Nehemiah 10:1 Now those that sealed were, Nehemiah, the Tirshatha, the son of Hachaliah, and Zidkijah, 2 Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah, 3 Pashur, Amariah, Malchijah, 4 Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch, 5 Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah, 6 Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch, 7Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin, 8 Maaziah, Bilgai, Shemaiah: these were the priests. 9 And the Levites: both Jeshua the son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel;10 And their brethren, Shebaniah, Hodijah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan, 11 Micha, Rehob, Hashabiah, 12 Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah, 13 Hodijah, Bani, Beninu. 14 The chief of the people; Parosh, Pahathmoab, Elam, Zatthu, Bani, 15 Bunni, Azgad, Bebai, 16 Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin, 17 Ater, Hizkijah, Azzur, 18 Hodijah, Hashum, Bezai, 19 Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai, 20 Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir, 21 Meshezabeel, Zadok, Jaddua, 22 Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah, 23 Hoshea, Hananiah, Hashub, 24 Hallohesh, Pileha, Shobek, 25 Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah, 26 And Ahijah, Hanan, Anan, 27 Malluch, Harim, Baanah..
A new charter has the seal of the priests, the Levites, princes and leaders. The major families and clans are represented … there is not just a buy-in but a public and ceremonial acknowledgement that a new rebirth of a nation was being witnessed. The excitement and communal commitment creates a climate for action and desire to make progress that is backed by a momentum of resolve and joy to bear any associated pains.
New beginnings are exciting and inspiring to witness when all the elements are in place. There are false starts that are destined to crash too … and even when all the principles of visioning are evident, there could still be some challenges lurking ahead. Nehemiah has brought his community to a new and major milestone envisioning a people fully aligned with God’s law and obedient to the minutest detail. The intent is laudable and the elders subscribe to the new charter after weeping for sin and after being convicted by scripture. Unity is awesome … and there is a shared resolve to change.
Verses for further meditation
Isaiah 43:19 ; Ephesians 4:24
Thoughts for Business and the work place
Unity in a new vision can be a compelling force for change, especially when there is a moral basis.
Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, do something new and fresh in my life and for others through me. Use me to bring hope to communities. 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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