At the Sheep Gate, Eliashib the high priest and his fellow priests began rebuilding. They dedicated it and installed its doors. After building as far as the Tower of the Hundred and the Tower of Hananel, they dedicated the wall.
I. Devotion and effort in the cause of God are worthy of DISTINCTION AND REMEMBRANCE. Names have great power, both among contemporaries and successors. We are stimulated by individual examples.
1. The priests are mentioned first; and God's ministers should be first and foremost in every good work, especially that which is most closely connected with his house.
2. Not only individuals are honoured in thin record, but families. Our household life should be intimately bound up with our Church life. The best family title is that which is won in the field of holy enterprise.
3. While all were invited, some refused. The "nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord." But over against that disgraceful idleness we can place the superabundant zeal of others, who not only did their own work, but the work of others as well.
II. Even THE WOMEN WERE READY TO DO THEIR PART, and, understanding "daughters" in the sense of women, the daughters of Shallum, "ruler of the half part of Jerusalem," not too high or too weak to unite in such a cause. In the building of the spiritual Jerusalem the "daughters" contribute no mean portion.
III. SOME UNDERTOOK THE WORK "OVER AGAINST THEIR OWN HOUSE." We may find the opportunity close at hand. No greater honour can we attach to our own house than to connect it with the praise and glory of Jerusalem.
IV. The EFFECT of this general and contemporaneous effort of all the Lord's people to repair the ruins of their city in uniting them, effacing wrong distinctions, developing great qualities, lifting up their faith to a higher platform. Reformation both effect and cause of revival. - R.
Then I came to the governors beyond the river.
Homiletic Commentary.Great reformations often have an insignificant commencement and are slow in developing their true proportions. Reformation work —
I. REQUIRES A VIGOROUS LEADER.
II. SHOULD NOT BE UNDERTAKEN WITHOUT A DELIBERATE ESTIMATE OF ITS MAGNITUDE AND DIFFICULTY.
III. IN ITS INITIAL STAGES IS ALMOST CERTAIN TO PROVOKE OPPOSITION.
IV. CANNOT BE CARRIED ON WITHOUT MUTUAL CO-OPERATION.
V. CANNOT SUCCEED WITHOUT THE DIVINE BLESSING.
And gave them the king's letters
(J. Parker, D. D.)
When Sanballat the Horonite...it grieved them exceedingly
Homiletic Commentary.There is jealousy —
I. II. III. IV. (Homiletic Commentary.)
II. III. IV. (Homiletic Commentary.)
III. IV. (Homiletic Commentary.)
IV. (Homiletic Commentary.)
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