH BENJAMIN & HASHUB – AZARIAH – BINNUI
G. THE WATER GATE 3=25-27
PALAL – PEDAIAH + MEN OF TEKOA
H. THE HORSE GATE 3=28
A GROUP OF PRIESTS
I. THE EAST GATE 3=29-30
ZADOCK – SHEMAIAH – HANANIAH – HANUN MESHULLAM
J. THE INSPECTION GATE 3=31-32
MALCHIJAH – THE GOLDSMITHS – MERCHANTS
NOW AS THE BUILDING PROGRESSED THE WORKERS WERE SUBJECT TO.
INTERNAL STRIFE 5:1-19
Do you see what I see? Are there familiar ring tones to this? Is this what is happening with your group?
AFTER ALL OF THIS THERE IS STILL TRIUMPH.
THE JOB IS DONE AND IT’S DONE IN ONLY 52 DAYS.
NOW THE ENEMIES OF THE PROJECT ARE FEARFUL – WHY – BECAUSE NOW THEY HAVE WOKEN UP TO THE FACT THAT GOD WAS ON THE SIDE OF THE WORKERS.
EVERYTHING HAPPENED THROUGH GOD’S HELP.
WITHOUT HIM WE CAN DO NOTHING.
SO YOU CAN SEE THAT WITH THE HELP OF MANY
– THE UNITY OF ALL
– AND WORKING WITH GOD’S HELP AND PURPOSE.
– ANYTHING IS ACHIEVABLE.
– EACH ONE OF US HAS A JOB TO DO AND WE MUST DO IT FOR THE WHOLE GROUP TO SUCCEED.
– IT WILL NOT HAPPEN IF IT IS JUST LEFT TO A FEW WORKERS.
Father as we come to You united together, grant us through Your Holy Spirit the wisdom , the understanding and the knowledge that we require to build your Ministry throughout the world especially in our own cell groups. Amen.
Copyright 2009 Bro Terry Jones, Caboolture, QLD
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