Day 41 – Signed and sealed. They wrote their names to it in commitment. Read Nehemiah 10:1-27.
Now on the sealed document were the names of: Nehemiah the governor, the son of Hacaliah, and Zedekiah, Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah, Pashhur, Amariah, Malchijah, Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch, Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah, Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch, Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin, Maaziah, Bilgai, Shemaiah. These were the priests. And the Levites: Jeshua the son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, Kadmiel; also their brothers Shebaniah, Hodiah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan, Mica, Rehob, Hashabiah, Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah, Hodiah, Bani, Beninu. The leaders of the people: Parosh, Pahath-moab, Elam, Zattu, Bani, Bunni, Azgad, Bebai, Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin, Ater, Hezekiah, Azzur, Hodiah, Hashum, Bezai, Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai, Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir, Meshezabel, Zadok, Jaddua, Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah, Hoshea, Hananiah, Hasshub, Hallohesh, Pilha, Shobek, Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah, Ahiah, Hanan, Anan, Malluch, Harim, Baanah.
Nehemiah 10:1-27 NASB
A lot of names, but they represent their commitment. They were absolutely willing to put their name down that they were 100% going to follow what God had for them. And the list of names started with their leader Nehemiah. Not only was he the first to get things moving in the right direction, but he was also first to admit his areas of opportunity and his sins and first to sign up for repentance.
If we are leading others or are in positions of authority, we have to be willing to be vulnerable and recognize when we have slipped and fallen. We have to be able to discuss our need for repentance just like everyone else needs repentant. Nehemiah did that, along with all the other leaders. They signed their names freely and willingly to this document to show us the depth of their repentance and the level of their commitment to God going forward.
They were willing to say, “I will follow you God wherever you take me.” What is the depth of our repentance and commitment to God today?