Keros

Nehemiah 7:47Nehemiah 7:47
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47 The children of Keros, the children of Sia, the children of Padon,  

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The children of Keros, the children of Sia, the children of Padon,

Keros means “crooked” or ”curved”. What do we do with those who do not quite fit? Criminals and difficult individuals. Remember Jacob was considered crooked but God helped him to mend his ways. Criminal and prison systems should aim to reform and mend the character of inmates, not just to punish and discard them as losers. I sense Nehemiah aimed to bring everyone on board … the good, the bad and the ugly. Much patience is needed to bear the ways of some while there are others that must be expelled instantly. Pray for wisdom to know the difference as this may often not be obvious.

Remember we serve a God who makes the crooked straight and the rough places plain. Consider that many are like Onesimus, who was a runaway slave but became a profitable Christian believer. Onesimus ended being profitable to the work. Do not write people off, but be also discerning.

Verses for further meditation
Philemon 1:10Philemon 1:10
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10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:  

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; Isaiah 40:4Isaiah 40:4
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4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: straight: or, a straight place plain: or, a plain place  

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Thoughts for Business and the work place
Successful leaders have many players that started crooked.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, grant me grace to help those whose ways need to be mended.

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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The Nethinims

Nehemiah 7:46Nehemiah 7:46
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46 The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hashupha, the children of Tabbaoth,  

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The Nethinims: the children of Ziha, the children of Hashupha, the children of Tabbaoth,

The Nethinims were workers, in the temple, who did the rougher work and so enabling the Levites to take a higher position as the religious representatives and instructors of the people. They were also consecrated to these roles. Leaders must be sensitive to the fact that there are people who will be doing the menial and rougher tasks, mainly in the background. These people should be specially noted and appreciated, not treated as inferior in any way. God watches how we treat those we call the “junior staff”…”drivers” and “cleaners”. God does not consider people in what we see as lower roles as any lower than others because He equips all to do His purpose. There is no basis for the gifted to feel better than those who only wash floors.

Successful businesses have created teams where all contribute their roles in a harmonious environment void of envy and hurtful competition. People who do the roughest jobs should be accorded extra respect and attention.

In societies, there are those who clean the roads and clear the bins. They are also special.

Verses for further meditation
1 Chronicles 9:21 Chronicles 9:2
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2 Now the first inhabitants that dwelt in their possessions in their cities were, the Israelites, the priests, Levites, and the Nethinims.  

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; Ezra 8: 20Ezra 8: 20
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20 Also of the Nethinims, whom David and the princes had appointed for the service of the Levites, two hundred and twenty Nethinims: all of them were expressed by name.  

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Thoughts for Business and the work place
Successful leaders work with harmonious teams.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, help me not to look down on any … and to do all tasks with joy. 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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