In todays blog post i share twelve leadership principles from the book of nehemiah. Let us drink deeply from it, and may god use us to be the answer to this leadership crisis in our communities and ultimately in our world today. Nehemiah 1 kjv the words of nehemiah the son of bible gateway. It is about the return from exile and the rebuilding of jerusalem opening. Taking the life and leadership of nehemiah, dave kraft gleans twelve principles and infuses them with his insights and experiences from fortyeight years of pastoral leadership. This summary of the book of nehemiah provides information about the title, authors, date of writing, chronology, theme, theology, outline, a brief overview, and the chapters of the book of nehemiah. It also provides an example of the use of effective means in leadership. The book of nehemiah is found in the old testament between ezra and esther, a book of thirteen chapters, and filled with practical help for us.
Please contact the publisher to obtain copies of this resource. I encourage you to read it again or for the first time, and you will be blessed to see how this man of god, nehemiah, tackled what looked like an impossible task, rebuilding the walls of jerusalem, and. The book of nehemiah was named after the central character of the book, a cupbearer for king artaxerxes who ruled in babylon between 444432 bc. He was a highranking official in the persian kings court. Nehemiahs distress for the misery of jerusalem, his prayer. Leadership principles from nehemiah christian working woman.
Nehemiah was a man who had vision for gods will, and he moved on the vision. Visionaries have the ability to see what others do not see. Whether from death, illness, miscarriage, rejection, bankruptcy, or estrangement, we can all relate to loss. The books of ezra and nehemiah are the key literary sources for the period of the restoration, the formation of the jewish religious community after the babylonian captivity. Four leadership lessons from nehemiah verge network. Day after day, from the first day to the last, ezra read from the book of the law of god. The principle objective of the book was to describe the circumstances surrounding the rebuilding and dedication of the wall around jerusalem. Book of nehemiah kjv listen audio bible online bible study tools. Before that date, it had been included in the book of ezra. The book of nehemiah is a book of the hebrew bible, thought to be a continuation of the book of ezra, and is sometimes called the second book of ezra.
When we become better leaders, we become betterat everything. Book of nehemiah simple english wikipedia, the free. The 4 cs of nehemiahs leadership leadership lesson. Godly leaders have a clear vision of gods purpose and plan nehemiah 2. The book of nehemiah is designed to teach us that only with gods help can we actually change ourselves and recover from the damage and ruin of the past. In fact, i have discovered in the book of nehemiah seven principles of leadership that apply to you. And it came to pass in the month chisleu, in the twentieth year, as i was in. Nehemiah was called by god to rebuild the broken walls of jerusalem. In an individuals life the rebuilding of the walls is a picture of reestablishing the strength of that life. The prophets haggai and zechariah also played important roles in encouraging the people of judah and their leaders zerubbabel, the governor of judah, and the high priest joshua to return to their homeland and. Other articles where book of nehemiah is discussed. The book of nehemiah teaches core principles for restoration no matter what.
The book of nehemiah is a tremendous narrative on godly leadership. To better understand the context of this book that bears his name, it is. He understood that a true vision must come from god. This post will explain the primary message of the book of nehemiah. Through nehemiah s vision, israel was reestablished in the land of promise, following the babylonian captivity.
Red rocks baptist church 14711 west morrison road morrison, co 80465. Nehemiah went to jerusalem to rebuild the wall in the 20th year of king artaxerxes 444 b. He heard of the destruction of the wall in jerusalem and became overwhelmed with grief for the disgrace of god and his countrymen. The final books of the hebrew bible are the books of chronicles and ezranehemiah, which once formed a unitary history of israel from adam to the 4th century bce, written by an anonymous chronicler. Nehemiah was a man of character who loved and feared god. Because the book of nehemiah in the old testament is all about leadership. The pentateuch, the name by which the first five books of thebible are designated, is derived from two greek words, pente, five, andteuchos, a volume, thus signifying the fivefold volume. The other seven chapters of the book are occupied with some details of nehemiahs government of the people after the completion of the walls. The book of nehemiah in the bible is seen as one of the great texts on leadership and management. The book of nehemiah kjv audio bible full by alexander.
