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Nehemiah Overall


The Qualities of a Leader, Nehemiah


1 The Earnestness of his Devotion (Neh. 1:4~5)

  He prayed to his God and petitioned his king


2 His Enthusiasm for the Work of God (Neh. 1:4; 2:10, 19~20)

  Commissioned by the king (2:6)

  Chided by the enemy (2:19)

  Constrained by his God (2:20)


3 His Enterprise in every direction (Neh. 1:5~11; 2:4~5, 12; 4:13~18)

  Examining the city’s environs while others slept

  Enrolling all willing Jews in the work

  Equipping his workers for defense against their enemies

  Examining grievances and investigating claims


4 His Energy in the right direction (Neh. 2:20; 4, 6)


5 His Endurance in spite of opposition and difficulties (Neh. 4:21~23; 6:6)


The Word Comprised (Chs. 1~13)


The Word comprised—

  the Construction of Walls and Gates (Chapters 1~7)

  the Consecration of the people (Chapters 8~10)

  and the Consolidation of achievements (Chapter 11~13)


Building Walls—for Separation unto the Lord

Repairing Gates—for Communion with the Lord


The Work was—

  1 A Good Work—Good in Origin, Objective and Operation (2:18)

  2 A Great Work—Extensive in character and compass (4:19)

  3 A Grand Work—having Priority over everything else (6:3)

  4 God’s Work—for God was its Director and Dynamic (3:5; 6:16)


Principles of Service (Neh.2:18~20; 4:17~18)


(1) Principle of Selection──Excludes all who have no portion, right or memorial in God’s city (2:20)


(2) Principle of Specialization──every man to his work (4:15)


(3) Principle of Priority──Home claims come first (3:10, 23, 28, 30)


(4) Principle of Thoroughness──Earnestly and thoroughly repairing damage (3:20)


(5) Principle of Dependence──on God’s power (4:9; 6:9)



“I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down.”


– To be a faithful and alert people that will never compromise

經文:尼希米記第四,六章 / Nehemiah Ch 4 & 6


      Sensitive to the schemes of the enemy


         The continuance and seriousness of the battles

         2.我們並非不曉得牠的詭計 (林後2:11)

         “. For we are not unaware of his schemes” (II Cor. 2:11)


         Leaves no ground for Satan   

         1.務要抵擋魔鬼,魔鬼就必離開你們逃跑了 (4:7)

         Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

         2.仇敵聽見我們知道他們的心意、見 神也破壞他們的計謀、就不來了。”(4:15)

         When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it (then they no longer came), we all returned to the wall, each to his own work. (Neh 4:15)


         Faithful to the end, ever alert, and never compromise

         1.“以祿月二十五日城牆修完了、共修了五十二天。我們一切仇敵,四圍的外邦人聽見了便懼怕,愁眉不展,因為見這工作完成,是出乎我們的  ” (6:15-16)

         “So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. 16 When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.” (Neh 6:15-16)