Old, Burnt Stones

Nehemiah 1:1-4 ~

The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace, That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,
Nehemiah is grieved that the wall of Jerusalem was broken down. Later on in scripture as the walls are being rebuilt in Nehemiah 4:2 some words were spoken in hostility, they were meant to ridicule and humiliate, but I found this is the best part of the story. It was said “you can’t rebuild anything with these used burnt stones. I could hear the devil say to so many people. You’re no good, you’re all messed up, your broken, your rubbish, nobody wants you.
Oh, but the voice of the Holy Ghost is saying I want these old burnt stones.
I want those stones, I want the rejected ones, the broken ones, the outcast of society, the untouchables, the ones who carry the scars of abuse. I’m going to make a new wall with them. We all have a past. If God was looking for perfect none of us would have made the cut. He came to the the the rubbish, to the piles of life, and picked up the broken, wounded, used and abused, and said this is what I’ll use to build my wall. This is what I’ll use to build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail.
Brother Hank Quesenberry

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