by Harley Howard

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The Book of Nehemiah Chapter 7 (7 of 13)
Harley Howard

1 Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I
had set up the doors, and the porters and the singers
and the Levites were appointed,

2 That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the
ruler of the palace, charge over Jerusalem: for he
[was] a faithful man, and feared God above many.

The wall was finished and the gates were in place, and
all of the gatekeepers, singers and Levites were
appointed to guard the gates, that Nehemiah's brother
and another faithful man named, Hananiah, who was the
commander of the fortress, was put in charge of
Jerusalem, for he was a faithful man and feared God
more than many. Here we see another man who was a cut
above the rest of the people, not because of any
inherent qualities about HIMSELF, but because he
revealed in his life great integrity as well as a
great fear of God. Faithful people can be trusted to
carry out their work, while reverent people can be
expected to do so in line with God's priorities. The
greatest qualifications that leaders of any type could
have are these two qualities, faithfulness and a great
fear of God. Even in the New Testament church, the
qualifications are more concerned with character than
with the kinds of qualifiers that are sought after
today. Education, wealth, family tree, speaking
abilities, looks, etc are nothing compared to
faithfulness, integrity and fear of God.

3 And I said unto them, Let not the gates of Jerusalem
be opened until the sun be hot; and while they stand
by, let them shut the doors, and bar [them]: and
appoint watches of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, every
one in his watch, and every one [to be] over against
his house.

The gates were only to be opened at the heat of the
day probably so that merchants could enter in and out
of the city. Also guards were continually on watch so
as to not be caught off guard by an enemy attack. Just
becau ...

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