Do Your Appointed Part Neh. 7:1-8 HCSB Feb. 1, 2015
Do you think it is beneficial for the establishment of a City to be organized around a strong belief about God? Is it important that the leaders strongly believe and follow God? Do the men who are chosen to lead have a known reputation as believers and followers of God? If so, you can be confident about the future of your town. When the wall of Jerusalem and the gates were installed these kinds of men were chosen as leaders. And they were expected to do their part.
1. Do Your Appointed Part As The City Is . . Rebuilt. 7:1-2
A. Rebuild At The Direction and . . Guidance of Nehemiah. 7:1
1 When the wall had been rebuilt and I had the doors installed, the gatekeepers, singers, and Levites
B. Rebuild At The Direction and . . Godly Influence of Nehemiah’s Choices. 7:2
2 Then I put my brother Hanani in charge of Jerusalem, along with Hananiah, commander of the
fortress, because he was a faithful man who feared God more than most.
In my opinion it is very important for the leaders to have biblical convictions and attract people around them who have similar beliefs. Nehemiah was a godly man and attracted other such men with like beliefs to be around him. Note our text tells us the man Hananiah. “was a faithful man who feared God more than most.”
Our godly man Nehemiah made appointments of several and wanted them to be like him in their beliefs. He gave a significant appointment to his brother. It is nice to be able to do that especially when you know about your brother’s character. We have had many leaders who did not appoint people of godly character. Some did everything they could to avoid the truth. Some make choices of ungodly people and suffer because of it.
2. Do Your Appointed Part As The City’s People are . . Registered. 7:3-6
A. Registered Even Though They Were . . Few. 7:3-4
3 I said to them, "Do not open the gates of Jerusalem until the sun is hot, and let the doors be shut and securely fastened while the guards are on duty. Station the citizens of Jerusalem as guards, some at their posts and some at their homes."
4 The city was large and spacious, but there were few people in it, and no houses had been built yet.
B. Registered As the Genealogy Is . . Found. 7:5-6
5 Then my God put it into my mind to assemble the nobles, the officials, and the people to be registered by genealogy. I found the genealogical record of those who came back first, and I found the following written in it:
6 These are the people of the province who went up from among the captive exiles deported by King
Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. Each of them returned to his own town in Jerusalem and Judah.
The need to get the people of Jerusalem registered was placed in Nehemiah’s mind by the Lord. Therefore it was definitely a good idea. The idea was helped along as Nehemiah found a genealogical list.
Several suggests this was in the Ark which is a logical place for it. The decedents returned to their previous town. The thought that there were only a few people returning was strengthened by the list. The people returning grew but verse 7:66 tells us there were 42,360. Today it is probably near 800,000. To know who is there and where they are is beneficial for tax purposes and for the need of solders. Men who have fought in the past may be needed in the future. Where spiritual men and women were located could be very important also.
3. Do Your Appointed Part As Your Family Is . . Recognized. 7:7-8
A. Recognized with the . . Leaders who led Families Back to Jerusalem. 7:7
7 They came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan,
Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, and Baanah.
B. Recognized with the . . Linage of your Family In Jerusalem. 7:8
8 Parosh's descendants2,172 (HCSB)
Who led the early families back into Jerusalem and the surrounding area? We have severals name in the next several verses. The next sixty or so verses finally give us a total of the people who returned first. As people were known in their family groups many qualities would also be known that would help men like Nehemiah. When people are willing to work their talents are discovered and noted for future use. These people were expected to Do Your Appointed Part among all the people. Amen? Amen!