1. He was a man of prayerThis was a normal part of life and living- he heard about jerusalem and prayed -1:4,6, 2:4, 4:4,9, 5:19, 6:14 etc.2. He was a man of courage6:11 But I said, “Should a man like merun away? Or should someone like mego into the temple to save his life? I willnot go!”Fearlessness is often inspiring for thepeople you lead.
3. He was a man of concern2:10 - shown in fasting, prayer andtears 1:4-61:6 shows his identification with hispeople,let your ear be attentive and your eyesopen to hear the prayer your servant ispraying before you day and night foryour servants, the people of Israel. Iconfess the sins we Israelites, includingmyself and my father’s family, havecommitted against you.
4. He was a man of foresightHe carefully planned his strategy -for example he realised oppositionwould arise so he got letters beforehe left for Jerusalem 2:85. He was a man of cautionHe took 3 days upon his arrival toassess the situation, even though hefelt the urgency of things - when hestarted work he did not announce itto everyone, and he set guards fromthe early days.
6. He was a man ofdecisivenessHe did not put off makingdecisions.He had no favourites - rebukingthe workers and officials in thesame way 5:77. He was a man of empathyHe listened to people - and thentook action depending upontheir grievance - 4:10-12,5:1-5
8. He was a man of realism - 4:9But we prayed to our God andposted a guard day and night tomeet this threat.He understood the need to knowthe world and to rely on God9. He was a man ofresponsibilityHe took responsibility - thenfollowed through on all aspects ofit whether easy or hard.
Realism in the arts was a 19th-century8. He was a man of realism - 4:9art movement that originated with aBut we prayed to our God andgroup of Paris-based artists whoseposted a guard day and night toindependent exhibitions brought themmeet this threat.to prominence during the 1870s andHe understood the need to know1880s in spite of harsh opposition fromthe world and to in France. Thethe art community rely on God nameof the style is man offrom the title of a9. He was a derivedClaude Monet work, Realism, soleilresponsibilitylevant (Realism, Sunrise),-whichHe took responsibility thenprovoked the critic Louis Leroy to coinfollowed through on all aspects ofthe term in a satiric review published init whether easy or hard.the Parisian newspaper Le Charivari.
10. He was a man of administrationCalm in a crisis, fearless initiator, decision makerand persevering leader, resolute against threats -people had confidence in him.
1. He raised moraleHe moved peoples focus awayfrom the impossible and onto thegreatness of God2:20 - The God of heaven willgive us success.”8:10 - This day is holy to ourLord. Do not grieve, for the joy ofthe LORD is your strength.
2. He built a culture offaithFaith builds faith -pessimism destroys faith.As a leader you have tobuild faith in people’shearts.
3. He rekindled hopeThe people were downcast whenNehemiah arrived - he told of thevision and provision of God in hislife - 2:18I also told them about the gracioushand of my God on me and whatthe king had said to me. Theyreplied, “Let us start rebuilding.”So they began this good work.
4. He exercised personaldisciplineNehemiah lived the life - he didn’tstop and correct the people butshowed them that his convictionwas deeply held and to be actedupon.In this he showed that problemscould be overcome by decisiveaction - e.g. The events of Neh4:10-16 and his follow through.
5. He corrected peopleNeh 5:1-15The poor brothers hadbeen taken advantage ofby their rich brothers -Nehemiah addressed this -he listened andsympathised - and thennegotiated a successfulresolution to the problem
6. He recovered the authorityof the WOGThe standard of God’s word wasvital - 8:1-8. In this he restoredworship and saw truerepentance come into peopleshearts and minds - 9:3-5,13:4-9 - tithing, sabbath restand forbidden marriage withnon-Israelites also returned.
7. He organized wellBefore starting he surveyed peopleand resources - it might seem to bepaper pushing and time consumingbut it undoubtedly helpedNehemiah to get the job done well.He established objectives and gavethem to key men - in all of this heopened up the potential of othersto be used.
8. Nehemiah demonstrates an allroundedness to being a man of God“he faced up to opposition without forcingviolent confrontation, took insults,innuendo, treachery, he walked throughwith much prayer and head held high.When possible he simply ignored hisadversaries - he took precautions butnever allowed people to deflect him fromhis task. He always kept faith in God.”
Nehemiah 6:15So the wall was completed onthe twenty-fifth of Elul, infifty-two days.
What do you most admireabout Nehemiah - how canyou use this to try toemulate him?What would you like toleave behind by the timeyour life is done?