Contributed on Jan 29, 2013
Nehemiah's life is a lesson in leadership. Nehemiah did more than rebuild a wall; he helped restore a people from ruin and despair to new hope and a renewed walk with God.
Nehemiah is an appropriate book to study as we get into a new year. It is the story of a new beginning. Nehemiah saw the heart-breaking plight of Jerusalem and determined to be part of the solution. His life is a lesson in leadership. Nehemiah did more than rebuild a wall; he helped restore a ...read more
Contributed on Feb 4, 2013
We may have no walls to repair, yet many of us have faced the challenge of restoring a ruined life. Whatever we may encounter, we can find in Nehemiah’s quest the confidence to handle adversity with grace. We can expect God to act--to be present when tr
In the Army, we say that there are 3 kinds of people… -Those who make things happen; -Those who watch things happen; -Those who wonder, “What happened?” Nehemiah was a leader who--by God’s grace--made things happen. We may have no walls to repair, yet many of us have ...read more
Contributed on Feb 25, 2013
Prayer, preparation, and a passion for the cause of God are the keys to Israel's defense under Nehemiah.
We’re skipping over chapter 3, which consists of a roster of those engaged in the work effort. Nehemiah has his workers carefully organized to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. The Hebrew word for “rebuild” was also used for the healing of a wound. Nehemiah divides the work into ...read more
Contributed on Mar 3, 2013
God cares for the poor and oppressed; one of the most prominent themes in the Bible is our response toward the poor. It is the duty of God’s people to provide for those in need as best as we can with compassion, following the example of Nehemiah.
Nehemiah has resisted outward attacks, but now there’s corruption within. It’s been said that, “No test of leadership is more revealing than the test of opposition” (Boice). Nehemiah wasn’t expecting opposition from his own people. The outcry of the poor reached his ...read more
Contributed on Mar 18, 2013
The work on the wall is nearly done, so we see their four acts of desperation to defeat God’s work: 1. Assassination plot (1-4); 2. Scandalous rumor (5-7); 3. Trap to violate the Temple (10-14); 4. Threat letters (15-19)...and truth to follow when we fac
Our public schools have been dealing with the serious problem of bullying. Bullies are nothing new; we see examples of them in the Book of Nehemiah. As Nehemiah gets closer to completing the work on the wall of Jerusalem, the pressure and intimidation intensifies. The work was nearly done; all ...read more
Contributed on Apr 7, 2013
The wall of Jerusalem was rebuilt, but a strong defense wasn’t enough. After reconstruction comes reinstruction. Israel needed to be strong in the Lord, and for that to happen, they needed to be a “people of the book.” Exposition was followed by adorat
In review, Nehemiah has asked the king of Persia for support to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, and in spite of regional opposition and threats, the project was successful. For the first time the people of Jerusalem were able to live normal lives without fear of attack. However, ...read more