c. His reliance was on the Lord. 2:4
Proverbs 8:14-16 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.
d. His request. 2:5,6
e. His research. 2:7,8
He had prepared for this opportunity, expecting the Lord to bless.
Nehemiah was aware of the opposition facing the project from the non-Jewish population. They had caused many problems to Ezra in the rebuilding of the Temple that had been authorized by Cyrus. Refer to Ezra 4:4-6, 23-24.
Nehemiah wanted to be as prepared as he could be to deal with supplies, building materials, or opposition from those in the surrounding areas.
4. His position.
Before we continue in the study of Nehemiah the builder, we should learn more about his character. To be the King’s Cupbearer and then be assigned by the king as the governor of Jerusalem, Nehemiah had traits that were appreciated by the king who in all likelihood appointed him personally to his position.
He was a man of –
a. Intellect. He was able to direct the operations of the kings table.
b. Integrity. He was able manage the property of the king. Pantries, cellars, kitchens.
c. Irreproachable loyalty. He protected the king.
d. Insight. He received information and formulated plans to solve problems.
e. Interest. He asked first about the people of Jerusalem, then the city.
f. Immediacy. He knew that he needed God’s direction and sought Him in prayer.
g. Intent. He formulated a plan and waited on the Lord.
h. Inspiration. He could motivate others to share his vision.
i. Implementation. He was co-labourer, leading in the work.
j. Intrepid leadership. He remained calm and courageous in the face of danger.
Nehemiah displayed the qualities necessary in the leader who would plan and carry out the work of rebuilding of the city of Jerusalem in difficult times.