- The city of Jerusalem was
settled by leaders of the people that volunteered to live there as well as
through the casting of lots. One out of every 10 people from Benjamin and
Judah were chosen in this way to resettle in Jerusalem while the others
remained in the surrounding villages. Those that volunteered to settle in
Jerusalem were commended by all of the people.
- The resettlement of
Jerusalem required a variety of different types of people with those that
took part in Temple worship receiving special mention. For the body of
Christ to function in the way that the Lord intends it to function; it is
necessary for everyone to do their part. There is no ‘spiritual’ and no ‘mundane’
in Kingdom service. We truly need each other and every gift and service
that one another has to offer.
- Nehemiah had come a long
way since he first appeared downcast before the King! The celebration at
the dedications of the wall and the Temple must have truly been amazing.
This is a reminder that the great celebrations and accomplishments in life
start out with solitary decisions that are often accompanied by great
internal anguish. It is through faithfulness in the moments of solitude
that we gain the right to public victories.
- Judah needed both
spiritual and administrative leadership. The same is true of the church
today. A strong preaching and teaching ministry will not be effective
without strong administrative leadership. More often than not these gifts
will need to come from different people. The pastor that is a gifted
administrator may need to have a greater variety of guest speakers and
special meetings with outside speakers whereas the pastor with a gifted
pulpit ministry will need administrators to come alongside of him to help
steer the ship.
- In Nehemiah’s absence
things began to rapidly disintegrate. A foreigner had taken up residence
in the Temple. The people had began to engage in commerce on the Sabbath. The
Levites were no longer receiving their proper portion. The tithe was no
longer being gathered with the consistency that is deserved. Intermarriage
with foreigners had resumed all over again to the point where the
grandsons of the high priest was married to the daughter of Sanballat the
Horonite that had tried to stop the rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem! When Nehemiah’s away the people of Judah
will play! You can never be lax in leadership because the enemy will
always try to get the people to revert to the ways of the flesh.
- We must constantly be on our guard against the ways of the enemy. Even in the midst of revival and times of tremendous celebration the enemy is still at work. As soon as the music dies down we will be quick to revert to our old ways if we do not remain extremely diligent.