One author likened the book of Nehemiah to a symphony with three movements —
#1 Nehemiah the Cupbearer,
#2 Nehemiah the Builder, and
#3 Nehemiah the Governor.
Now I don’t know if you like a symphony concert or not.
I have always found a symphony orchestra amazing.
The precision needed on the parts of so many people,
all under the direction of the conductor.
All eyes of the musicians focused on two things, their music and the conductor.
It is tempting to look at that and put a strong leader in the
conductor’s role. But as we shall see,
that is not necessarily where Nehemiah placed himself.