The book of nehemiah connects the closing of the old testament period with the new testament period of messiah, jesus christ. In recent years many books have been written about leadership using the book of nehemiah as a source to develop leadership principles. Invite students as they study the book of nehemiah to look for principles that will help. Nehemiahs example offers principles you can apply immediately to your sphere of influence. At the end of his leave of absence from the king he came back to babylon, and after certain days he came again to jerusalem nehemiah 2. If you are a hungry, passionate kingdom leader, this book is for you. This article is also available and sold as a booklet. A second group arrived later, led by ezra the scribe, but the walls that should have protected the inhabitants still lay in ruin. While nehemiah was the leader who first articulated the vision, the people confirmed the vision and committed themselves to the task. Lessons from the life of nehemiah ii kings 17 background i.
But his story is not only about building the physical walls of jerusalem for physical protection, it is also a story of building spiritual walls around the people with the word of god and thus building up the people as well. The book of nehemiah was likely written between 445 and 420 b. It was a time of extreme hardship, shame and ridicule for the jewish people their homes were plundered and they were carried away by the babylonians. That these books constituted a single workreferred to. Nehemiah led the jews in rebuilding the walls surrounding jerusalem. Sometime later, nehemiah requested and received a second leave of absence. This summary of the book of nehemiah provides information about the title, authors, date of writing, chronology, theme. Introduction to the pentateuch and historical books by robert jamieson. Maxwell said this about nehemiah, the man saw a need, rose up, captured a vision, laid a plan, and mobilized others to join him in his. Originallythese books formed one continuous work, as in the hebrew manuscripts they are. Nehemiah is one of my favorite character studies and was an exceptional leader.
Nehemiah was always asking god to provide a vision for him. He was a person who understood that his life belonged to. Jethro principles fortunately some motivated and wonderful campus crusade staff perhaps named jethro read through the vast library of material on leadership, looking to glean principles common to leaders and useful for situations of leadership. Nehemiah is viewed as one of the great leaders and managers of the old testament. Nehemiah was a type of a master builder apostle 1 cor. The god centered leadership principles from the life of nehemiah,one of the greatest leaders of all time. As with the books of ezra and esther, named after his contemporaries see introductions to ezra and esther, the book. As a christian, you are an influencer for christ, an ambassador for the lord, and a changeagent for the gospel of gods grace.
Godly leaders have a genuine love for his people nehemiah 5. And it came to pass in the month chisleu, in the twentieth year, as i was. We will be exploring the following five principles of christian leadership gleaned from the life of nehemiah. The result is a book that combines biblical faithfulness with practical wisdom. Nehemiah leadership principles linkedin slideshare. The book of nehemiah is an outstanding book that depicts going from a compelling vision to its activation and implementation. They celebrated the feast for seven days, and on the eighth day, in accordance with the regulation, there was an assembly. The deportation of northern israel and the settlement of samaria for the next several weeks we will be examining the life of nehemiah, from the book of nehemiah. Nehemiah was prayerful and always sought gods wisdom. Nehemiah was a jewish biblical figure who appeared in the historical events in israel during the jewish exile 587538 modern secular dating. For our last old testament leader, we will look at nehemiah. The book of nehemiah teaches core principles for restoration no matter what kind of loss we might have experienced as christians. Nehemiah introduction commentary commentary critical. Here are twelve brief leadership principles from the book of nehemiah.
Nehemiah chapter 5 the qualities of leadership some young lads are crossing the cornish moors late at night after an evening of sampling the local beer. Others may say nehemiah is a book that encourages christians of all gender and race to perform their god given duties no matter the consequences. The book of nehemiah has been, since the 16th century, a separate book of the hebrew bible. Nehemiah was a person of prayer who risked his life of power, privilege and lux ury to bring stability, reform and spiritual awakening to the people of jerusalem. Nehemiah is regarded as the wall builder in jerusalem, and this is the theme that resonates in the book. Nehemiah is one of my favorite character studies and was an exceptional. They come across one of the many sink holes in the area and one of the lads suggests they throw a rock in to hear how deep the hole is from the consequent splash. When god gives a command let us do all within our power to. He lived around 400 bc, so this was one of the last books of the old testament.
The book of nehemiah is about the restoration of the physical and spiritual life of the nation of judah in jerusalem. From the first chapter to the last chapter, we see how faithfully nehemiah prayed before making any decision. The temple was rebuilt, but jerusalem as a whole was still in ruins. Nehemiah jehovah comforts is a famous cupbearer, who never appears in scripture outside of this book.1193 1475 955 1060 1452 282 317 107 1334 1581 43 313 1273 1259 669 998 995 1164 238 1354 265 870 1129 784 16 22 1178 860 232 127 30 675 229 1052 174 1015 70 1429 559