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Springdale Baptist Church

Planning for the Future

  • Key Appointments - Vs. 1-3
    • General
      • Gatekeepers / Janitors
      • Singers / Worship Leaders
      • Levites / Priests
    • Specific
      • His brother Hanani - The civil leader (mayor) of Jerusalem
        • Faithful to God and love of Jerusalem
      • Hananiah - The police chief
        • Faithful and God-fearing
      • Nehemiah appointed men of trust and integrity
        • He gave them very specific directions or “job descriptions”

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” Theodore Roosevelt

  • Following God’s directions
    • Census numbers that had been recorded in the Book of Ezra
  • The census
    • 42,360 Israelites
    • 7,337 Slaves
    • 245 Singers
    • 736 Horses
    • 245 Mules
    • 435 Camels
    • 6,720 Donkeys
  • Providing for the temple
    • The generosity of Nehemiah, family leaders and general population of the Jews
  • “They settled in their own towns”
    • Nehemiah’s four elements of leadership
      • He realized the need for leaders and appointed them
      • He gave clear directions, delegated the work, but remained in charge
      • He arranged for financial support
      • He knew the truth of Psalm 127:1

Unless the Lord builds a house, its builders labor over it in vain; unless the Lord watches over a city, the watchman stays alert in vain.

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