Shephatiah

Nehemiah 7:9Nehemiah 7:9
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9 The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two.  

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The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two.

The root-verb (shapat) means to judge or govern. The name speaks of judgment, justice and government. Christ is our Governor, the righteous judge even as we have a destiny to reign with Him. Christ reigns in mercy, having paid the price for our iniquity and carried our sorrow … afflicted with the punishment that has earned us His peace. He is one with God and therefore the leader that has sacrificed Himself for those who He will lead and one day judge.

A good leader must be a just one … sensitive to fairness and interested in removing the pains and oppression of the vulnerable in society. Already, many corporations have social responsibility efforts that balance their thirst for gain with a more sustainable agenda of contribution to a society in need of many comforts. God’s children are His administrators, trained to demonstrate His compassion, fairness and equity in a society where “survival of the fittest” tends to be the mantra. May God help us to be instruments of His fairness, mercy, equity and peace.

Pro 2:6Pro 2:6
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6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.  

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For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. 7 He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. 8 He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. 9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path
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Verses for further meditation
Isaiah 11:4Isaiah 11:4
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4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. reprove: or, argue  

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; Psalm 99:4Psalm 99:4
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4 The king's strength also loveth judgment; thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob.  

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Thoughts for Business and the work place
Justice prevails over time in any good organisation. The Leader patiently may tolerate periods of ambiguity, but firmly believes that equity is nonnegotiable.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, teach us to understand righteousness, and judgment and equity …every good path. Amen

As Nehemiah’s wall was built,  so will we see a reconstruction in all that may appear in distress and in waste.  Nehemiah trusted and feared God, putting his faith in the Almighty whose strength is limitless to exceed all our expectations. Look out daily for Nehemiah’s Wall in 2015 and do invite friends to subscribe to the free email or social media posts.

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The Children of Parosh

Nehemiah 7:8Nehemiah 7:8
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8 The children of Parosh, two thousand an hundred seventy and two.  

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The children of Parosh, two thousand an hundred seventy and two.

Parosh means “a flea; the fruit of a moth” … small parasitic insects … it suggests smallness and insignificance and dependence on others. It suggests vulnerability. God gathers the vulnerable, small and dependent as well as the bold, large and strong. There is a mercy with God that avails like rain that falls on the righteous as well as the unrighteous. Be sensitive as a leader to the small and the insignificant, those who look like they have nothing to contribute …they are God’s children, that should be enough. Learn to be kind to the weak and patient with those who cannot stand like we want them to.

Do not ask weary people to stand …help them, some will need a shoulder to lean on and one can be tempted to throw them away. God numbers the children of Parosh as part of His congregation that He has brought to their land again from captivity. Is it not instructive that the weak are the first to be mentioned in this census, after the leaders? I sense that they are special to God, though weak and apparently of little value to God. Do not build a team that does not accommodate the handicapped.

Remember Mephibosheth and how David was gracious in leadership towards him.

2Sa_9:11 Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king’s sons.

Verses for further meditation
Job 4:3Job 4:3
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3 Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands.  

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; 2 Cor 12:102 Cor 12:10
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10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.  

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Thoughts for Business and the work place
Diversity in your team can be powerful in the sense that it accommodates a spectrum of capabilities and seeks out the disadvantaged for an opportunity to be blessed and used of God.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, teach us not to discount those you have not excluded from your blessing of restoration. Amen

As Nehemiah’s wall was built,  so will we see a reconstruction in all that may appear in distress and in waste.  Nehemiah trusted and feared God, putting his faith in the Almighty whose strength is limitless to exceed all our expectations. Look out daily for Nehemiah’s Wall in 2015 and do invite friends to subscribe to the free email or social media posts.

I am praying someone with a burden to be used by God in building will receive a fresh vision and get the job done.

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