Following the Leader

Please read: Nehemiah 10:1-29.

conductorNehemiah begins by listing the names of the spiritual leaders and family leaders who dedicated themselves to God through the oath mentioned at the close of chapter 9.

You will notice that Ezra is not listed here. Some speculate that he had returned to Babylon at that time or was sick or in some other way hindered from taking part on this particular day.  I think there is a more reasonable answer. Ezra had already dedicated himself to God and his service when he returned years before and rebuilt the temple.  There was no need to “rededicate” himself because he had never ceased from doing the will of God.

Eliashib is missing from this list as well. He had made deals with Tobiah and perhaps was unwilling to renounce those things. We will see, in Chapter 13, that Eliashib continued his evil dealings with Tobiah. When Nehemiah returns from giving his status report to the king, he discovers what has been going on and further purges the heathen from Jerusalem and cleans the temple.

We can see in these verses that the people, in general, follow the actions of their leaders. It is not just the words they speak or preach but their actions that mark true leadership.  This is a great example of how a father should lead the home and a pastor should lead the church.

Pastors should lead the congregation:

Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. – Philippians 3:17

Fathers should lead the home:

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. – Ephesians 6:4

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Rebuild! – Good Leaders Lead

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