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Why did the walls of Jerusalem point to the disgrace of the city?

Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” Nehemiah 2:17

            The crumbled walls showed a city unprotected, unkept and uncared for.  By assembling the walls, it showed that this city mattered and had people inside that cared.  Since the city of Jerusalem was meant to reflect the glory of God, Nehemiah wanted to make sure the walls reflected the power and protection of God.  It’s the same way a church would look with a worn out welcome sign, or a cross hanging askew on a steeple.