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