Well, when you read the quoted verse, you discover that, after a humble pray to God, Nehemiah tells us the real source of his authority: “I was cupbearer to the king.” It means that the enterprising Nehemiah was a foreign agent of the king of Persia, quite a surprising role model for an anti-Iranian president like Trump!
Indeed Nehemiah had used his proximity to Artaxerxes I to obtain the concession of Judea. Under his governorship, this far away region would be secured at last and reorganized to pay a more meaningful tribute.
Nehemiah being a Jew, he knew how to do it. Without war, the king of kings would avoid the risk of losing a territory which, since Cyrus the Great, was part of his patrimony. Nehemiah’s trick, as we know, was to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, theoretically to protect it against its Samaritan, Ammonite, Arab and Philistine enemies but, in fact, to take control of the now enlisted Jews. He did it physically thanks to the battlements surrounding the town, fiscally on the occasion of the entrances and exits of the city, and legally through a solemn recitation of the Law and an extraordinary focus on religious purity.
In brief, Nehemiah racketed the Jerusalemites. No doubt he made a fortune and was unpopular, too much of both probably: after 12 years, he returned to Susa, demonstrating that, more than anything else, he still was a foreign agent of the king of Persia. This one sent him back after a while. The province was in disarray, not producing the expected revenues. So Nehemiah took the strong measures which he needed to enforce his earlier tax oriented reforms.
Robert Jeffress is not he a strange pastor? Not only the building of walls, although biblical, is anti-Christian, but the reference he chose was politically inopportune!
So, this “private service” on Inauguration Day was a complete mistake. The Donald should have ended Robert Jeffress with one of his proverbial: “You’re fired!”.
Some of us are waiting for Schwarzenegger, his successor, to receive the Biblical 101 which will allow him to tell Trump: “For starting with a bad recruitment decision, terrible indeed, you’re terminated!”