He Was A Builder
The Bible is timeless. It is filled with examples of humanity, spirituality and just plain
good sense along with wonderful blessings. Bible guidance for humanity can be seen in
the history of conflicts and deliverance through many generations. In all situations, God
and God’s dedicated followers prevailed. Reading the Bible daily is a good way to guide
lives, yours and others. Consider this: There is an interesting situation in the book of
Nehemiah 1:3 . The Jewish nation had been captured by the Babylonians. Upon their
release, some Jews who visited Jerusalem returned to Persia and reported to Nehemiah ,
the king’s cupbearer . The men said, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the
province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its
gates have been burned with fire.” Why was that important?
After the Babylonian Captivity , a remnant of the Jewish people had returned to Jerusalem
under the leadership of Zerubbabel and Ezra. These returned exiles had rebuilt the
temple, but they were now in need of protection. The lack of fortified walls around the
city left the people defenseless against enemies. Weather, wild animals, opposing people,
and other opponents could easily enter and cause “great trouble” to the people.
According to the report Nehemiah received, the remnant in Jerusalem was shamed. A city
with broken walls revealed a defeated people. The Jews who had returned to their
homeland were both in unsafe conditions and humiliated at living in a destroyed city.
In Nehemiah 2:17 , Nehemiah told the Jewish leaders, “You see the trouble we are in:
Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the
wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” Also, the rebuilding of
Jerusalem’s walls would show God’s blessing upon His people again. Nehemiah quoted
God’s words to Moses in his prayer, saying, “If you return to me and obey my
commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them
from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name”
( Nehemiah1:9 ). Oh yes, there were many who protested the building of the wall. They
threatened the builders and said, “If a fox climbs the wall it will fall.” There are always
naysayers and they scream louder than all others. Now it is time they scream in our own
neighborhoods. “Hey America, it is time to wake up and repent.” Mayhem is destroying
the nation. Division prevails in the political arena and due to lawlessness; people are
dying in the streets. Dishonesty and graft are destroying our ability to depend upon the
testimony of others.
Rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem was an important sign to the enemies of Israel.
Nehemiah told their enemies, “The God of heaven will give us success. We His servants
will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or
historic right to it” ( Nehemiah 2:20 ). And rebuilding the walls showed that God was with
His people. Upon the completion of the walls, Nehemiah wrote, “When all our enemies
heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence,
because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God” ( Nehemiah
6:16 ). Rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem was important because it revealed God’s
blessing, served as a sign to Israel’s enemies, and showed God was with His people. The
walls provided protection and dignity to a people who had suffered the judgment of God
but had later been restored and returned to the Promised Land.
I think it is also important that the one chosen to build the wall was not a king, a
politician or great warrior. He was a builder. Do you see any similarities? The wall
protected God’s people. It gave notice to other civilizations that the Jews were a
protected people. Nehemiah found the book of the Law of Moses and had it read in the
midst of the people—from dawn until noon. They pledged to live by the direction in the
law. Will you live by the law of God and the land? Are you a chosen person that God
has entrusted to shape His nation? Join the fray and pray for guidance that our country
may survive and prosper. If you are not for God, then you are against God. In Scripture,
it is just that plain. Where do you stand and what will you do? Will you be strong like
Joshua who said, “As for me and my house, we will serve Jehovah.” (Joshua 24:15)
I am aware that not everyone sees this situation as I do. There are some who profess that
the protection of our nation is ignoring the message of the sermon on the mount.
However, when the ungodly marauders camp on the land owned by those people, they
may change their opinion. The bottom line is love others as yourself. Treat them as you
want to be treated; but, hold them accountable for their actions or failure to act in
accordance with the law. Open arms await those who abide by the law and who seek a
better life. Open arms do not await marauders, drug smugglers, human traffickers, and
those who seek to sneak into the country by unlawful means.