After the great captivity of Israel in Babylon, Nehemiah led the people as they completed the work or rebuilding the wall around the city of Jerusalem. The wall would protect the city from attack by Israel’s many enemies and keep God’s people safe.
However, the worship of God had also been neglected and needed to be restored in order to keep Israel strong on the inside and void going back into idol worship.
The Bible says that Nehemiah was grieved because God’s work on the temple was neglected. In Neh. 13:11, he contented with the rulers and said, “why is the house of God forsaken?”
Should we also be grieved and ask ourselves why God’s house is so often forsaken? The church was the center of early American life and greatly influenced individuals, families, and the government. But the church is often neglected in modern American life.
Nehemiah’s story should remind us that the New Testament also says that we should not forsake the assembling our ourselves together today.
We can all take part in restoring the house of God by being faithful to attend his house (the church), and believing in God’s son, Jesus Christ.