After the walls of Jerusalem had been built, and the doors set, Nehemiah appointed porters, singers and Levites. He also gave responsibility to his brother – Hanani, and Hananiah – a man described as being faithful and fearing God above many – to take charge of Jerusalem. He gave them instructions on ensuring the safety and security of the city.
Nehemiah also saw that the city was large and great, but the people were few and the houses were not builded. So, God laid it in his heart to gather the nobles, the rulers and the people, according to their genealogy of those who came back from captivity. Everyone was named according to his city that came from Babylon with the leaders of Israel. We could see what Nehemiah was trying to do here – to ensure that the people were organized, and then they could each rebuild their homes and cities.
One thing is clear – leaders have vision, foresight, and are able to instruct and guide others into a better future. At times they do the thinking for the people, and the people respond by doing the acting and cooperating. Nehemiah had vision, and he was able to pass on the same to his people. He had credibility and could instruct others.
What type of leader are you?
Some verses to remember
4-5: Now the city was large and great: but the people were few therein, and the houses were not builded. And my God put into mine heart to gather together the nobles, and the rulers, and the people, that they might be reckoned by genealogy.