Essay on Nehemiah: Business Analysis

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Nehemiah: A Business Analysis

SUMMARY
Like Esther’s calling to save her people, Nehemiah felt a calling from God to rebuild a wall in his hometown that had been left neglected for over 70 years after being destroyed. “Ordinarily, though, a wall symbolizes strength and protection. In ancient cities the only real means of defense were the walls”
(Stedman, 1965). One may ask why no one had rebuilt the walls if they were such an important part of protection. A lack of leadership is one reason. For hundreds of years, these people had been led. There was no one telling them where to start or how to fix this problem now8. They were completely disorganized. Nehemiah became that leader and proved to be an effective one. He channeled
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Threats became real when several groups plotted to fight against Jerusalem and destroy the work being done. Nehemiah took action. ”He also urged them to set up guards to defend

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against the constant threat of those who opposed their efforts, including the armies of Samaria, the
Ammonites and the Ashdodites” (Stedman, 1965). He saw the challenges that they faced and organized a plan of defense where men took shifts to stand guard on different sections of the wall so progress could continue. Nehemiah also set up a method of communication in response to this. In Chapter 4 verse 18, it describes a man with a trumpet that stayed near him. The man with the trumpet was responsible for issuing a warning and reassurance when necessary. When men became weak and families struggled, it became clear that the repression that they were dealt from the nobles and officials needed to be reversed. Nehemiah organized a meeting to confront them. In Nehemiah 5:11 he demands restoration of resources to the people, “Give back to them immediately their fields, vineyards, olive groves and houses, and also the usury you are charging them—the hundredth part of the money, grain, new wine and oil.” These actions relate to Maslow’s Functional Motivation Theory. Nehemiah fulfilled the Jews safety needs with the setting up the communication and the defense system at the wall, as well, as

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