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The people from Tekoa
Posted: Sep 22, 2009 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

Nehemiah is one of my favorite books of the Bible. I always tell people that are struggling with the Word of God and not quite sure where to start reading to read Nehemiah. The book is so practical and I feel like I can identify with Nehemiah in a lot of ways. Nehemiah is the story of a remnant of Israelites that were exiled in Babylon coming back to Israel to rebuild the walls of the city that had been torn down nearly 100 years prior. Nehemiah led an expedition of Israelites who had a passion to go back to their homeland to restore the honor of the once great nation of Israel. Israel was conquered by the Babylonians nearly 100 years prior as a result of their disobedience to God. They were led away to be slaves in the great nation of Babylon. It is here that we find the stories of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego as well as Daniel.

After being a slave in Babylon, Nehemiah decided it was time to go back to his homeland. Nehemiah was the cupbearer to the king which meant it was his job to taste the food and wine of the king to make sure it was poisoned. Great job huh? It’s no wonder the king trusted Nehemiah and let him go. So Nehemiah gets a group of people together and makes a 3 month long hike from Babylon (present day Iraq) to Israel. When he got there, he found the place in shambles! He began to work together with the remnant that was already there along with those that came with him. Brick by brick, they began to build the wall. His strategy was simple. Each person was responsible for building the portion of the wall that was in front of his own house. Nehemiah chapter 3 tells the story. In verse 5 of chapter 3, we hear about a specific family that was “helping” with the wall. Their family name was Tekoa and this is what the Bible has to say about them.

“Next were the people from Tekoa, though their leaders refused to work with the construction supervisors.”

Think about this. Here is an entire nation of people pitching in together to rebuild the wall. Their logic was simple. If every person simply does their part, we will rebuild the wall in no time. Why does it always seem like there are people who are totally willing to whine and complain and let others do their work for them. I think the reason that the family from Tekoa was so complacent was because of fear. They were afraid of getting attacked from those who opposed the rebuilding of the wall. When adversity comes your way, you have 2 options. You can complain or you can conquer. The people from Tekoa complained, what about you?

With Expectancy!

Corey
cbaker@famfm.com

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