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Summary: Preparations for Rebuilding the Walls of Jerusalem

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Introduction:

Book of Nehemiah

One of my favorite books along with the Book of Acts,

Man’s faith and God in action.

Resume of Book:

Nehemiah’s prayer Neh.1

Artaxexes send Nehemiah to Jerusalem Neh.2 1-10

Nehemiah inspects the walls of Jerusalem Neh.2 11-20

Builders of the Wall listed Neh.3

Opposition to the rebuilding Neh. 4

Nehemiah helps the Poor Neh.5

Further Opposition to the Rebuilding Neh 6: 1-14

Completion of the Wall Neh. 6:15- 7:4

List of exiles who returned Neh.7:5- 73

Ezra reads the Law Neh.8

Israelites confess their sin Neh.9:1-37

The Agreement of the People Neh.9.38-10.38

The New Residents of Jerusalem Neh.11

Priests and Levites Neh.12:1-26

Dedication of the Wall Neh.12 27-47

Nehemiah’s Final reforms: Neh.13

BUILDING THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM

Jerusalem: symbolic of the Church:

Rev.21:2 & 2 Cor.11:2.

History:

Fall of Jerusalem: 587 BC

Exile 70 years

Rebuilding of Temple under Zerrubabel:520 BC

Between 458 and 445 BC jewish attempts to rebuild walls of Jerusalem.

Samaritans:

mixed race of Israelites and people Assyrian kings settled in Judea.

feud with Jews from at least 520 BC when Zerrubabel refused to allow them to help rebuilding the Temple.

Sanballat was governor of Samaria.

To me the Samaritans signifies

1. Compromise - Jews were forbidden to intermarry

2. Religious people are most difficult to win - have own ideas about building.

3. Opposition from religous to be watched out for. Jesus said: Not those who call me LORD LORD shall enter KINGDOM of HEAVEN but those who do will of my Father.: Matt.7:21.

Nehemiah:

Cupbearer to Artaxerxes I

Cupbearer: literally "the one giving to drink". The butler of Joseph’s pharoah was a cupbearer in the Vision of BAker and Butler Gen. 40.9.

Usually confidante and favorite of King.

Often foreigners.

Wielded a lot of political influence.

Actually would taste the king’s wine before the king himself, in case of poisoning!!

Governor of Jerusalem

Ruler of a district (eg Judea) under the King.

Form of Persian title Tirshatha derived from tarshta meaning "reverenced".

Political post of important standing.

Practical man

Used his position for God. Used his influence with the King.

Nehemiah shows that Christians can hold his secular positions and still be worth to God.

Rich man.

Planned what he wanted to do carefully with prayer and fasting.

THEN ACTION.

Faith into action: Jas. 2:14-23

So often said of Christians: They are so HEAVENLY minded that they are no EARTHLY use! We need to be ready to fulfil our prayers.

If we pray for someone to get saved, is it just religious words - because we are meant to pray for people as christians or do we really feel for them.

"Don’t preach and try to convert someone unless you are first prepared to be his friend" - Anon.

Must be prepared to sacrifice time and comforts to fulfill what God lays on your heart.

It was an exciting, if dangerous time.

John 10.10 "I am come that you may have life and have it in abundance"

Vision:

Exciting when God gives you a Mission.

Matt. 28:19&20.

Build in Power of Holy Spirit Acts 2:8

Build friendships/Care for one another.


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