Nehemiah 3:5 (KJV)
And next unto them the Tekoites repaired; but their nobles put not their necks to the work of their Lord.
In this exceptional chapter of unity cooperation and sacrifice one group stands out for their lack of participation. The nobles of Tekoa, a city of Judah, “put not their necks to the work“.
- There were priests at work
- There were goldsmiths at work
- There were apothecaries at work
- There were rulers at work
- There were merchants at work
- There was even a man with his daughters at work
But these nobles, for whatever reason, chose not to join in the work.
And Nehemiah saw it.
Could Nehemiah be a picture here of God, who knows and sees all and is keeping a record of our works? The Bible says of the Christian that “every man’s work shall be made manifest … of what sort it is.”
Imagine the judgment seat of Christ where we are all judged and rewarded for our service as believers. People of all ranks and races stand before the Lord to receive their rewards. But then it comes to you. The only remark is, “He put not his neck to the work.” No wonder God wipes away tears in heaven.
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