Nehemiah, the book about building. Where Ezra dealt with the rebuilding of the temple and spirituality of the people, Nehemiah deals with the rebuilding of the city (mainly the walls) and the nationality of the people. Nehemiah is a wonderful example of a leader, and many have used his practical style of leadership as training points.
The name Nehemiah means, comforted by God. Nehemiah was the kings cupbearer, a very high and well respected position. He was a leader and a businessman, but cared deeply for Israel and Jerusalem. Nehemiah’s work would help fulfill prophesies by Zechariah and Daniel.
The 13 chapters of the book can be divided into three sections:
1. The Return and Construction of the Wall – Chapters 1-7
2. The Consecration of the people to God and national revival – Chapters 8-10
3. Confirmation of the covenant and correction of God’s people – Chapters 11-13
This book is beloved by many, and hailed as one of the greatest historical books in all the Bible. Many people know the first 7 chapters well, but I have come to love the back 6 almost more! They are packed with revival and rebuke, and the lessons to be learned are numerous.
This is an exciting read, and is a great high point in the history of Israel.