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Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Are you blessed in every way? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show that our blessings needed to be brought before the King of kings for our protection from worldliness. IV. TEXT: Nehemiah 9:25-26 (New

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you blessed in every way?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that our blessings needed to be brought before the King of kings for our protection from worldliness.

IV. TEXT:

Nehemiah 9:25-26 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Our ancestors captured fortified cities and fertile land. They took over houses full of good things, with cisterns already dug and vineyards and olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. So they ate until they were full and grew fat and enjoyed themselves in all your blessings.

“But despite all this, they were disobedient and rebelled against you. They turned their backs on your Law, they killed your prophets who warned them to return to you, and they committed terrible blasphemies.

V. THESIS:

Our blessings needed to be brought before the King of kings for our protection from worldliness.

VI. TITLE:

Blessed in every way and yet disobedient and rebellious

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: uncertain. Autobiography of Nehemiah

B. Date written: 445 B.C. to 430 B.C.

C. Purpose: To document the political restoration of Judah, under Nehemiah's leadership

D. To whom written: Restored remnant in Jerusalem and future generations

E. Main themes:

Rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem

Rehearsal of certain divine laws

Restoration of ancient ordinances

F. Keyword: wall

G. Key verses:

Nehemiah 6:3 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

so I replied by sending this message to them: “I am engaged in a great work, so I can’t come. Why should I stop working to come and meet with you?”

Nehemiah 6:15-16 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

So on October 2 the wall was finished—just fifty-two days after we had begun.

When our enemies and the surrounding nations heard about it, they were frightened and humiliated. They realized this work had been done with the help of our God.

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. Blessed in every way

"Our ancestors captured fortified cities and fertile land. They took over houses full of good things, with cisterns already dug and vineyards and olive groves and fruit trees in abundance. So they ate until they were full and grew fat and enjoyed themselves in all your blessings."

1. Blessings enumerated:

a. Captured fortified cities and fertile land

b. Took possession of houses filled with all kinds of good things and wells already dug

c. Vineyards

d. Olive groves

e. Abundant fruit trees

f. Ate to the full

g. Enjoyed all GOD's blessings

2. Warnings against worldly fulness

Deuteronomy 32:15 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

“But Israel soon became fat and unruly; the people grew heavy, plump, and stuffed! Then they abandoned the God who had made them; they made light of the Rock of their salvation.

Matthew 6:25 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?

Revelation 3:17 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)


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