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Together For God
Nehemiah 3; 4:1-6
Last week we discussed how God uses people who are bound to
Him to do His work. God doesn't need us to do His work. He is
Almighty. He can do anything that He wants. He created this world
and all that you see in it in 6 literal days. Our God made the sun, the moon, and the stars. He made "space", a place so vast that we cannot _______________________- even with all our sophistication - see to the end of it. God made your bodies. He made your souls. He doesn't need us to do anything,
but because He loves us He wants us to work alongside of Him. God 2. What do all the people
saved Abraham and told him:
who followed Nehemiah have in common? ________ Genesis 17:1-2 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the _______________________
LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty
God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. {2} And I will make
my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee
Abraham had his work to do, and God had His. Abraham was to
walk before God, to live his life in a way that is pleasing to his
Savior. The Lord expects His people to live for Him, and through Him. Pastor Greg Laurie rightly said:
"To be a golfer you need to golf. To be a surfer you need to surf.
To be a Christian you need to walk with God"
God's people must bind together both with God and with one another if His work is going to be done. That's what we see in Nehemiah Chapter Three. Nehemiah 3:1-32 Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his
brethren the priests, and they built the sheep gate; they sanctified
it, and set up the doors of it
; even unto the tower of Meah they
sanctified it, unto the tower of Hananeel.
It's significant that God's leaders "rose up" and did what they were
supposed to do before the rest of the people moved. God's leaders
should always set the example for the rest. Just as Jesus was always
"about the Father's business" so should God's leaders be about His
business. We read that "Eliashib the high priest rose up". The
words translated "rose up" is the םוק, qum, (pronounced koom),
which means "to rouse oneself, to lift up, to approach with
excitement". The leaders were excited about the work, and this
excitement would transfer downward to the people.
The sheep gate was first built. The priests started at this point
because, according to John Gill, " the sheep were led through it to "rise up" and build? Why is
the temple, and near it was the sheep market, where they were
sold, and the sheep pool, where the sacrifices were washed; and
this being near the temple, and for the service of it, the priests
undertook that". We read that they "sanctified it", that is, they
dedicated that area of wall to the Lord their God.
{2} And next unto him built the men of Jericho. And next to them
built Zaccur the son of Imri. {3} But the fish gate did the sons of
Hassenaah build
, who also laid the beams thereof, and set up the
doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.
The "sons of Hassenaah" worked on the fish gate. This was a
commercial gate through which fish from the Jordan and the Sea of
entered Jerusalem. Since their name means thorny or prickly
these possibly could have been fishermen. They were, it is certain,
hardened workmen.
{4} And next unto them repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah, the
son of Koz
. And next unto them repaired Meshullam the son of
Berechiah, the son of Meshezabeel. And next unto them repaired
Zadok the son of Baana.
Meremoth was the son of Uriah the priest. He returned to
Jerusalem some 14 years earlier when Cyrus the King of Persia
Ezra 1:2-3 . The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the
kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him a
house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. {3} Who is there among
you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to
Jerusalem, which is in Judah
, and build the house of the LORD
God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem.
{5} And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles
put not their necks to the work of their Lord
The Tekoites worked on the wall, the common people (Amos 1:1),
herdsmen from Judah. Sadly, though the common people worked,
the richer people - the nobles - felt that such efforts were below
_____________________________________________________________________ {6} Moreover the old gate repaired Jehoiada the son of Paseah,
and Meshullam the son of Besodeiah
; they laid the beams thereof,
and set up the doors thereof, and the locks thereof, and the bars
Two men worked together on the Old Gate, a gate that was
supposed to belong to the Old city of Salem. Jehoiada the son of
and Meshullam the son of Besodeiah received great honor
for stepping out in faith and doing the work for the Lord. Contrast
their efforts to the apathy of the nobles of Tekoi.
{7} And next unto them repaired Melatiah the Gibeonite, and Jadon
the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon, and of Mizpah, unto the throne
of the governor on this side the river. {8} Next unto him repaired
Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, of the goldsmiths. Next unto him also
repaired Hananiah the son of one of the apothecaries, and they
fortified Jerusalem unto the broad wall
. {9} And next unto them
repaired Rephaiah the son of Hur, the ruler of the half part of
Jerusalem. {10} And next unto them repaired Jedaiah the son of
Harumaph, even over against his house. And next unto him repaired
Hattush the son of Hashabniah. {11} Malchijah the son of Harim,
and Hashub the son of Pahath-moab, repaired the other piece, and the
tower of the furnaces. {12} And next unto him repaired Shallum the
son of Halohesh, the ruler of the half part of Jerusalem, he and his
{13} , the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, The valley gate
repaired Hanun, and the inhabitants of Zanoah; they built it, and
set up the doors thereof
and a thousand cubits on the wall unto the
dung gate.
{14} But the dung gate repaired Malchiah the son of Rechab, the
ruler of part of Beth-haccerem; he built it
, and set up the doors
5. Why were the Rechabites
thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof. significant? ___________________________________________________________ The Rechabites were dwellers in Israel but were not Israelites, nor
were they particularly worshipers of God. They were a nomadic people whose forefather Jonadab commanded that they neither
drink wine nor dwell in houses (see Jeremiah 35:6-7), nor sow
seed, nor plant a vineyard.
Jeremiah 35:6-7 But they said, We will drink no wine: for
Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye
shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons forever: {7}
Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard,
nor have any: but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; that ye
may live many days in the land where ye be strangers.

