Men of Bethlehem and Netophah

Nehemiah 7:26 The men of Bethlehem and Netophah, an hundred fourscore and eight.

Bethlehem means house of bread while Netophah relates to a root verb – to drop, drip or distil.. The word of God is our divine bread. How do we become men of God’s word?

Isa 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

We grow in the word, based on a slow process in which we must first learn one precept before we can learn another. We cannot embark on a crash course …every day, we must labor in study and labor … every hour in obedience. When we have learnt a precept and a line, then we are ready for another line. The word of God is meant to be a lamp for our feet …but it will require a careful and progressive study. It is one thing to read and another thing to learn and be taught by the Spirit of God.

In the work place, the word of God can help you navigate the issues you face and meander through the tougher rapids. The word of God will help you survive the storm of politics and will provide the best counselling on family matters. But we must obey one word, learn well from that experience before we can be ready to be taught another. The speed of learning depends on the detail and care we put into our obedience of the word. There are those who want this very quickly but only learn nothing. The leader needs a quiet time of meditation and bible study … the leader needs the habit of reading and reflection on the lessons of scripture.

Verses for further meditation
Psalm 119:42; John 6:51

Thoughts for Business and the work place
Leaders have vision, can distil required action steps and then push ideas to execution with a patient tenacity.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, let your daily word enlighten, guide and protect me. 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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