Almost six hundred years before Christ, Babylon invaded Israel. The walls of Jerusalem were destroyed, the gates were burned, thousands of people were killed and the survivors became slaves. Those slaves were either left to work the land or herded back to Babylon as house slaves
Seventy years later saw a new king that ended the slavery and allowed the Jews to return to Israel and rebuild their society, their cities and their nation.
Nehemiah lived for most of his life as a slave in the palace of the king of Babylon (he was the king’s wine taster) but his heart yearned to see the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. Through a series of minor miracles the king gave Nehemiah, not only his freedom, but also the resources and finances necessary to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
When Nehemiah arrived in Jerusalem, he and a group of men rode around the city to survey the damage that had been done to the walls. They then “stirred up the people” to work at the rebuilding of the walls.
That is the essence of this group – to recognize the slavery that we are in, to describe the damage that has been done to the walls of our nation, our society, and our families. To help people envision what life would be like after the new walls are built. And then convince men to lead their families in the rebuilding of the section of the wall that belongs to them.
Like Nehemiah, it is time for men to rise up from their slavery and return to the City of their God and become men of honor, men of valor. Men that will drive out the enemy and set their wives and children free from the bondage of the enemy. Men that will lead their families in liberty and righteousness and will help to rebuild the walls.
And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. Isaiah 58:12