In Nehemiah 6 I learned a great deal about how to handle opposition and, sadly, how very poorly equipped I am to do it!  God is slowly growing this child into his new identity and Nehemiah is an awesome example of someone who I find myself longing to model after.  For now, acknowledging that I am Jerusalem, and greatly in need of repair, is where he has me though…

Chapters Thus Far:

1 – Nehemiah broken when learns of state of Jerusalem; because he loves God and hurts to see the state of His people and desires to see His promise fulfilled.

2: 1-10 – Nehemiah desires to bring God glory so much he abandons his Persian palace and heads out to do work in Jerusalem.

2:11-20 – We learn of the calling to Go and Rebuild.

3 – The Gates parallel the Christian life.  Ah-Mazing stuff…

4 – External Opposition : way in which the devil attacks

5:1-6 – Responding to Anger Part 1 – wrong doing is inevitable; think before you speak.

6: proper handling of opposition of comes with a attributes I do not have!

Chapter 6 closes the first section of Nehemiah, with the wall being completed, and as we move into chapter 7 we are no longer focused on physical repairs, but spiritual ones that come from understanding roles, responsibility, workflows and authority (RRWA).

The first RRWA is establishing the routine, the system, from which they will now live which includes:

  • Gatekeepers
  • Singers
  • Levites
  • Government

After the wall was finished and I had set up the doors in the gates, the gatekeepers, singers, and Levites were appointed. I gave the responsibility of governing Jerusalem to my brother Hanani, along with Hananiah, the commander of the fortress, for he was a faithful man who feared God more than most. I said to them, “Do not leave the gates open during the hottest part of the day.[a] And even while the gatekeepers are on duty, have them shut and bar the doors. Appoint the residents of Jerusalem to act as guards, everyone on a regular watch. Some will serve at sentry posts and some in front of their own homes.”

Gatekeepers and Government may make obvious sense to any casual reader (like myself), but Singers and Levites?

Revealing my spiritual immaturity, this is (perhaps) the first time I have truly considered how important singing (worshipping God) is to core infrastructure of the system we adopt to honor Him.  Music has always been tethered to the worship experience but I have never elevated to its proper place – an equal part of the entire system, a crucial leg from which the platform stands.

Why separate the Levites?  Well, this guy talks about their awesomeness and they have always been the chosen tribe for temple work as priests.

Continuing into chapter 7, Nehemiah decides God puts on Nehemiah’s heart (v5) to :

assemble the nobles, the officials and the people to be enrolled by genealogies.

which (essentially) the rest of the chapter lays out, a roll call to re-order the people back into their proper tribe, uniting them once again with where they came from.

Where do you come from?  What is your tribe?

Let’s fast forward to 1 Peter:

2:As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ…9 …you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

In Nehemiah roll call meant returning to your original blood line tribe.  Today, in Jesus, our chosenness puts us into the tribe of Jesus, by His blood we are now His people.

Which tribe will we be placed in?  There is but one.


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Logan Ramirez

Native San Antonian Logan Seth Ramirez, graduated from Trinity University with a degree in Computer Science , does analytics professionally, and founded San Antonio based Web Design & Hosting company Orange Pulley, LLC. His creative outlets are music and web design and laughing at his favorite Spanish word, cacahuates. Come find me on Google+

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