Rev. George R. Dillahunty
Kingdom Glory Internet Church
685 Grant Avenue
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452-3047

November 13, 2008

Text: Nehemiah 1:1-3 (King James Version)

"The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachalia. And it came to pass in the month of Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace, (v. 2) That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. (v. 3) And they said unto me, íThe remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.í"

Topic: Nehemiah - The Problem Solver!

There is one thing that we can say for certain about problems - each and every one of us has at least one! I have problems - you have problems - and, everyone within the sound of my voice - everyone who is reading this sermon - is dealing with some type of problem at this very moment - right now! Some of us are dealing with spiritual problems - some of us are dealing with family problems - some of us are dealing with work-related problems - some of us are dealing with physical problems - some of us are dealing with emotional problems - and, many of us, today, are dealing with financial problems! Somne of our problems are relatively minor, others demand our attention every moment of our lives! Most of our problems, however, lie somewhere in between! Some of us are currently dealing with problems where there doesnít seem to be any way out - where there doesnít seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel - and, right now, you are running on an empty tank!

Nehemiah was a man with a huge problem who dealt with it in a godly way; and, I absolutely believe that the written Word of Almighty God - the Holy Bible - can help us to better deal with the problems that we have! Nehemiahís story, I believe, will help us to clearly see the way to resolving our own problems! Nehemiah was a Jewish man who served as cupbearer for the King of Persia - most likely an advisory position, or possibly the one who tasted the food before the king to make sure it wasnít poisoned. For our purposes, we need to know that Nehemiah was a Jewish man who was living away from his homeland!

One day, our Holy Scripture text, for today, tells us that Nehemiahís brother came to bring him some very bad news! It would be hard to imagine much worse news coming to Nehemiah on that day! His own people were in deep trouble; the walls that enclosed their city had been torn down, leaving them unprotected from the forces that wished for their demise. Although the Temple had been rebuilt, as recorded by Ezra, the walls of the city of Jerusalem were still in ruins because of the laziness of the people! And, here, we find Nehemiah, employed by a pagan king, miles away from home, with a burning desire to solve the problem of his