Christian Devotional – January 12, 2020

Day 12 – The list continues. Read Nehemiah 3:13-19

Hanun and the inhabitants of Zanoah repaired the Valley Gate. They built it and hung its doors with its bolts and its bars, and a thousand cubits of the wall to the Refuse Gate. Malchijah the son of Rechab, the official of the district of Beth-haccherem repaired the Refuse Gate. He built it and hung its doors with its bolts and its bars. Shallum the son of Col-hozeh, the official of the district of Mizpah, repaired the Fountain Gate. He built it, covered it and hung its doors with its bolts and its bars, and the wall of the Pool of Shelah at the king’s garden as far as the steps that descend from the city of David. After him Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, official of half the district of Beth-zur, made repairs as far as a point opposite the tombs of David, and as far as the artificial pool and the house of the mighty men. After him the Levites carried out repairs under Rehum the son of Bani. Next to him Hashabiah, the official of half the district of Keilah, carried out repairs for his district. After him their brothers carried out repairs under Bavvai the son of Henadad, official of the other half of the district of Keilah. Next to him Ezer the son of Jeshua, the official of Mizpah, repaired another section in front of the ascent of the armory at the Angle.
Nehemiah 3:13‭-‬19 NASB

So many names and places that are listed here. What an amazing record of obedience to God! As we read through this list, it can be easy to get lost in all the names of people and places, but what is overwhelmingly present throughout is the obedience of these people. God remembers and records their obedience. God knew and understood what it took to follow Him, even in the midst of the opposition.

As we read through these names, do we see the obedience listed here? Do we understand all that these people went through to be able to do all that they did? These people built doors and walls and made repairs. Do we recognize their obedience and would the same be said of us?

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