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All for One … part 6 of 6

Oops … I never posted the sixth of the six part series. So for all you waiting on the edge of your seat this past couple of weeks, you can relax now, here it is …

It’s a community event. People are taking time off work … to work. And on this huge project, we have seen various types of responses to the construction project. So far in Nehemiah 3, we have looked at five types of people found in this important endeavor of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem …

  • Leadership is setting the example
  • Some people worked in areas outside their area of skill sets
  • Some people are willing to work in unappealing areas (the dirty jobs)
  • Some people are willing to work harder than others
  • There almost always some that just refuse to help and get involved

But this next group is one that might be missed in a casual reading of the chapter. Four words. The simple ending of a sentence about the efforts of a politician – yes, a politician getting his hands dirty at a construction site. Doing actual physical labor. That fact alone might be so shocking, so unusual that you could miss the final four words of verse 12.

Next to him Shallum the son of Hallohesh, ruler of half the district of Jerusalem, repaired, he and his daughters.

Nehemiah 3.12

He and his daughters. Forget for a moment the fact this is the only mention of women getting involved – which is important. Forget the politician doing work angle. There is a great truth seen here.

Oops …I searched for work together, not work out together. But it was too cute

This verse shows us that Shallum took advantage of the mission endeavor to get his family involved. He took his kids to the wall rebuilding project, an important act of service to the Lord, and he made it a family event.

Dad not only set the example – he got his girls involved in the service project.

Dads – what a great lesson. Get your kids engaged. There is no age limit shown here, for there is really no age too early to get your kids helping.

  • Help deliver meals to those on need
  • Decorate cards to be sent to homebound
  • Visit the hospital together (back when you could get in – and obviously within healthy conditions)
  • Help change the oil or check the tires for a widow
  • Serve in a ministry together (cleaning between services at church, yard work, setting up for an event, play in a worship band)
  • Prayer walk together
  • ___________________ (add your own here)

What great memories can be made when a family serves together.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

All for One, One for All … Part 3 of 6

IT’S A DIRTY JOB — BUT SOMEONE HAS GOT TO DO IT. The lesson, some people are willing to serve … even in areas unappealing.

Many yucky pics could’ve been shown. This was mild.

There is a TV show on the Discovery Channel called Dirty Jobs. In it, Mike Rowe explores those nasty, disgusting, dangerous, often avoided jobs that someone’s got to do in our world. Did they pick the short straw? Are they being punished? We often cry “Why would you willingly do that?” I mean, raccoon skinning, yak farming cleanup, munitions assembly, and more.

But these, and even minor domestic unappealing work endeavors, need to get done. Cleaning bathrooms, weeding the flower bed, changing diapers … are normal yet unappealing jobs. Often, and unfortunately sexist, many of these end up as the mom’s responsibility. Thank your mother today people, or you may never have had your stanky diaper changed.

At work – it’s toner changing, microwave cleaning, late shift covering, bio-hazard removal duties. Or at school – detention supervision or always getting the rowdy ones assigned to your class (I now publicly apologize to my 3rd Grade Teacher for me having been that kid, and the 4th grade one too, and maybe … never mind, all of you who taught me, I’m sorry.)

In the Nehemiah 3 chapter, were the wall is being restored and the gates are being replaced/rehung … there is an unsung hero, Malchijah. His name means ‘YHWH is king.’ And he lived out his life showing this reality.

Malchijah the son of Rechab, ruler of the district of Beth-haccherem, repaired the Dung Gate. He rebuilt it and set its doors, its bolts, and its bars.

Nehemiah 3.14

So get the full picture here … this man, whose name shows YHWH (or Jehovah) is king, who himself is ruler (or son of a ruler) of an area whose city’s name means ‘house of the vineyard’ … fixes … the dung gate. One word … Ewww. Again … Ewww.

The Jerusalem Dung Gate during the Ottoman period.

So this Napa Valley like rich dude is working on the gate where all the refuge, garbage, and poopy is taken out. And I think his name shows why.

Malchijah – Jehovah is his king.

Jehovah is our king. No job too small. No job too unappealing. We serve at His pleasure. And I do it willingly, completely, and joyfully. Not just knowing who God is, but also mindful of what He’s done for me, for you, leads me to serve.

And I will serve … no matter where, no matter when, no matter what.

Will you join me in the effort? Even if it means dung gate duty?

All for One, One for All … Part 2 of 6

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?)

Uzziel the son of Harhaiah of the goldsmiths made repairs. And next to him Hananiah, one of the perfumers, made repairs, and they restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall. And next to them Rephaiah the son of Hur, the official of half the district of Jerusalem, made repairs …

Verses 8-9

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?