Chapter 3 “Builders of the Wall”
When I started reading this, I thought why is he just listing who built this wall? I don’t know who any of these people are! Am I supposed to know who Meshulla, son of Berekiah is? It wasn’t until I got to verse 8 that I started to care. “Uzziel son of Harhaiah, one of the goldsmiths, repaired the next section; and Hananiah, one of the perfume-makers, made repairs next to that. They restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall.” Wow, a goldsmith and a perfume-maker were working on this massive undertaking. People that don’t seem to have any of the skills necessary to build this wall are in on the project. God didn’t only call the carpenters and craftsmen to be a part of this! No, He is using regular ole people that want to be a part of something great. They are volunteers, simply showing up to be His servants in the rebuilding.
That is fantastic news for you and me! I surely don’t feel like I have any major skills. I can’t speak at a conference, or write a book: what kind of wall could I help build? What I do have is a heart for Jesus and a desire to be used.