The Children of Parosh

Nehemiah 7:8 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 4:3 ; 2 Cor 12:10

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.

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Bode Ososami

Bode Ososami

Bode Ososami retired from a management consulting firm and pastored at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Nigeria for over ten years. In the past, he has published 5 books. His third book " The Majesty of God " was published in December 2010. His fourth work "Perfect Fall Wedding: The Coming of Christ" was released in October 2011. His fifth book , Songs of Joseph, a Bible Devotional, was published in November 2012. He is also the author of "Wealth out of Ashes", a book describing God's plan for our prosperity.

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