I have to say the list of names is not the first thing that gave me pause. It was the length of the passage! Verse 5 to 73? Really 73? Had to flip over to BibleGateway to check. Yep, 73 is it. Okay then, moving on.
Then my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles and the officials and the people to be enrolled by genealogy.
Nehemiah was to get all those people together. They were spread out; they had worked in small groups. They may have not even known how many they were who had served on this grand project.
But they had done hard things together: physical labor, faced unending opposition and spent hours in prayer. They had ALL experienced God with them and knew His help had allowed them to succeed. Now I think God wanted them to know He considered them faithful – sort of a “well done, good and faithful servants gathering”. In fact, he had kept a list…
Makes you wonder what Heaven is going to be like. All those people whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life – all together for the first time. Mind blowing, huh?