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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

January 17, 2023

The Bible Edge

Everyone needs an Edge, Believers can have the Bible Edge

Nehemiah 3:5

And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord.

“You cannot sail on yesterday’s wind.” This old saying is a nautical truth. In the days of sailing ships every sailor knew that it was true “you cannot sail on yesterday’s wind.” It may have been a good breeze, blowing in the perfect direction at a fine clip, but that was yesterday. Today is a new day, the wind of today must be used for that is all a sailor has.

The same is true in business. Yesterday’s success will not guarantee success today. The reputation earned through hard honest work years ago, has to be earned again today. In the day and age in which today’s Bible verse is referencing, Israel had a difficult job to do. That job? Rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem. It was around 444 B.C during a time commonly called “the Restoration.” The Hebrews were released from the Babylonian captivity over 100 years earlier, yet Jerusalem had yet to be rebuilt. Nehemiah, with a commission from King Artaxerxes, spearheaded the beginning of the rebuilding of the City of David (Jerusalem).

While rebuilding the wall around that city there was much opposition. This could be understood, but in at least one instance the hindrance of the work was not from enemies outside, it was from some “nobles” inside. The nobles of the Tekoites did not put their necks to the work. The rank-and-file members of this tribe did their part, but the nobles did not. This slowed the work and probably caused bitterness and resentment among the ranks. In that time of history, a man became a “noble” usually through some great feat of bravery, skill, or thought. They became noble through work, but now, as a noble, they did not do the work needed at the time.

“Nobles” can either be a great attribute to an organization or a great detriment. Oftentimes businesses, churches, and governments are hindered because their nobles cease to do their work. Yes, the nobles are important, vitally important, to the overall production and success of any organization. But they must constantly remind themselves “You cannot sail on yesterday’s wind.” Today is the day to do the work needed to get the job done, just like it was on day one of your career. Keep this mindset and the failing of the nobles of the Tekoites will not be yours.

Today’s Bible edge… do today that which made you a noble yesterday.

William Howe, Ph.D.

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