Saturday, July 18 2009
The 11th chapter of Nehemiah reveals to us some of the governmental policies that Nehemiah had to enact to populate the city of Jerusalem. In the first two verses, it reveals that there were those that willingly moved to the city, but there were many that chose to live in the outlying villages. The Life Study Bible gives a few reasons why there were those that did not want to move to Jerusalem...
Nehemiah needed to populate the city and therefore enacted a policy to cast lots forcing a certain number of the population to move into Jerusalem. It appears that Nehemiah was a fair leader with a "big picture" mentality. He was a visionary that understood that sometimes we must act as leaders and make some tough decisions.