Chapter 10 of the book of Nehemiah continues with the people making a covenant to obey God’s way. They have seen the amazing thing God has done for them: rebuild the wall and now they are ready to follow His way He has laid out for them.
Leaders go first (v. 1-27) – What impresses me the most about chapter ten of Nehemiah is the leaders were the first to sign the document. My Bible (NLT) outlines the signature son this document being in the following order:
- The Governor
- Then the rest of the people signed
Verse one of chapter nine clearly says Nehemiah was the first one to sign the document proving that a leader truly leads the way. A leader paves the way for his people to follow.
Reading the Maxwell Leadership Bible I found this commentary to be very relevant, “As governor and top leader of his people, Nehemiah signed the document first. In doing so, he showed his commitment to sticking with the agreement and set an example for the rest of the leadership and the nation. As always, he acted as a “leader’s leader.”‘ (p. 609)
In other words: the leader signed the document first and then everyone else signed it. Anyone who has visited Washington DC (or paid attention in High School US History) probably knows the stories of the amazing sacrifice our founding fathers made when they signed the Declaration of Independence. The men signing that document knew their lives were in amazing risk by signing that document. If they didn’t pull off the commitment they had made and decided upton, they would be hanged.
Question: What have you learned from the book of Nehemiah about leadership?