Bible Commentaries
Nehemiah 7

Bell's Commentary on the BibleBell's Commentary

Verses 1-73

  1. Intro:
    1. The walls were finished in 52 days but the people inside sure weren’t.
      1. The 2nd part of the book, the remainder (ch.’s 7-13), teaches us about an even more important building program in Jerusalem...the spiritual building of the people behind the walls.
        1. ​​​​​​​Here we have the first steps toward community.
        2. Did you know you can acquire just about everything in solitude - except character.
        3. The fruit of the Spirit: [the 2nd 3 must be shown outward, in community]
          1. ​​​​​​​1st 3, inner attitudes, God-ward, sourced in God (Love, joy, peace)
          2. 2nd 3, relational qualities, man-ward, expressed to others (longsuffering kindness, goodness)
          3. 3rd 3, personal qualities, self-ward, guides indiv conduct (faithfulness, gentleness, self-control)
  2. PEOPLE OF THE WALL (7:1-6)
    1. (2) What 2 things was Nehemiah looking for in his leaders?
      1. Faithful men who Fear God.
      2. Required in OT: Jethro recommended to Moses Moreover you shall select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness.
      3. Required in NT: In Acts 6, the 12 looked for seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business…And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit
      4. What do churches look for in leaders today?
        1. Forceful personality, vision, admin skills, decisiveness, humor, tact? Those all play a part, but the most desirable qualities are godliness & integrity.
    2. (3) In the East it is customary to open the gates of a city at sunrise, and to bar them at sunset, a rule which is very rarely infringed upon. But here…
      1. ​​​​​​​A precaution necessary because of the enemies prior attempts against them.
    3. (5) Do you ever have things put in your heart by God? Do your respond when He does?
    1. ​​​​​​​We ought to be very sure that we & our loved ones are included in God’s register.
    2. Worship seemed to be an important part of building a strong community of faith.
      1. Note the singers – vs.1,44,67,73. [Our musician’s Fellowship, The Stir, next Sat 6:30pm. Renowned vocal coach Billy Purnell doing a vocal workshop]
Bibliographical Information
Bell, Brian. "Commentary on Nehemiah 7". "Bell's Commentary". 2017.