THE KEY IS SEEN IN THE NAMES…
a) The Word… Nehemiah 3:1… The three names here reveal a prophetic statement. Do nothing until you have a word from God. Jesus said in John 15:5, “Without me ye can do nothing” (KJV). Note the three names Eliashib (“God restores”), Meah (“a hundred”), and Hananeel (“God has been gracious”). The people of the Old Testament knew the importance of names. Nehemiah placed these names at the top of the list because it made a statement. The Word of the Lord must always be at the top, visible and remembered. Proverbs 20:18 exhorts us that we should never start a project without counsel and a plan. Men of action know that trying to figure things out as they go can lead to a lot of confusion. (Jeremiah 29:1-14, Isaiah 45:1-25, Daniel 9:1-27 give promises for rebuilding.) Proverbs 11:14 says, “For want of skillful strategy, an army is lost; victory is the fruit of long planning” (NEB). Proverbs 16:3, “Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established” (KJV).
b) The Spirit… Nehemiah 3:2… “Next unto him”… Next to the Word of God must be the Spirit of God. Three names are mentioned, and a prophetic statement is set forth. Jericho (“to breathe, fragrance”), Zaccur (“to mark or remember a saying, mindful”), and Imri (“eloquent”). A Spirit-breathed rhema word will help you remember and will empower your project. We are to do nothing until we are endued from on high. It’s the Spirit that helps us plan a project and then empowers us to complete it (Luke 24:49). Men of action know this.
c) Conviction… Nehemiah 3:3… Only one name is mentioned, which is Hassenaah, “pointed as a thorn.” Can you find a better description? Conviction encourages us to action. Conviction is very persuasive. Conviction is very direct. Conviction brings a response. Nehemiah teaches another prophetic statement: never start a project until you are persuaded (convinced), and once persuaded be committed to it until it is complete.
d) Preparation… Nehemiah 3:4… Eight names are mentioned but they are divided into three groups. The first group of three answers a concern in the people’s heart. “How do we prepare?” Notice the prophetic admonition in these names. Meremoth (“to rise to higher levels, bitterness”), Urijah (“a flame of Jah”), and Koz (“a pricking or thorn in the heart until completion”). Nehemiah encourages the people to get up into the realm of the Spirit. There, a flame from God will burn in your hearts and you will be able to finish. Prayer helps us to prepare for the Spirit’s flame. (Note Acts 1:14, 2:1-4.) Men of action do rise to a higher level. They are Spirit-touched men.
The second group of three names answers another concern of the people. “What about our safety. How will we live?” Here we see concerns about the meeting of domestic needs. Meshullam (“paid for, devoted to God, friend”), Berechiah (“the blessing of God”), and Meshezabeel (“delivered by God; to be safe in body, mind and estate”). In other words, when people devote themselves to the Lord, His blessings will keep you safe, mentally, physically, and in your estate (property). Matthew 6:33 teaches, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (KJV).
The third group of two names tell us one moved in faith and the other moved in fear. These names are Zadok (“just and righteous”) and Baana (“in affliction”). This describes whether people respond in faith or in fear. Faith will work health; fear will work affliction. Men of action work with faith.
e) Obedience… Nehemiah 3:5-32… The cooperation–the project begins. One name is mentioned in verse 5, Tekoites, “to thrust out by a blast of a trumpet.” Obedience is a thrusting out. It’s action on our part. Mark 16:20 says, “They went forth and preached every where, the Lord working with them” (KJV). What a great list of people is seen in chapter 3, working in harmony, side by side. When these names are studied, you will see their testimony. “God blessed me.” “God strengthened me.” “God favored me.” You will find in this list of names people from all walks of life–businessmen, politicians, woodcarvers, magicians, dispatch riders, seers, harsh and rugged people, poor people, stingy people, judges–and you will find some that absolutely refused to participate. At the sound of the trumpet, a cheer went up as Nehemiah shouted, “Let’s do it!”
f) Finish… Nehemiah 6:15… “So the wall was finished” in 52 days. There are many starters but few finishers in the land today. Deuteronomy 20:19 shows that we are to stay committed until a project is finished. Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith” (KJV). Jesus said, John 17:4, “I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.” In Matthew 24:14, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” The word “end” means “the conclusion of a prophetic purpose.” There was an end to the prophetic purpose in the building up of the wall in the days of Nehemiah. Men of action will see a project to its finish, accomplished.
In every project that God initiated you will find warfare. The Lord has given a purpose and a project that He wants done. We often go from project to project without ever completing the first one. I wonder sometimes if churches never grow because of this. The Word of God is clear when it gives direction as to what the Lord wants of us, the whole church must work together until it is finished.
Pastor George Belobaba
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