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Rebuilding The Wall

Febuary 2019

Nehemiah was so troubled when he heard of the decrepit state of the walls in Jerusalem and of the backslidden state of those who had returned that he could no longer return to his life as the cupbearer to the king of Persia. Given leave, Nehemiah traveled back to the burial place of his fathers. After inspecting them, he determined that it was time for the rebuilding of the walls.

No More A Reproach?

One may ask, “Why was the rebuilding of the wall so important? After all, God did not need the walls in place to protect His people. As He had done before, He could send ‘rocks’ from heaven or send a swarm of bees, or even cause there to be confusion so that the enemy may turn on each other.” Nehemiah’s words to the rulers gives us the real reason the walls needed to be rebuilt. “Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach” (Neh. 2:17).

God Got The Glory

Although facing opposition from Sanballet, Tobiah, and even some of his own brethren, the wall was completed within 52 days. This was an amazing testimony of God’s greatness! “And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God” (Neh. 6:16).

The Walls Are Down

How do we apply this lesson to the church today? Correct biblical teaching serves as a spiritual wall to the church today. Simply put: the walls are down. Let’s look at Paul’s pastoral exhortation to Timothy: “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (II Tim. 4:2-4).

There is no doubt that we are seeing a fulfillment of this prophecy today. Men and woman are not enduring sound doctrine. The walls are down. Error is creeping into the church unchallenged!

Let’s Rebuild The Walls

Paul likened the church to a spiritual building. “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit” (Eph. 2:20-22). The church needs the protection of sound doctrine. It’s time to rebuild the walls.

Whole Portions Of The Wall Are Missing

Rocks are missing in a lot of churches:
  • We need to put back the rock of “justification by faith.”
  • We need to put back the rock of “the Message of the Cross.” That rock is definitely missing in a lot of churches.
  • We need to put back the preaching on the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues. Many pastors are trying to throw that rock far from the spiritual wall of the church.
  • We need to replace the missing rock of the rapture of the church.

  • It’s time to rebuild. It’s time that the gaps in the walls are filled with correct doctrines based on proper interpretation of the Bible. Will you help rebuild the walls?

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