God’s Plan for Building
Nehemiah 3 is about the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, the city of peace; the place where God placed His name (Jeremiah 25:29). It contains the names of the builders of the wall of Jerusalem, the order in which they worked, where they began, and where they ended. What is to be done for the public good, everyone should have a part in and further to the utmost of his place and power. It is good to be zealously affected by a good cause. Simply put: If everyone would sweep before his own door, the street would be clean. Do your part (c.f. Nehemiah 3:1.
Saying and doing, however, are often two things: many are ready to say, “Let us rise up and build,” who sit still and do nothing, like that shrewd son who said, “I go, Sir, but went not” (Matthew 21:28-31)