(Nehemiah 13:21a). A person goes to jail because of a lapse of judgment in which he drank too much, drove, and ran over someone. In these three books we have the story of the way out of captivity, back to God. When had the first group of exiles gone back? True confession includes the offense. Notice the steps here. The first six chapters cover the reconstruction of the wall, while chapters through 13 deal with the reinstruction of the people. In verse 9 of chapter 2 we read: Then I came to the governors of the province Beyond the River, and gave them the king's letters. I then ask, “Is you sin serious.” Most answer, “No.” That is our problem. We learn, first of all, that the people were willing to work; second, that they became involved and immediately started doing something. Nehemiah says “and have not kept the commandments…which You commanded Your servant Moses.” The problem wasn’t some vague mistake. A real apology must include what you are apologizing for. Other peoples around them looked down on them. Patty Pell. This was an important issue. He has learned one of the greatest lessons that the Spirit of God can ever teach anyone: to say no when it needs to be said. Application: Prayer should become this natural to us. Then we confess. This satanic agency within man inevitably resists the work and the will and the ways of God. (Nehemiah 13:25 RSV). This story illustration will help kids learn about the brave work Nehemiah did and remind them that we can be brave, too. Now the king had sent with me officers of the army and horsemen. It began with the reading of the law, chapter 8, verses 5 and 6: And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people [this is the way to preach] for he was above all the people; and when he opened it all the people stood. Now this is always how any return to the grace of God must begin. He has performed miracles for them. There are many possible reasons for them. Neither Artaxerxes nor Ahasuerus are the names of this king. Just like the rebuilding of the city wall, spiritual restoration would involve all the people, not just Israel’s leaders. I would like to quickly describe these for your own edification, and we can draw the lesson from each at the same time. In the eleventh chapter is the recognition of gifts among the people. And if this gate is broken down so none of the rubbish can be cleansed away, this needs to be repaired. As you read through this chapter, you will find the names of these gates; the Hebrew names have great significance. Then we must find a job and work diligently at it. Every sin we commit is an instance of disobeying God’s law. Nothing is known of Nehemiah except what is written in the book bearing his name. To do what? They lived throughout the Persian Empire. When he appears before the king, the king notes the sadness of Nehemiah's face and asks what he wants. In chapter one … Since he was brothers with Nehemiah and Nehemiah was the king’s cup-bearer it would seem likely that they were not born in Jerusalem. But he didn’t. That is always a sure way to preserve the strength that God gives you. Nehemiah began the work of rebuilding the city of Jerusalem. We need to rebuild the old gates of truth. The cross must be at the beginning and the end of every life. Arise is a study of the book of Nehemiah. Question: "Who was Nehemiah in the Bible?" When had the first group of exiles gone back? He already has a great concern and knowledge of the Jews' problems. In verse 28 we read: And one of the sons of Jehoiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, was the son-in-law of Sanballat the Horonite; [So what did he do with him?] Workbook on Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther Page #4 Bible Study Questions on Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther Introduction: This workbook was designed for Bible class study, family study, or personal study. We should mourn with those who mourn. I was serving the king with … Jan 24, 2015 - This Pin was discovered by Janine Taylor. He found that the priests had been cheated, so he restored the money that belonged to them. Have you looked at the possibilities that God gave you in your life, and seen how far you have deviated from that potential? The book of Nehemiah was written by, wait for it, Nehemiah, between 445-425 BC. The class book is suitable for teens and up. It is even possible that Nehemiah commissioned them with this task and they were coming back to Babylon to give Nehemiah a report. He spent a lot of time before the Lord praying about it and searching for God’s will about what he could do. (2 Timothy 1:6) If you want to retain your strength, start using what God has given you. Where can we learn about that? Second wave under Ezra (455 BC) is found in Ezra 7-10. E-book: If this study is helpful for you, get the whole Nehemiah study in one convenient e-book. Do you remember how the Lord Jesus said to his disciples, "Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men"? Well, I suggest that it represents truth. That is truth. therefore I chased him from me. What does Nehemiah remind the Lord of in verse 10? Help us continue to create Bible study resources by supporting Study and Obey for as little as $1..fusion-button.button-2{width:auto}Support. Most Bible expositors agree that Nehemiah authored the book that bears his name. you have it in the next verse: Now I was cupbearer to the king. Just as with Samuel, Kings and Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah were originally one book in the Hebrew Bible. Believers are to get down on their knees to approach God and then get up from their knees to go out into the world to serve Him. After this, the people celebrated the Feast of the Tabernacles, when Israel dwelt in booths made of tree boughs to remind them that they were simply strangers and pilgrims on earth. He doesn't rush out and get all the people excited to build the walls. Tweet. This doesn’t mean that all trials are the result of sin. We are not to roll around on the ground all the time saying, “Woe is me.” We see that Nehemiah quotes God’s promise to bring them back to the land if they return to Him and keep His commandments (in other words, if they confess/repent.) "What's the good word for today?" He fasted. Audio and manuscripts are available for each lesson. He wept/mourned/fasted/prayed for days. I had not been sad in his presence before, 2 so the king asked me, “Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill?