The people

Nehemiah never forgot the people, for that is why he was a leader. Yes, he went to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall, but the wall was to protect both the temple and the people, and even the temple was for the people. 
Therefore, when Nehemiah said that God put it into his heart to gather various leaders (Nehemiah 7:5), he also sought out a register of those who had returned from captivity, 

“And I found a register of the genealogy of those who had come up in the first return, and found written in it…” (Nehemiah 7:5b). He found this, “These are the people of the province who came back from the captivity, of those who had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and who returned to Jerusalem and Judah, everyone to his city. Those who came with Zerubbabel were Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, and Baanah…” (Nehemiah 7:6-7). The record also said, “The number of the men of the people of Israel…” (Nehemiah 7:7-63),

and it gave the number who made that first return, who had also lived in Jerusalem before the captivity. You may likewise work on great projects in your life as Nehemiah did, but do not forget the people around you, or all that you have done may be for nothing. 
 
 

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