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    Nehemiah's character a striking resemblance of Christ?

    Nehemiah's story of rebuilding the wall is a stunning representation of Jesus Christ and His efforts to build the church. Throughout the passages Christ's ministry and characteristics are clearly evident. Sacrifice, compassion, faith, determination, justice, and leadership are the prime elements that stood out.


    Nehemiah was known as the cupbearer to King Artaxerxes I of Persia. Cupbearer's responsibility is to taste wine before it is served to the king. Thus, Nehemiah must have have known the risk of being in that position as sometimes it can be laced with poison. His willingness to serve in that role is the same humility we find in Jesus who served mankind knowing the crucifixion lies ahead. It is this servant attitude that triumphs over the concern for their own lives.


    Next, Nehemiah used his influential position not to gain personal riches but to intercede for his community as we see in Nehemiah 2:4-5. This is what Jesus did for us and continues to do so (John 17, Romans 8:34, and Hebrews 7:25). They both had a concern for their people and wanted to do something about it. Nehemiah left the comfort of the palace to visit the ruins and in Philippians 2 we read Jesus emptying himself to serve man.


    Nehemiah finally does a survey of Jerusalem and witnesses its desolate condition similar to Jesus looking at Jerusalem and weeping (Luke 19:41-44). Their concern was not the physical walls or the city in itself but its spiritual condition. They both didn't just stop there but encouraged a few people to start the work while they led. Their work started also on similar fashion in that Nehemiah started with the Sheep's Gate section of the wall where lambs were brought in for sacrificing while Jesus started with the Cross. Both portray the atoning work of Christ which is the corner stone of the formation of the church. On a side note if you also pay close attention to the sequence of the rebuilding you can see the wall is being built in a straight line which is a reminder that God builds His church in an orderly manner. It may seem chaotic and unorganized but He is perfectly putting the puzzle together of His children worldwide.


    It's fairly obvious from the lives of Nehemiah and Jesus, it embodies the desire of God in seeking reconciliation with man. He never gives up on His people by pursuing them and was willing to sacrifice His own Son for the same. Unfathomable!

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    Nehemiah's story of rebuilding the wall is a stunning representation of Jesus Christ and His efforts to build the church. Throughout the passages Christ's ministry and characteristics are clearly evident. Sacrifice, compassion, faith, determination, justice, and leadership are the prime elements that stood out.


    Nehemiah was known as the cupbearer to King Artaxerxes I of Persia. Cupbearer's responsibility is to taste wine before it is served to the king. Thus, Nehemiah must have have known the risk of being in that position as sometimes it can be laced with poison. His willingness to serve in that role is the same humility we find in Jesus who served mankind knowing the crucifixion lies ahead. It is this servant attitude that triumphs over the concern for their own lives.


    Next, Nehemiah used his influential position not to gain personal riches but to intercede for his community as we see in Nehemiah 2:4-5. This is what Jesus did for us and continues to do so (John 17, Romans 8:34, and Hebrews 7:25). They both had a concern for their people and wanted to do something about it. Nehemiah left the comfort of the palace to visit the ruins and in Philippians 2 we read Jesus emptying himself to serve man.


    Nehemiah finally does a survey of Jerusalem and witnesses its desolate condition similar to Jesus looking at Jerusalem and weeping (Luke 19:41-44). Their concern was not the physical walls or the city in itself but its spiritual condition. They both didn't just stop there but encouraged a few people to start the work while they led. Their work started also on similar fashion in that Nehemiah started with the Sheep's Gate section of the wall where lambs were brought in for sacrificing while Jesus started with the Cross. Both portray the atoning work of Christ which is the corner stone of the formation of the church. On a side note if you also pay close attention to the sequence of the rebuilding you can see the wall is being built in a straight line which is a reminder that God builds His church in an orderly manner. It may seem chaotic and unorganized but He is perfectly putting the puzzle together of His children worldwide.


    It's fairly obvious from the lives of Nehemiah and Jesus, it embodies the desire of God in seeking reconciliation with man. He never gives up on His people by pursuing them and was willing to sacrifice His own Son for the same. Unfathomable!
    But JESUS did not go around 'pulling out' the hair and beard of the Samaritan's, just because they 'intermarried'. But Nehemiah did as the governor, against the intermarried's parent, the head of the house who allowed such marriage with their children, those who returned from exile with him.

    But on the other hand, Ezra was like JESUS, who was the word of GOD, since he was a 'scribe' and 'priest', to the exiles who have returned liberated from slavery, and too since they have astray from and sinned against GOD in the past and therefore were punished. Nehemiah 8;5, says that Ezra was above all people, and when the Law of Moses was read from morning to the midday, and more, the people wept in remorse, and too mourned.

    And that day when the word of GOD, the Law of Moses was read to the people and they heard and understood them, was declared a holy day for the LORD their God. They were not allowed to mourn or weep as they were doing them repeatedly, and were comforted, 'for the joy of the LORD is their strength'. For they are to eat and drink and share their portions to their needy, and rejoice in the LORD. Therefore they went back their way to eat and drink and share their portions with their needy, and to make great rejoicing. This is because the people understood the words of the Law and the Levites who taught them in regards for clearer understanding. (Nehemiah 8:9-12)

    One may also perhaps compare this with the liberation of the same people who did their 'baptism' of repentance, and followed JESUS in liberty from sin and death, as coming home from 'carnal' exile in satan's kingdom. Therefore JESUS gave the word of GOD through the 'sermon on the mount', from Matthew chapter 5, which is the grace and truth He brought from Heaven. And today every believer who astray to the world and it's pattern, reading and hearing these words of grace and truth once again, are able to return from another exile, back home once again to the loving hands of the FATHER through CHRIST and the HOLY SPIRIT, and His church.

    It is written that we are to persuade one of ours who have 'astray' from grace and truth. It is terrible for one who have tasted the LORD and turn away from Him. That individual is better off to have not known the LORD in the first place

    JESUS was not building His church with bricks and stones, and materials related, as standing 'monuments' in grandeur, and too for the whole world to see it's glory 'short-lived'. JESUS was building His church of 'people' as His own body, with the word of GOD which He brought from Heaven. And which today has become our 'All Scripture = HOLY BIBLE' for doctrine, which are the true 'monuments' in grandeur, where some are used for important purposes and some for ordinary. And in them is where the HOLY SPIRIT, the SPIRIT of GOD dwells. They are the monumental 'light' and 'salt', for the whole world to 'see' and 'taste' it's everlasting glory born from above in 'grandeur'.

    Ezra, can be considered shadowily, as the builder like JESUS, who 'built up' the true temple of GOD, whom have gone 'astray', which supposedly made in HIS image(Genesis 1:26). That is with GOD's every words that proceeded out of HIS mouth and written, and here once again. JESUS said to the Jews that, isn't it written in their Scripture that they are 'gods', to whom the word of GOD came. GOD did allow the Temple to be build for HIS dwelling, but for the people to gather as 'one', and worship HIM, with only HIS presence present in the Most Holy Place, between the top of the 'Ark of the Covenant' and the 'covering wings of the cherubims'.

    But in the New Testament Scripture for doctrine verifies to Christians that, Moses was held the builder of GOD's house with JESUS, from the Old Covenant given to him to give to GOD's people. And to the New Covenant given to JESUS, to give to HIS people, in these last days GOD spoke with. But JESUS is held higher than Moses, who is declared as owner of the house as well.

    Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah be to our GOD in the name of LORD JESUS CHRIST forever and ever. Amen

    Anyway, may GOD the FATHER of our LORD JESUS CHRIST bless HIS lambs and sheep.

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