Nehemiah 11

Nehemiah 11

At first glance, Nehemiah 11 is one of those chapters of the Bible we “read”. It is easy to skim over as a list of names. But it has deep meaning for the time period of Nehemiah and real application for our lives.

To really understand it we have to look back and remember what Nehemiah’s mission was to begin with:
  • His mission  was to rebuild the wall and fortify Jerusalem both physically and spiritually.
  • His mission was to help those returning from exile remember and live out the covenant they have with God.

And in chapters 1-10 we see this fulfilled. We see the wall built (physical renewal & fortification) in chapters 1-7. And in chapters 8-10 we see the law brought back to the forefront of their minds and the covenant renewed (spiritual renewal & fortification).

Obviously chapter 11 follows this and continues this theme of fortification of Jerusalem. Nehemiah wants to see the movement of God continue and not die out.

So what he does is he comes up with a plan to REPOPULATE Jerusalem to ensure that the name and fame of God is continued and the law was taught to generations! Moody Bible Commentary says, “This was to show that it was insufficient to build walls and commit to spiritual faithfulness without helping repopulate and fortify Jerusalem, the center of worship for God’s covenant people.” Nehemiah wanted the movement to continue and he knew that…


By definition movements imply multiplication. You are replicating an idea, action, philosophy, or something else to others to where it moves from one person to the next and from one generation to the next… A MOVEMENT.

We see this talked about in other places such as Psalm 145:4, “One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.”

What does this have to do with us? DISCIPLESHIPspiritual growth & spiritual multiplication. Our vision is to see a movement in Lexington where disciples of Jesus are made. We want to take every person we come into contact with one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus.

This means we have to join the movement and we have to multiply ourselves into others.. We have to share Jesus with others. We have to disciple others. And we have to encourage them to do the same for others.

In this we join Jesus’ movement laid out for us in Matthew 28:19-20, “19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

By: Nick Parsons

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