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Nehemiah Organizes The People

 

Nehemiah 7:1-73

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.

 

 

A Sinister Plot

 

Nehemiah 6: 1-19

Today, the adversaries return to perpetrate their evil works against Nehemiah. When Sanballat and Tobiah, and Geshem heard that he had built the wall and that there were no breaches in it, they sent to Nehemiah to meet with him for a discussion, but they were planning to do him mischief.

Nehemiah sent back messengers to these men telling them that he was doing a great work, and he could not come down so that the work didn’t cease. They however kept messengers to him, with Sanballat sending a fifth messenger to Nehemiah with a threat letter. The letter claimed that Nehemiah, along with the Jews, were planning a rebellion by building the walls, and later on would make Nehemiah their king. The letter also claimed that Nehemiah had appointed himself prophets to declare him as king in Judah, so they asked him to come meet them to discuss all these together before they reported him to the king. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Nehemiah had diligently loved and served his people. He replied to Sanballat that all his accusations were his own imaginations, and attempts to weaken the hands of the people from the work to be done.

Interestingly, Sanballat still went ahead to hire false prophets in Shemaiah and Noadiah (a prophetess) to prophesy against Nehemiah to put him in fear. Shemaiah suggested he ran to the temple to hide away from the enemies, if the leader ran into hiding, what would the followers think and do?

Against all these odds, the work of the wall building was completed. When the enemies all around heard this they were cast down in their hearts, for they perceived that the work was wrought by God.

No matter what the opposition is, God could help us to achieve the objective set before us. We need to remain focussed, trust him, and not allow fear and distractions to come in the way of his plans and purposes.

Some verses to remember

15-16: So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty and two days. And it came to pass, that when all our enemies heard thereof, and all the heathen that were about us saw these things, they were much cast down in their own eyes: for they perceived that this work was wrought of our God.

 

Nehemiah Goes to Jerusalem

Neh 2:1-20

We read of Nehemiah‘s prayer yesterday after heard of the situation in Judah. Today, he received favour in sight of the king while doing his service. The king noticed that his countenance was sad and asked him why, to which Nehemiah responded, sighting the situation in Jerusalem as the reason for his sadness. The king then granted him permission to go and build the walls, and even gave him letters to authorize support for him from the nearby governors.

Nehemiah then travelled down to Jerusalem, and spoke with the people, charging them to get ready to build the walls. This was not without opposition, as we have already read of three men who made mockery of Nehemiah’s intentions to rebuild.  Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem laughed Nehemiah to scorn and despised him when they heard of the project, saying,  “what were you trying to do, would you rebel against the king?” Nehemiah, strengthened the people, and responded to the detractors, that God would prosper his people, and that they would rise and build, with Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem not having any part with God’s people.

How did they progress? What opposition did they face? How did they overcome? We will soon see as we continue with this history book.

Some verses to remember

vs 20:  Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build: but ye have no portion, nor right, nor memorial, in Jerusalem.

The Kingdom Divided – Rehoboam vs Jeroboam

1 Kgs 12:1-33

Rehoboam took over as king in place of Solomon his father. His first major act was to decide on how his servants would be handled in terms of their working conditions.  Led by Jeroboam, they pleaded for a lighter yoke and promised to serve him if he did make their yoke easier. He told them to return in three days for a response.

Rehoboam  then sought counsel from the old men who served his father. They rightly advised him to listen to the people. He also the went to seek counsel from his younger colleagues, who told him to make the people’s work harder. Rehoboam then for no wise reason forsook the advice of the old men and went with the counsel of his young colleagues to a disastrous conclusion. Where do you get your counsel from? Who are you listening to?

The people withdrew their support for David and his house, as each man in Israel departed to his own tent, and left only Judah to Rehoboam. All these were as God had foretold because of the idolatry sins of Solomon. Israel (aside Judah), then made Jeroboam their king.Rehoboam attempted to win the kingdom back through war, but was warned by God through Shemaiah not to, for the division of the kingdom was from God, so the war was called off.

Jeroboam, now ruling as king over Israel then thought to himself that with the people still going to Jerusalem to sacrifice to God, their hearts might be drawn back to God and to Rehoboam. So, he made two calves of Gold, placed one in Bethel and another in Dan, and caused the people to sin by worshipping these idols.

With the kingdom now divided, and Jeroboam leading Israel into idolatry, what happens next? The study continues…….stay tuned!

 

Some verses to remember

vs 8:  But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him.

vs 16: So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents.

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