Nehemiah
Part 2, The Man
Nehemiah
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486-464 BCE Ahasuerus was King of Persia
Greek name was Xerxes, husband of Esther
Esther would be stepmother to Artaxerxes I
Perhaps influential in helping Nehemiah
become cupbearer to the King
• Nehemiah is named as a book, was a
cupbearer, governor, and leader
• What kind of man would he have been?
What Kind of Man was Nehemiah
1. He was a trustworthy worker
2. He was ever prayerful
3. And loyal to his brethren
What Kind of Man was Nehemiah
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He was a trustworthy worker
He was ever prayerful
And loyal to his brethren
He set great store by knowledge
Nehemiah was
knowledgeable of God’s
word and stood for it.
Nehemiah 1:9
…if you return to me and keep my commandments
and do them, though your outcasts are in the
uttermost parts of heaven, from there I will
gather them and bring them to the place that I
have chosen, to make my name dwell there.’
Knew about restoration promises
Nehemiah 5:9
So I said, “The thing that you are doing is not
good. Ought you not to walk in the fear of our
God to prevent the taunts of the nations our
enemies? 10 Moreover, I and my brothers and
my servants are lending them money and grain.
Let us abandon this exacting of interest
Knew about usury
Nehemiah 7:64-65
64 These sought their registration among those
enrolled in the genealogies, but it was not found
there, so they were excluded from the
priesthood as unclean. 65 The governor told
them that they were not to partake of the most
holy food until a priest with Urim and
Thummim should arise.
Knew about lineage
Nehemiah 13:7-8
I asked leave of the king 7 and came to Jerusalem,
and I then discovered the evil that Eliashib had
done for Tobiah, preparing for him a chamber in
the courts of the house of God. 8 And I was very
angry, and I threw all the household furniture of
Tobiah out of the chamber.
Knew about Gentiles in the Temple
Nehemiah 13:10-11
10 I also found out that the portions of the Levites
had not been given to them, so that the Levites
and the singers, who did the work, had fled each
to his field. 11 So I confronted the officials and
said, “Why is the house of God forsaken?” And I
gathered them together and set them in their
stations.
Knew about tithing
Nehemiah 13:15-17
15 In those days I saw in Judah people treading
winepresses on the Sabbath, and bringing in heaps of
grain and loading them on donkeys, and also wine,
grapes, figs, and all kinds of loads, which they brought
into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. And I warned them
on the day when they sold food. 16 Tyrians also, who
lived in the city, brought in fish and all kinds of goods
and sold them on the Sabbath to the people of Judah, in
Jerusalem itself! 17 Then I confronted the nobles of
Judah and said to them, “What is this evil thing that you
are doing, profaning the Sabbath day?
Knew about the Sabbath
Nehemiah 13:23-25
23 In those days also I saw the Jews who had married
women of Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. 24 And half of
their children spoke the language of Ashdod, and they
could not speak the language of Judah, but only the
language of each people. 25 And I confronted them and
cursed them and beat some of them and pulled out their
hair. And I made them take oath in the name of God,
saying, “You shall not give your daughters to their sons,
or take their daughters for your sons or for yourselves.
Knew about the danger in mixed marriages
Nehemiah 2:11-16
11 So I went to Jerusalem and was there three days.
12 Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me.
And I told no one what my God had put into my heart to
do for Jerusalem. There was no animal with me but the
one on which I rode. 13 I went out by night … and I
inspected the walls of Jerusalem that were broken down
and its gates that had been destroyed by fire. … 15 Then
I went up in the night by the valley and inspected the
wall, … and so returned. 16 And the officials did not
know where I had gone or what I was doing, and I had
not yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the
officials, and the rest who were to do the work.
Gained knowledge before he went to work set to work
Hosea 4:6
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
because you have rejected knowledge,
I reject you from being a priest to me.
and since you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.
Our God is a TEACHING God with “disciples”
What Kind of Man was Nehemiah
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He was a trustworthy worker
He was ever prayerful
And loyal to his brethren
He set great store by knowledge
Was personally active in the work
• No vision, he asked permission to go
• No work list or personal invitation
• Wasn’t nagged, persuaded, or procrastinating
Luke 14: 18, 24
7 And at the time for the banquet he sent his
servant to say to those who had been invited,
‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ 18 But they
all alike began to make excuses...
24 For I tell you, none of those men who were
invited shall taste my banquet.
Visiting, encouraging, inviting, work lists, etc…..
What Kind of Man was Nehemiah
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He was a trustworthy worker
He was ever prayerful
And loyal to his brethren
He set great store by knowledge
Was personally active in the work
He was conscious of his example
In ALL his works he was conscious
of his example
• Food allowance a
burden? He
wouldn’t take it
What was the result
of his good example?
The people listened to
him!
• Did not buy land,
busied
self/servants
with the work
• Fed others at own
expense
• Lent money & grain
without interest
Nehemiah 2:18
18 And I told them of the hand of my God that had
been upon me for good, and also of the words
that the king had spoken to me. And they said,
“Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened
their hands for the good work.
To work
Nehemiah 4:14-15
14 And I looked and arose and said to the nobles
and to the officials and to the rest of the people,
“Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord,
who is great and awesome, and fight for your
brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives,
and your homes.” 15 When our enemies heard
that it was known to us and that God had
frustrated their plan, we all returned to the wall,
each to his work.
To put down fear
Nehemiah 5:7-13
7 …I brought charges against the nobles and the officials. I
said to them, “You are exacting interest, each from his
brother.” … 8 … They were silent and could not find a
word to say. 9 So I said, “The thing that you are doing is
not good. Ought you not to walk in the fear of our God to
prevent the taunts of … our enemies? 10 … Let us
abandon this exacting of interest. 11 Return to them this
very day their fields, their vineyards, their olive orchards,
and their houses, and the percentage of money, grain,
wine, and oil that you have been exacting from them.”
12 Then they said, “We will restore these and … We will
do as you say.”. … And all the assembly said “Amen” and
praised the Lord. And the people did as they had
promised.
To deal kindly with others
Nehemiah 13:23-25
23 In those days also I saw the Jews who had married
women of Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab. 24 And half of
their children spoke the language of Ashdod, and they
could not speak the language of Judah, but only the
language of each people. 25 And I confronted them and
cursed them and beat some of them and pulled out their
hair. And I made them take oath in the name of God,
saying, “You shall not give your daughters to their sons, or
take their daughters for your sons or for yourselves.
To cleanse themselves
1 Peter 2:12
12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles
honorable, so that when they speak against you
as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and
glorify God on the day of visitation.
Colossians 4:5
5 Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the
best use of the time.
We have an example to set toward outsiders
Matthew 18:6-7
6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who
believe in me to sin, it would be better for him
to have a great millstone fastened around his
neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
We have an example to set toward those tender in faith
Galatians 6:2
2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law
of Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
11 Therefore encourage one another and build one
another up, just as you are doing.
We have an example to set toward our brethren
Our example
says who we
are better than
our words.
Where are you,
in your
leadership for
the Master?
Traits of Great
Leadership
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A trustworthy worker
Ever prayerful
Loyal to brethren
Gaining knowledge
Personally active in
the work
6. Conscious of
example
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