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Summary: As Jerusalem's wall is dedicated, four critical points are shown to us: Each person is valuable to God; Everything done for His kingdom is remembered; Spiritual growth requires time to pass, and for people to be led; God should always be praised.

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Dedicating the Wall

Nehemiah 11:1 - 12:43

Introduction

- Nehemiah is a great study of leadership; shows faithful obedience to God

- Last week we discussed the pledge that all citizens took

-- It was a pledge of faithfulness to God, and to one another

-- “We will not neglect the house of our God”

- Once the wall was built …

∆ WALL SLIDE

- Nehemiah knew that the only sustainability they would have is a population

-- A population that not only honors God; but is able to sustain itself

- Note: We will move through a lot of scripture today, hang with me

- Pray

∆ Point 1 – Repopulation of Jerusalem

- Read Nehemiah 11:1-2

- Jerusalem needed to have citizens come and reside there for several reasons

-- Sustainability, protection, and to provide a thriving economy for example

-- Without people, a city has no hope of ever flourishing past 1 generation

- There were already an adequate number of ruling class in Jerusalem

-- APP: There were plenty of leaders, but not enough people to be lead

-- Jerusalem would’ve naturally drawn leaders since it offered prosperity

-- EX: Nehemiah 5:17 already told us there were 150 that ate with Nehemiah

- So now, they needed a general population to sustain the city

-- Their belief was always around fact God decided all life and luck didn’t exist

-- Therefore, casting lots was acceptable in determining God’s will

- Family representatives were grouped in small groups of 10

-- Those lots determined that one out of every 10 group would move

-- IMP: No families were separated for this; family of “x” would all move

-- Those who were selected moved their family to Jerusalem

- And due to this, the people were commended (v2) for volunteering

-- They were more “voluntold” – but nevertheless cheered for doing so

-- It was believed they were following God’s will, and this was a good thing

- If you notice, each person is listed specifically … (often done in OT)

-- Why? They are special to God, and God never forgets them (or us)

- TRANS: From here, Nehemiah begins to lists all those who relocated

-- Some of these were Israelites, priests, Levites – coming together for the city

∆ Point 2 – Outside Jerusalem

- Read Nehemiah 11:25-30

- At this time, Jerusalem was still under the domination of Persia

-- When Nehemiah scans the horizon, he sees the potential of these people also

-- This gives great hope to fulfilling God’s promise to bring His people in

- These towns all represent people that Nehemiah knew could be beneficial

-- Also, by being considered outliers presented Jerusalem with added security

-- EX: If you want to protect MGM from the North, Prattville is needed

- IMP: Additionally, the list represents something critical to the Jews

-- It shows them their inheritance, and reminds them of God’s promises

-- The temple was restored, the walls were rebuilt, and the law was affirmed

-- And now, the people were settling into their ancestral towns

- TRANS: Also of importance are those who will lead in religious positions


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