4 Now the city was large and spacious, but the people in it were few, and the houses were not rebuilt. 5 Then my God put it into my heart to gather the nobles, the rulers, and the people, that they might be registered by genealogy. And I found a register of the genealogy of those who had come up in the first return, and found written in it
Nehemiah 63-65, 70-72
63 and of the priests: the sons of Habaiah,the sons of Koz,the sons of Barzillai, who took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called by their name. 64 These sought their listing among those who were registered by genealogy, but it was not found; therefore they were excluded from the priesthood as defiled. 65 And the governor said to them that they should not eat of the most holy things till a priest could consult with the Urim and Thummim.70 And some of the heads of the fathers’ houses gave to the work. The [u]governor gave to the treasury one thousand gold drachmas, fifty basins, and five hundred and thirty priestly garments. 71 Some of the heads of the fathers’ houses gave to the treasury of the work twenty thousand gold drachmas, and two thousand two hundred silver minas. 72 And that which the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand gold drachmas, two thousand silver minas, and sixty-seven priestly garments.
The fifth leadership principle to look for involves:
5. Preservation – Vs 5
It’s here that Nehemiah points to the past because these people needed to understand the significance of their past. What Nehemiah does is make their history a living history that will serve the present and the future. You want to get reenergized take time to remember your roots. If we don’t remember where we have come from, we will forget where we are going. The sixth leadership principle is:
6. Purity – Vs 63-65
We need leaders that have a passion for pure faith. Now the context that we find here is families who applied to the priesthood, but they cannot accurately establish their genealogy. As a result, they are excluded. Now this was not about a pure race it was about a pure faith. God was the one who set up the priesthood, Nehemiah was just protecting it. Likewise, we also need to make purity a priority because if we don’t it will not be long before just like the nation of Israel that we will compromise and bow to other beliefs. We live in a world that demands that we consider the Christ of Christianity as just as one of many ways to get to heaven. But we should never give up on the purity of our belief or fail to defend it. There is only one way to come to God and that is through the sacrifice of His Son Jesus on the cross of Calvary. You don’t come to God through Buddha it’s the blood of Jesus, it’s not about Mohamad it’s about the Messiah. It’s not about being good it’s about God’s grace.The last leadership principle is one Nehemiah has not only preached but one he has practiced over and over, it’s a:
7. Pattern of Giving – Vs 70-72
Leaders that love the Lord will sacrificially give to God. Notice that Nehemiah models the message leading by sacrificially giving. This was way much more than just giving a tithe or a tenth. “The governor gave to the treasury 1,000 gold coins, 50 gold basins, and 530 robes for the priests.” And notice that the people followed suit. You want your people to give to God model it for them. Now I want you to notice that these gifts were given at a time when things were tight for the nation of Israel. They were not a powerful and prosperous people and times were tough. But even though the economics of the time were far from stable, the people put God first. Look we don’t based tithing on the times we base it on trusting God. It’s here that Nehemiah reveals that tithing is tied to the heart not the head. This is giving because you want to, not because you have to. God loves a cheerful giver not a compulsory one. So what leadership lessons is God teaching you, and are you learning them and following His leading?