Vs. 1, “After the wall had been rebuilt and I had set the doors in place, the gatekeepers and the singers and the Levites were appointed.” Praise God for the walls were now complete. Like any good leader, Nehemiah would spend this time delegate all the responsibilities out to others. Nehemiah would turn over the leadership to two Godly men in his brother Hanani and Hanaiah. While it may be boring to read the list of names and numbers in the rest of the chapter, it is important that we understand its significance. Genealogies help link the past, but it also helps link the future for the coming Messiah. Each person was counted and important.
Regarding application…Letting Go. Vs. 2, “I put in charge of Jerusalem my brother Hanani, along with Hananiah the commander of the citadel, because he was a man of integrity and feared God more than most men do.” Nehemiah was a great leader who had many of the qualities we look for; brave, courageous, strong, fearless, etc. He could have easily allowed his reputation and significance go to his head. But he was willing to let go of that which he helped build. He was able to do this because he realized it was not truly him, but God who was working through him. Those who know me realize that this is not an easy application for me. It’s hard for me to let go and not be in control. Whether it is mundane things or as serious as leaving a ministry of over a decade, my human side of me feels like I should always be a part of it. But that’s where God reminds me that we have the body of Christ for a reason. Let me illustrate…say your child is dangling on a cliff held up only by a rope that you are grasping onto. It’s up to you to pull your child up to safety…but all of the sudden you are asked to help nearby with something else and another person comes to state they will be one who will take over for you. I don’t know about you, but that would be really hard to do. Yet, as extreme as that example is…sometimes I feel like that is what God asks us to do. We must trust in His ways and others that come into our lives. We must learn to let go and let God do His will.