• William T. Howe Ph.D.

May 24, 2021

Daily Reading: Nehemiah 1-3

Nehemiah 1:1

The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,

Nehemiah is the second in a three-part volume of books (Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther) concerning events surrounding the Jews return to Jerusalem. Nehemiah stands as a citadel of leadership training. The man Nehemiah is an excellent representation of the coming Savior Jesus Christ. Consider some ways in which these two are similar.

Both left their previous office.

Both appeared when no one expected them.

Both performed the work they were appointed to complete.

Both had a set time of ministry.

Both had written authority to do that which they were to do.

Both carried out their work in the face of adversaries, difficulties, and hardships.

Both prayed.

Both displayed many great leadership skills.

The man, Nehemiah was not a priest or prophet, he was a businessman (so to speak), he was the King's cupbearer, but he left that position for a higher calling and purpose. He was sent to Jerusalem in 444 B.C., Ezra, the priest, had already been there for 13 years. These two men, Ezra and Nehemiah, demonstrate to all the benefit of working together. Ezra being the religious leader, Nehemiah being the secular leader. It's interesting to note that it was about 100 years after Cyrus' decree to return (536B.C.), when these two men burst on the scene. Truly "Everything rises and falls on leadership." God sent the right men at the right time to accomplish the rebuilding of Jerusalem and the Temple.

Nehemiah's main goal was to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem. This wall was literal in that day, but it is spiritual in our day. Walls are for protection. The wise believer in Jesus Christ will construct well defined walls around their lives even today. The walls around Jerusalem had ten gates; each one was named, and each gate typifies some aspect of the Christian life.

  1. The Sheep Gate - Salvation

  2. The Fish Gate - Soulwinning

  3. The Old Gate - Human Nature

  4. The Valley Gate - Suffering & Temptation

  5. The Dung Gate - Sinful Works of the Flesh

  6. The Fountain Gate - The Holy Spirit

  7. The Water Gate - Word of God

  8. The Horse Gate - Spiritual Warfare

  9. The East Gate - Return of Christ

  10. The Miphkad Gate - Judgment

In Chapter 1 and verse 10 of this book a wonderful, tremendous, and comforting statement is made. It was made to God by Nehemiah during one of his prayers. This is the statement...thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and thy strong hand. Hallelujah! Reminds me of that which He did for me! How about you?

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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