Nehemiah - A Type of the Holy Spirit

 

Nehemiah is type of the Holy Spirit - restoring the broken walls and gates (see Isaiah 60:18; Psalm 24:7). His name means 'Comfort of Yahweh' just as a title for the Holy Spirit is 'Comforter'.

 

"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you."

John 14:16-17(KJV)

 

The Holy Spirit directs the work of building the walls and gates. He is the Missions Director! We must yield to Him in every aspect of our restoration.

 

Evidence of Nehemiah's leadership - reflecting the leadership of the Holy Spirit...

 

a. Nehemiah was an effective leader because he made each man accountable for his work. Each man had a section of wall he was responsible for, and it was known he was responsible for it. Do you think someone wanted it evident they were a poor worker in God's cause?

 

i. By giving each man a sense of responsibility for the work, they helped ensure the work would be done right. It made each man accountable. Who wanted to be responsible for the weak area of the wall? It was like having your name on an "inspected by" tag - you were accountable for your work.

 

b. Nehemiah was an effective leader because he noted who was doing the work and who wasn't - the list demonstrates this.

 

c. Nehemiah was an effective leader because he organized the work for maximum efficiency. Every one had their section, and the work was organized around the gates - the places most needful of the work.

 

d. Nehemiah was an effective leader because he knew where to start: with the spiritual aspect of the work (the high priest's work is mentioned first), and consecrating all to God.

 

e. Nehemiah was an effective leader because he got both "high" and "low" to join together in doing the work - the leaders and the high priest worked together with the man who lived in a single room.

 

f. Nehemiah was an effective leader because he was willing to let people try new things - goldsmiths, priests, and perfumers all became construction workers!

 

g. Nehemiah was an effective leader because he made people focus on their own house first.

 

h. Nehemiah was an effective leader because he didn't disqualify people because of a past of sin and compromise.

 

Now you are ready to read about the meaning of the Walls and Gates...