Jerusalem had been a distinguished city, the political and spiritual capital of the nation of Israel under David’s leadership (1 Chronicles 11:4-9; 15). Solomon added to its greatness by the magnificent temple that he built there (2 Chronicles 3). However, following the division of the nation and the rise of ungodly kings who allowed idolatry and accompanying abhorrent practices to flourish in the land.
140 years after the release of the Jews, Jerusalem is still in disrepair and Nehemiah serves as God’s voice of leadership in a desperate time. Nehemiah’s response to the role of principle architect in this makeover project is to pray, fast and confess his sins and the sins of his people.
Nehemiah was interested in renovating an “ugly city,” the once great city of Jerusalem. He wanted to address a condition of disrepair and confusion in Jerusalem, but his deeper motives and his leadership skill in so doing still have much to teach us today.
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