A Purpose Shared

Read: Nehemiah 3:1-12

Next to him Hananiah, one of the perfumers, repaired, and they restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall. (v. 8)

So many names! In this section of Nehemiah 3, there are at least 18 specifically named individuals who are recognized for their work repairing the walls of Jerusalem. Add to that the many other anonymous sons and kinsmen who are also referenced in this passage. Then, add to that the many names listed in this chapter beyond verse 12! They were all following Nehemiah’s leadership in the rebuilding process.

While it may seem tedious to read such a passage, let’s think about why these names are recorded here. In Nehemiah’s view (and God’s!), every person on this list is important, and their efforts were crucial. In today’s reading, we get a good cross section of the kinds of people who rebuilt the city’s walls. There are priests and city officials; there are various craftsmen, including a goldsmith and a perfumer. There are sons and brothers—and even the daughters of Shallum worked on the wall! As chapter 3 continues, we read of many others, all coming together to repair and rebuild the city’s walls. Nehemiah wants us to see their cooperation and determination. So much can be accomplished when the people of God come together for one shared purpose!

Are you ever tempted to think that your own efforts are insignificant? Let Nehemiah 3 confirm to you that God doesn’t see it that way! Your work is significant and important to him. —Laura N. Sweet

As you pray, ask for unity and shared purpose among God’s people.

About the Author

Laura Sweet

Laura N. Sweet is a wife, mother, grandmother, and former Christian schoolteacher from Midland, Michigan. She writes devotional material for both adults and children, and her work has appeared in more than a dozen publications.

This entry is part 13 of 16 in the series Faithful among the Ruins