Rebuilding (Part 1): Doing Your Part





(Nehemiah 3:5, Pas. Baines, Jr. 8/2017)

Introduction: The book of Nehemiah is about rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem. Chapter three narrates who did what in the rebuilding project. And verse 5 talks about who did and did not work from the people of Tekoa.

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Key Points:

1. Sin and rebuilding. Passages like Hebrew 12:6 support the idea that sin leads to destruction. As the walls in our text were destroyed, our personal lives, relationships, churches, and communities are subject to be destroyed, by our sins.

But when/if we repent, as in the background of our text, we may have to do some rebuilding. I John 1:9 is a great support text for repenting, so we can start rebuilding. Let’s work on repenting from our sins, so we can start rebuilding our lives. It would be even better to avoid sinning, so we can avoid destruction and the hard work of rebuilding.

2. Fear. Notice in vs. 5 that the nobles did not work. Some scholars suggest that they were afraid of retaliation by adversaries in the area. We don’t know this for sure. But it appears as if there are those today who are afraid to give their best in serving the Lord (see II Tim. 1:7).

If we are afraid of failure, we should remember that God can give us the victory, and He can help us learn from our failures. If we are afraid of peer responses, we should remember that God can change the hearts of people, protect us from mean people, and send new people into our lives.

If we are afraid of missing out on what is best for us, we should remember that God’s ways are best for us (see Rom. 8:28). Let’s work on having more faith in God than fear of the things in this world.

3. Power struggle. Notice in vs. 5 that the nobles did not work. Some scholars suggest that they resented having to serve under the supervision of others. We don’t know this to be true, but it seems that there are too many today who don’t give their best in service because of their issues with the leadership structure. 

We should learn how to follow the leadership that God provides. Romans 13:1; Hebrews 13:17; I Corinthians 14:40 provide biblical support for God wanting His people to follow leadership in things being done with decency and order. Let’s work on following the leadership that God provides.

4. Lack of humility. Notice in vs. 5 that the nobles did not work. Some scholars suggest that they resented having to do manual work. We don’t know this to be true, but there are too many today who behave as if they are too important to do the little things that need to be done.

Passages like Luke 16:10; John 13:12-17 support our being humble enough to do whatever needs to be done, despite our title, seniority, financial contribution, or age. Let’s work on our humility.

5. The greater good. Passages like John 12:42 teaches that some people choose fellowship with those who are wrong over doing the right thing.

As we look at the importance of working on our personal development, families, churches, and communities, we should prioritize these things.

Let’s work on pursing the greater good, in our lives. It would great if men took the lead, in this area, as in the text.

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