In these final two chapters we first read of the Jews dedicating the restored walls of Jerusalem. Then we read of the dedication to God in a man like Nehemiah who tolerated no boldface trampling of God’s word.
Mere talk is cheap. What must happen to get professed believers to commit to what they claim to believe?! Here we see believers sign their names to their confession. But later we find some again abandoning God.
The seventh month was one of heartfelt compliance to the God given holy days. Now, after the final feast of the year, the Jews extended their worship and continued in assemble and stand with Scripture, then reform.
In Neh 7, with the wall rebuilt, Nehemiah puts two men over the safety of the city. In Neh 8, there is extraordinary attention to rebuilding the people through their Scripture, leading to remarkable actions.
Nehemiah faced conspiracies to assassinate him, to ruin his reputation, he faced intimidation, accusations, collaborators, traitors and corrupt religious scoundrels. All these could not stop him, he finished the wall!