Bible Studies for Life
August 19 2018
Nehemiah 6:1-3 15-16; 8:1-3 5-8 (HCSB)
Politicians all over the world love to use Christian language in their speeches. Here is an example: “In this hour I would ask the Lord God only this: that He would give His blessing to our work and that He may ever give us the courage to do the right. I am convinced that men who are created by God should live in accordance with the will of the Almighty. No man can fashion world history unless upon his purpose and his powers there rests the blessings of this Providence.” It sounds like someone who has the right priorities. Can you guess who said it? Keep thinking about it.
Nehemiah was a leader who made the work and the Word of the Lord a priority. He led the people to complete the walls. All that was left were the gates and the building up of the community. Sanballat and Geshem attempted to get Nehemiah to meet them halfway between Jerusalem and Samaria. Nehemiah knew it was a ploy to do him harm. His response reveals his priorities “I am doing a great work and cannot come down” (Neh. 6:3).
After 52 days the wall was completed. Now the focus was on the building up of the community within the walls. The people met before the Water Gate and asked Ezra the scribe to bring the Law. It is apparent that Nehemiah and Ezra had been preparing for this moment.
The people listened intently as Ezra read the Law from daybreak to noon (Neh. 8:3). The people then worshipped the Lord.
Ezra’s attendants explained the Law and helped them understand what was read (Neh. 8:7-8). There was a priority on the work and the Word of the Lord.
The quote above is from Adolf Hitler former Chancellor of Germany in 1937. Nehemiah was not a leader who just talked; he lived what he said. He placed a priority on the work of God and the Word of God.
God’s work and Word should be a priority and lived out in every Christian life.