1 Timothy 3 is the general go-to passage for scripture on leadership, and with good reason. In reading Ezra and Nehemiah recently, however, the concept of godly leadership jumped out at me. A lot.
- “…He was a teacher well versed in the law of Moses, which the LORD, the God of Israel had given…the hand of the Lord was on him.” (Ezra 7:6)
- “For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD…” (Ezra 7:10)
- “And you Ezra, in accordance with the wisdom of your God, which you possess…” (Ezra 7:25)
- “…Because the hand of the LORD my God was on me, I took courage and gathered leaders from Israel to go up with me.” (Ezra 7:28)
- “…Here we are before you in our guilt, though because of it not one of us can stand in your presence.”(Ezra 9:15)
- The last few chapters show Ezra exhorting the people to deal with their sin, with a no-compromises approach and a firm rebuke.
|Leadership…pic from Bruce Fong|
- “…’The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and it’s gates have been burned with fire.’ When I heard these things, I sat down and wept.” (Nehemiah 1:3-4)
- “I confess the sins we Israelites,including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you.” (Nehemiah 1:6)
- “I was very much afraid…then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the King…” (Nehemiah 2:4-5)
- “The god of Heaven will give us success…you have no share in Jerusalem.” (Nehemiah 2:20)
- “Instead, I devoted myself to the work on this wall.” (Nehemiah 5:16)
- Nehemiah 5 shows him exhorting the people, rebuking them and teaching them.
“I put in charge of Jerusalem my brother Hannani along with Hannaniah the commander of the citadel, because he was a man of integrity and feared God more than most people do.”