God often moves those who are not His people to do His work. Proverbs 21:1 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as
the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

As God moved on the heart of the unbelieving Cyrus, the King of Persia: Ezra 1:1-2 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word
of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the
LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia
, that he made a
proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing,
saying, {2} Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of
heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath
charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem
, which is in Judah.
so He moved on the heart of Malchiah the son of Rechab, the ruler
of part of Beth-haccerem
so that he worked to repair one of the
gates of the Holy City of Jerusalem.
{15} But the gate of the fountain repaired Shallun the son of Col-
hozeh, the ruler of part of Mizpah
; he built it, and covered it, and
set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof, and
the wall of the pool of Siloah by the king's garden, and unto the stairs
that go down from the city of David.
{16} After him repaired Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, the ruler of the half part of Beth-zur, unto the place over against the sepulchers of David, and to the pool that was made, and unto the house of the mighty. {17} After him repaired the Levites, Rehum the son of Bani. Next unto him repaired Hashabiah, the ruler of the half part of Keilah, in his part. {18} After him repaired their brethren, Bavai the son of Henadad, the ruler of the half part of Keilah. {19} And next to him repaired Ezer the son of Jeshua, the ruler of Mizpah, another piece over against the going up to the armory at the turning of the wall. {20} After him Baruch the son of Zabbai earnestly repaired the other piece, from the turning of the wall unto the door of the house of Eliashib the high priest. {21} After him repaired Meremoth the son of Urijah the son of Koz another piece, from the door of the house of Eliashib even to the end of the house of Eliashib. {22} And after him repaired the priests, the men of the plain. {23} After him repaired Benjamin and Hashub over against their house. After him repaired Azariah the son of Maaseiah the son of Ananiah by his house. {24} After him repaired Binnui the son of Henadad another piece, from the house of Azariah unto the turning of the wall, even unto the corner. {25} Palal the son of Uzai, over against the turning of the wall, and the tower which lieth out from the king's high house, that was by the court of the prison. After him Pedaiah the son of Parosh. {26} Moreover the Nethinims dwelt in Ophel, unto the place over against the water gate toward the east, and the tower that lieth out. {27} After them the Tekoites repaired another piece, over against the great tower that lieth out, even unto the wall of Ophel. {28} From above the horse gate repaired the priests, every one
over against his house
. {29} After them repaired Zadok the son of
Immer over against his house. After him repaired also Shemaiah the
son of Shechaniah, the keeper of the east gate. {30} After him
repaired Hananiah the son of Shelemiah, and Hanun the sixth son of
Zalaph, another piece. After him repaired Meshullam the son of
Berechiah over against his chamber.
{31} After him repaired Malchiah the goldsmith's son unto the
place of the Nethinims, and of the merchants, over against the
gate Miphkad
, and to the going up of the corner. {32} And between
the going up of the corner unto the sheep gate repaired the goldsmiths
and the merchants.
Nehemiah 4:1-6 But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that 6. When enemies rise up
we built the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and
mocked the Jews. {2} And he spoke before his brethren and the
army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they
fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a _______________________
day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish
which are burned? {3} Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him,
and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall
even break down their stone wall.
______________________________________________ Though the people had a mind to work those who had no part in
the work stood outside and, mocking, attacked those who were honoring God. Pastor John MacArthur said:
"Christ gives life, but Satan takes life. . Christ produces
spiritual fruit in our lives: love, joy, patience, peace, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control (Galatians
5:22-23). But Satan loves the fleshly fruit of immorality,
impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy,
outburst of anger, disputes, dissentions, factions, envying,
drunkenness, carousing, and things like these (vv 19-21). Christ
permits tests or trials in our lives to help us grow spiritually
(James 1:3), but Satan lures us with temptation to destroy us (1
Peter 5:8). Christ sets believers free (John 8:31-32), but Satan
enslaves the lost (2 Timothy 2:26). Christ defends believers (1
John 2:1), but Satan accuses them (Revelation

Satan has agents in all places. The Bible says that he lured a third
part of the angels of Heaven into following him (Revelation 12:4),
1 John MacArthur, How To Meet The Enemy, pages 16-17 and that he lures people daily into following his footsteps. The Apostle Paul spoke of 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful
workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
{14} And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an
angel of light. {15} Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers
also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end
shall be according to their works.

