What we read in Nehemiah 12 may, at first glance, just seem like a long list of difficult—if not impossible—to pronounce. Yet, in those list of names we see a few timeless truths appear that we can apply in our lives:
- Your gifts make you valuable, though not necessarily famous.
- Every labor that is done in love is remembered by God.
- The final report is based on faithfulness, not public applause.
Knowing that the Bible is the inspired word of God, we know there is a reason for what is written. And in this case, these weren’t just random names and places mentioned. They were people who were following God, being faithful to God—regardless of whether they were in Jerusalem or outside the city. They understood that God directed their movements, and they followed obediently.
The application for us is to seek God’s guidance of where He wants us to serve—and follow. Is there a role for you to play in our Bible study? At your discussion table? Elsewhere in the church? Time in the Word and in prayer will make things clear.
The various names of the priests and Levites, too, present an application for us. We’ve seen many of these names elsewhere in Nehemiah, which indicates continuity, not only for familial lineage, but spiritual. What’s your spiritual lineage? Who lead you to Christ? Who lead them to Christ? Who are you leading to Christ
All these names are significant, maybe not at first glance to us, but certainly to God. Do you know those leading the men’s ministry? Leading other ministries of the church?
In his teaching, Bert referenced Malachi 3:16: “Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name.” Will your name be on that scroll? Are you working for God?
As the teaching moved to the wall dedication, which included the preparation for the dedication, procession of the people and participation in worship to thank God, more applications came to light for our lives. How dedicated are you to:
- Your home: Are you a leader at home and seeking God’s will in how you lead?
- Your job: Are you God’s ambassador—or just checking the clock?
- Your country: Are you willing to serve and fight for what’s right, according to God?
- Your church: Are you involved?