Full Circle

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. And between the going up of the corner unto the sheep gate repaired the goldsmiths and the merchants. Nehemiah 3:31-32

are-you-a-detroit-real-estate-investor-lets-start-working-togetherIn these final two verses, we find ourselves back around to the sheep gate once again. These areas seem to be some of the most ornate portions of the wall seeing that the goldsmiths and merchants are working here. This area is most likely where the Sanhedrin court would have met during Paul’s time.

The most significant thing that we should learn from these verses is that Nehemiah has been listing the duties of each group around the perimeter of the city.  Each section was assigned to a group and they all worked at the same time. It was important to have the entire wall complete with each portion being finished roughly at the same time. This made the city more secure. Had they only worked on sections one at a time, enemies could have slowed their work by attacking them through one of the other breaches in the wall.

When we apply this to our lives spiritually, we see that we need to work on the whole man, not just one or two aspects at a time. Paul told us in Romans 12 to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, not just an arm or a foot. When Jesus called His disciples, we see that they immediately stopped what they were doing and devoted their entire life to Him.

Our devotion to God must have this all in attitude. When we work with other church members, each person needs to have that same devotion.


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