The difference between a false prophet and a true prophet is seen
in the works. The false prophets - like Satan their leader - transform
themselves into the apostles of Christ
. But the Scripture says that
true workers for God are given by God to the Church. As we read
last week:
Ephesians 4:11-13 And (God) gave some, apostles; and some,
prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; between a Sanballet or a
{12} For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the
ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: {13} Till we all
come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of _______________________
God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the
fullness of Christ:
______________________________________________ How can we tell a Sanballat or a Tobiah from a true evangelist,
pastor, or teacher? We tell by their works. The works of the true
leader among God's people will always point to and affirm the Word _______________________
of God. True, non-Satanic leadership will always unify or upbuild
the Body of Christ - it will not tear down!
The works of God's
people are always upbuilding and edifying. Any work that we do
expecting God's approval must meet His conditions.
1. "Good or Godly Works" must always be done in faith. The
always done in __________ and for the glory of Romans 1:17 "For therein is the righteousness of God revealed
from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith."
never in opposition to the clear teachings of God's God expects His people to live their their lives by faith. The Bible Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a
rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

God delights in His people when they step out - together - in faith
and do as He directs. A faithless attitude and faithless apathy will
never be commendable in His sight. "Whatsoever is not of faith is
sin" (Romans 14:23).
The Bible records the names of mighty men of God who stepped
out in faith. We all know the story of the Shepherd David, and his
battle with Goliath
. But how many of you know the Bible account
of Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite? Though the people
fled from the Philistines at Bethlehem Shammah stood his
. We read that:
2 Samuel 23:12 But (Shammah) stood in the midst of the ground,
and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD
wrought a great victory
Shammah refused to let fear rule him, but instead stood up against
the enemy. And what of Abishai, the brother of Joab, the son of
? He killed three hundred men with a spear (2 Samuel
. Then there was Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. Benaiah, we
are told, "slew a lion in the midst of a pit in a time of snow" (2
Samuel 23:20)
. Benaiah chased down a man eating lion when other
men would have ran away, and then - despite slippery footing - killed 9. What can we learn about
that lion. Benaiah, King David's bodyguard, eventually rose in
rank in King David's army until he became the Commander in
lives of Shammah,
Chief of that army, second in power to King David himself.
Abishai, and Benaiah? ___
Benaiah continually made himself available to God. He lived by faith. In fact, we are told that - as Israel fought against the Philistines _______________________at Bethlehem King David foolishly wished out loud: ______________________________________________ 2 Samuel 23:15 . Oh that one would give me drink of the water
of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!
______________________________________________ Three mighty men sprung into action. Shammah, Abishai, and
Benaiah, the Bible says:
2 Samuel 23:16 . broke through the host of the Philistines, and
drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate,
and took it, and brought it to David
: nevertheless he would not
drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD.
King David wouldn't drink of that water, but poured it out unto the
. He realized how foolish he was in asking such a thing, and
instead donated such a mighty act to the glory of God. Mark
wrote in his article Chase the Li
". The modern Church has become fixated mainly on sins of
commission: Don't do this, don't do that, and you'll be okay
. But
here's the problem: You can do nothing wrong and still do

2 Intouch Magazine, page 23, October 2008 nothing right. Holiness is more than the byproduct of simply
subtracting something negative from our lives. It involves

10. Define holiness _______
maximizing our God given potential to live like Jesus. . Our
calling is much higher than simply running away from obvious
sin; we're called to chase lions."
______________________________________________ God calls each and every one of us to minimize our complaining while maximizing our effectiveness for the Lord. We should - by every action we do - strive to glorify God. 11. Go back to chapter 3,
1 Corinthians 1:31 "That, according as it is written, He that
verse 1. When the priests
glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."
sanctified the sheep's gate,
The purpose of the Christian way of life is not merely to arrive safely does this illustrate the
at death. The Christian is sanctified, just as the Sheep's Gate of
Nehemiah 3:1 is sanctified. We are set apart for God's use. We
should live our lives so as to glorify God while pointing others toward Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. The Apostle told the ______________________________________________ 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not
inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators,
nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of
themselves with mankind, {10} Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor
drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom
of God. {11} And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye
are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus,
and by the Spirit of our God
You who belong to God have been set apart or sanctified for God's use. As Jesus said: John 10:10 . I am come that they might have life, and that they
might have it more abundantly
Jesus Christ came and gave Himself for us - not just to give us a
better life after death, but also to give us a better life now. We who
are His are expected to be world changers. World changers can
expect to be attacked. Jesus said:
John 15:18-20 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me
before it hated you. {19} If ye were of the world, the world
would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I
have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you
{20} Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not
greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also
persecute you
; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours
Expect attacks from Satan's minions when you are living for the
Lord. But don't run away from the attacks. Find your place of
service, and then serve God with all your might. As Adrian Rogers
once said, "Many folks are plowing water and shoveling smoke.
They're living to exist and existing to live, but they do not have a
purpose for life"
. What Nehemiah and his merry band were doing
in faith would last long after they left this life. And remember, you
cannot build a strong wall, nor do a great work for God if
God has called us to unity. He has called us to live our lives
for Him.
{4} Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach
upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity:
{5} And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out
from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the
builders. {6} So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined
together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work



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