The work has begun. The wall and it’s gates are now beginning to be restored and rebuilt. What was in shambles begins to take form, again. And in chapter 3, the workers are listed. There are about 50 names given – with those types of names that prove difficult to pronounce. It is like a list of pharmaceuticals that no one ever gets right. And most of these 50 never get mentioned ever again.
So why? Couldn’t the author just list the sections of the walls and the gates? Couldn’t it have been a simple verse that said the work had begun? He could have, but then God gave us the whole chapter for a reason.
We saw last time that leaders set the example. The high priest even got involved.
Verses 8-9 give us another lesson, that some people worked in areas outside their area of skill. There were jewelers and makers of perfume – and a politician (do they know how to work?)
Sometimes in life, we know things need to get done and ministries need to happen – but we feel so ill equipped, so unqualified, and so helpless. But that shouldn’t stop us. The person who said he should not get involved for he doesn’t know how should look at the perfume maker who is hauling rock and slinging a hammer.
God can do amazing things – not based on our skills but on His power. He is looking for willingness. He looks at our heart.
What does He see when He looks at your heart? Does He see willingness?