Wednesday – Seeing Christ in Nehemiah
By David Dickmann
Like other Old Testament figures, we see a foreshadowing of Jesus Christ in the person of Nehemiah. Here are some parallels:
- In accordance with God’s promises, Nehemiah has great compassion for the people of God dwelling in Jerusalem.
- He intercedes before God on their behalf, confessing his own sins and the sins of the people.
- There is no one in Jerusalem who is able to rebuild the walls and God has placed on his heart a desire to help those who are helpless.
- He asks the king to send him and provide the necessary resources to accomplish the task.
- When he arrives, there are bitter enemies who seek to destroy him and his work.
- He cries out to God to protect and save him, so he can accomplish the work God sent him to do.
- Against all human odds, with a makeshift assembly of workers the work is completed so that everyone knows only God could have done this.
- As they join the workforce, the hearts of the people of Jerusalem are changed. They have hope, they have a heart to work, they have faith in God. When their work is finished, their enemies know that they have been defeated.
Think about Christ’s work in saving His people, as expressed by the prophet Isaiah.
He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no one to intercede; then his own arm brought him salvation, and his righteousness upheld him. He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak. According to their deeds, so will he repay, wrath to his adversaries, repayment to his enemies; to the coastlands he will render repayment. So, they shall fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun; for he will come like a rushing stream, which the wind of the LORD drives. "And a Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression," declares the LORD.
In Nehemiah, we see God working to save His people. It is so obvious that it is God’s work because no one else could do it. It is the same for us who are in Christ’s church. Not one person among us could do what needed to be done. Our “city” was in ruins and our “walls” broken down for Satan to have his way. But a Redeemer has come to Zion, to those in Jacob who turn from transgression.
Bible Reading Plan - Day 3