Jerusalem’s Wall Rebuilt

Nehemiah rebuilds the wallIllustration:  “Rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem under Nehemiah,” by William Brassey Hole, c. 1906 . Watercolor.

“Then [Nehemiah] said to them, ‘You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision'” (Nehemiah 2:17).

The temple had been rebuilt, but the city of Jerusalem was desolate and, because the city wall was destroyed, vulnerable to foreign invaders. Nehemiah, a faithful Jewish man who was captive in Babylon, heard about Jerusalem’s devastation. He prayed for the city to be restored, and God sent Nehemiah back to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall.

On a  trip to Jerusalem, I had the opportunity to have coffee on a balcony overlooking the old city and the wall. I thought of Nehemiah riding his horse around the ruined city and I felt his zeal for the rebuilding. God had promised that David’s kingdom would be established forever, that Messiah would reign from his throne. But here lay Jerusalem, the City of David, in ruins. The city must be rebuilt to fulfill God’s promise! Nehemiah saw that God would make it happen through him, and that the city wall would show other nations, and the Israelites still captive in Babylon, that God is faithful to His promise.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for resurrecting the ruins of my life into something beautiful. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

As We Wait: Even when it looks like a situation is in ruins, God is faithful to His promise to “work for the good of those who love Him” (Romans 8:28). In what part of your life do you especially value that promise?


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