Please read Nehemiah 12:1-26
This portion of Nehemiah gives a rather lengthy list of the priests, Levites, and other religious leaders through several generations. We do not know much about most of those in this list. However, the inclusion of such a list does teach us a valuable lesson regarding those who minister the word of God to the people.
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to those faithful ministers who, with the Lord’s help, started the church where we meet each Sunday. We are not to revere them as gods, but we should learn about them and hold them high regard for their work.
We owe our utmost respect and support to our current pastors and ministers. They care for us in so many ways. The pray for us, admonish us, teach us, and motivate us. Consider the following:
Obey them that have the ruleoveryou, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you. – Hebrews 13:17
The care of the flock of God has been given to these men. They answer to God for our instruction and correction. It would be good for us to make it a little easier on them.
Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. – 1st Timothy 5:17
This honor includes both respect to their word and position as well as financial support. If at all possible, we should support our ministry so that they are not torn between a secular job and Bible study and prayer.
Additionally, we ought to rejoice when a young man shows signs of a calling to the gospel ministry. It should give us great hope that the Lord will continue to shine a light in our community through our church when we have passed on. Support these young men with prayer and study in the word.