Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, and they built the sheep gate; they sanctified it…
More than one figure in Scripture represents the work of life as a building (1 Peter 2:4, 5; Matthew 16:18; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15).
I. EVERY ONE TO CONTRIBUTE HIS LIFE-TOIL TO THE BUILDING UP OF THE CITY OF GOD.
II. EVERY MAN HAS HIS OWN APPOINTED SPHERE AND KIND OF WORK.
1. Every one must find his own task.
2. Every one must be content with his own task.
III. EVERY MAN CONTRIBUTES BUT A FRAGMENT TO THE GREAT WHOLE.
IV. EVERY MAN TO WORK IN HARMONIOUS AIM WITH HIS FELLOW-BUILDERS.
V. THE UNITED WORK IS SUPERINTENDED BY THE GREAT ARCHITECT.
1. He only understands the whole of the great intricate plan of life.
2. He is near us with directions.
3. Let the thought, "Thou God seest me," animate us at our toil.
Parallel VersesKJV: Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests, and they builded the sheep gate; they sanctified it, and set up the doors of it; even unto the tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto the tower of Hananeel.
WEB: Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, and they built the sheep gate; they sanctified it, and set up its doors; even to the tower of Hammeah they sanctified it, to the tower of Hananel.