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  1. A Leader’s Approach to a Problem Nehemiah 2:1-20

  2. Seeks an Opportunity to Help • Nehemiah 2:5 • Foresaw potential needs. • Nehemiah 2:7 • Nehemiah 2:8 • Nehemiah 2:10 For the people's well being.

  3. Observes Before Acting • Nehemiah 2:13-15 • Nehemiah 2:16-17a • A form of counting the cost • Luke 14:25-33

  4. Appeals for Help • Nehemiah 2:17b • Matthew 9:36-38 • Acts 11:22-26

  5. Desires to Remove Reproach • Nehemiah 2:17 “Then I said to them, ‘You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach.’”

  6. Desires to Remove Reproach • Proverbs 14:34 "Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people." • 2 Thessalonians 3:6 "But we command you, brethren, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us." • Luke 2:52

  7. Stresses God’s Role in the Plan • Nehemiah 2:18 “And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king’s words that he had spoken to me. So they said, ‘Let us rise up and build.’ Then they set their hands to this good work.”

  8. Stresses God’s Role in the Plan • Nehemiah 2:19-20a “But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, ‘What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?’ So I answered them, and said to them, ‘The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem.’”

  9. Stresses God’s Role in the Plan • Nehemiah 4:4 “Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn their reproach on their own heads, and give them as plunder to a land of captivity!” • Romans 8:31 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

  10. Displays Humility • Nehemiah 2:20b "...we His servants..." • Nehemiah 4:6a "So we built the wall...." • Did not have "I" disease!

  11. Displays Humility • 1 Timothy 3:6 "Not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil." • 1 Peter 5:5-6 “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for ‘God resists the proud, Butgives grace to the humble.’ Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.”

  12. Is Not Stopped by Opposition • Nehemiah 4:1-3 Sarcastic words. • Nehemiah 4:6 • Nehemiah 4:7-8 Planned attacks. • Nehemiah 4:9

  13. Encourages the People • Nehemiah 4:6 "...for the people had a mind to work." • Nehemiah 4:12-14 • Nehemiah 4:19-20

  14. Openly Deals with Problems • Nehemiah 5:1-5 Enslaving through high interest. • Nehemiah 5:6-7 Called for public assembly. • Leviticus 25:35-36 “If one of your brethren becomes poor, and falls into poverty among you, then you shall help him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you. Take no usury or interest from him; but fear your God, that your brother may live with you.” • Nehemiah 5:8-13