Chief of the Fathers

Nehemiah 12:22 The Levites in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, and Johanan, and Jaddua, were recorded chief of the fathers: also the priests, to the reign of Darius the Persian. 23 The sons of Levi, the chief of the fathers, were written in the book of the chronicles, even until the days of Johanan the son of Eliashib.

Many criticize the word of God as biased to favor the masculine gender. But God does not answer to the yearnings of our culture, but the true needs of our souls. The role of families is so pivotal in the word of God, and the father has a major part to play to ensure families turn out right. The fathers must provide leadership in the family … not as bullies …but as men under accountability before God. Priests were over the fathers to teach them, to show them the expectations of God. Fathers were under the influence of intensive teachings and spiritual guidance so that all would be well in the land.

I pray you will understand this important aspect of Christian life. Modernity has belittled fatherhood as weak, wicked and oppressive and women have been encouraged to rise up and be independent. Sexual variants have been institutionalized to cripple normal family life …the main objective is to remove fathers from being able to perform their roles in normal domestic situations. Christ must be the head of the home, but He leads through fathers who are to love unconditionally …especially when situations challenge that love. It helps to respect leadership … when leaders are respected, the weight on their shoulders are lightened and they are able to joyfully do that which they were created to do. Fathers also have to be taught the importance of discipline and how to chasten when required.

Heb_12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

Verses for further meditation
Deuteronomy 4:9 ;Luke 15:22

Thoughts for Business and the work place
Strong leadership is not just for men, but God has crafted unique roles in genders. Do not confuse them.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, give us fathers according to thy word. 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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Kings, Princes, Priests and Fathers

Nehemiah 9:34 Neither have our kings, our princes, our priests, nor our fathers, kept thy law, nor hearkened unto thy commandments and thy testimonies, wherewith thou didst testify against them.

Nehemiah zeroes in on the key groups and how they have all in the past ganged up against God. Even the priests, sadly. The politicians, economic giants, priests and fathers are all aligned in disobedience. Each of these roles have key responsibilities to model the obedience of God’s laws in the family, devotional life, private resources and in government but all are doing as they please. This was the situation that Nehemiah describes causing God to be against them with the implications for the entire community. How similar is this scenario to the present country situation. At the heart of societal failure is the disregard for the commandments of God.

They say those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Nehemiah plays the tape of history in the hope that history will not repeat itself. I encourage leaders to read books like Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, Chronicles to understand pitfalls of leadership and consequences on the society. Many leaders start well and end badly while some start badly and ended much better …. Vigilance is needed, much vigilance at all times. God will help you if you set your heart on Him.

Verses for further meditation
Rev 3:2 ; Mark 13:33

Thoughts for Business and the work place
Leaders have a responsibility to be extra vigilant in hearkening to God’s commandment.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, help me to be watchful. Keep me on your narrow path where others go in different directions. 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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