Summary: Chapter 11 lists all those that won the lottery to go live in Jerusalem. Chapter 12 lists priests/Levites working in service to the church and preaching of the Word and ministering to the people. Chapter 13 Nehemiah focused on reforming the people to bring them back in line with God’s wills and help them to avoid being tempted away from worshiping the one and only God.
Nehemiah 13:14 “Remember me for this, O my God, and do not blot out what I have so faithfully done for the house of my God and its services.”
View of God: This verse reminds me of how I need to remember who it is that I am to please. Who I put my full trust and obedience in. That He is the one I answer to and He is the one I work for no matter the cost.
Change to me: This helps change my perspective on leading God’s way. It helps me understand that sometimes leadership can be difficult but necessary.
I’ll go forward with God trying my best to do everything as if I’m doing it for God (Colossians 3:23) Remembering not to be afraid of people and their opinions as long as I am following God’s instruction.
I see Jesus in how quickly and wholeheartedly Nehemiah carried out God’s commands.
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I am inspired by Nehemiah’s example. His conviction on intermarrying was outnumbered. He could have easily been intimidated by cultural norm and stayed silent. Instead, because he was focused on pleasing God, he pushed back against prevailing cultural standard. This makes me want to be bold in advocating for holiness among God’s people, even if it means rocking the boat.