This week our reading was again from Nehemiah and gave details on the people who helped him to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem or specifically the gates – well done to Tommy for the reading with all the old Hebrew names! Each person who was involved had a part to play and the finished result was from a joint effor of all of them working together to a common goal. We see this with the body; eyes, head, feet and hands can do nothing alone but must co-exist with the rest of the body to perform their function. It is the same with God’s Creation in that everything is interlinked with its part to play. We will help to build God’s Kingdom and bring about a better World by working together towards that goal. We each have our part to play but all are equally important…
Builders of the Wall
3 Eliashib the high priest and his fellow priests went to work and rebuilt the Sheep Gate. They dedicated it and set its doors in place, building as far as the Tower of the Hundred, which they dedicated, and as far as the Tower of Hananel. 2 The men of Jericho built the adjoining section, and Zakkur son of Imri built next to them.
3 The Fish Gate was rebuilt by the sons of Hassenaah. They laid its beams and put its doors and bolts and bars in place. 4 Meremoth son of Uriah, the son of Hakkoz, repaired the next section. Next to him Meshullam son of Berekiah, the son of Meshezabel, made repairs, and next to him Zadok son of Baana also made repairs. 5 The next section was repaired by the men of Tekoa, but their nobles would not put their shoulders to the work under their supervisors.
6 The Jeshanah Gate was repaired by Joiada son of Paseah and Meshullam son of Besodeiah. They laid its beams and put its doors with their bolts and bars in place.