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Nehemiah's Excellent Example of Leadership

Date: Nov. 8, 2019


Nehemiah 5:14-19 (ESV)

14 Moreover, from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year to the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes the king, twelve years, neither I nor my brothers ate the food allowance of the governor. 15 The former governors who were before me laid heavy burdens on the people and took from them for their daily ration forty shekels of silver. Even their servants lorded it over the people. But I did not do so, because of the fear of God. 16 I also persevered in the work on this wall, and we acquired no land, and all my servants were gathered there for the work. 17 Moreover, there were at my table 150 men, Jews and officials, besides those who came to us from the nations that were around us. 18 Now what was prepared at my expense for each day was one ox and six choice sheep and birds, and every ten days all kinds of wine in abundance. Yet for all this I did not demand the food allowance of the governor, because the service was too heavy on this people. 19 Remember for my good, O my God, all that I have done for this people.

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Key Verse: 5:19

Remember for my good, O my God, all that I have done for this people.

1. Nehemiah is appointed governor (14-16)

Artaxerxes appointed Nehemiah as governor. He served the position for 12 years. During his entire term, he did not receive the high salary due him as governor. Former governors and their officials lorded over the people and placed high demands on them, abusing their power. But Nehemiah feared God and refused even what they were entitled to. Moreover, they overcame the temptation to acquire land and make themselves rich, and rather they devoted themselves to the work of rebuilding the walls.

2. Nehemiah's servant leadership (17-19)

Every day he entertained 150 nobles and officials as well as guests at his table-at his own expense. He was generous, hospitable and relational. As a leader, he defended the poor, managed his officials well, and partnered with those who controlled resources that would benefit the nation. He did these things because he feared God and wanted to restore the nation.

Prayer: Lord, help me to learn from Nehemiah -- not to take, but to serve and to give sacrificially for the sake of those you have put around me. Help me to fear you, not people.

One Word: A servant leader fears God and sacrifices himself to carry out the task of rebuilding the nation

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