Passage: Nehemiah 3:1~32  

Key verse: 12,15

1. Repairing the gates (1-16)

Rebuilding the gates was most difficult. The high priest, with other priests, rebuilt and dedicated the Sheep Gate. Others repaired the Jeshana Gate, the Valley Gate, the Dung Gate, the Fountain Gate. People from other parts of Palestine--from Gibeon and Mizpah across the Jordan--came to participate. There were a few problems: the nobles of Tekoa didn't want to work under supervisors. But, on the other hand, in some families, even a father who had no son worked with his daughters. People from all walks of life worked-goldsmiths, perfume-makers, rulers, Levites, governors and merchants.

2. Filling the gaps (17-32)

Some worked only on the part of the wall opposite their own houses; some repaired larger sections. The whole wall had to be repaired. If one part were left open, then the whole wall would be useless. Building the wall meant restoring their dignity and confidence; it meant restoring their nation.

Prayer: Lord, help me to share in rebuilding the spiritual foundations of our nation through one-to-one Bible study.

One Word: Everyone must work to rebuild