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Summary: THE GOD OF NEHEMIAH'S FAITH

Nehemiah Ch 1 THE GOD OF NEHEMIAH'S FAITH

1. he prays to the God who is Present (everywhere.) Nehemiah is in Susa, and his project is far off in Jerusalem. But Nehemiah's God is the 'Lord God of heaven' (v 5a). And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, He knows the intimate details of : - Nehemiah's prayer, Susa's politics , and Jerusalem's problems. 2. he prays to the God who is Powerful (all-powerful.) Nehemiah describes his God as the "great and terrible God" God's great power in: (a) Creation all the matter in the universe. (b) Redemption of Israel, of the World 3. he prays to the God who is Pre- eminent (an awesome God) Like Moses in the desert (Ex 3:1-5) 1.Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. 2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. and Isaiah in the temple (Isa 6:1-5), In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. 2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. 3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. 4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. 4. he prays to a God who is Purposeful (faithful): that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments: Deuteronomy 7:9 (quickview) , where Moses says, Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; 21, Thou shalt not be affrighted at them: for the LORD thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible. 5. he prays to a God who is Personal (He speaks) observe his commandments: v. 8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations: 6. he prays to a God who is Perceptive (he listens and sees) 6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, We can say that God has attentive ears and observant eyes. Whatever the challenges and trials ahead, Nehemiah knows from experience that God is only a prayer away, and that prayer profoundly changes situations and people. 7. he prays to a Pardoning God (moral) (vv 6c-8), and therefore to a God who forgives honest confessions of sin. When Nehemiah reminds himself of the kind of God he serves, he is also reminded of his own sins and the sins of his people. Rather than shrugging off this burden, he lays it out before God and confesses all to him. 8. he prays to a God who is Predominant Nehemiah was not free to leave Susa and travel to Jerusalem at his own pleasure. He was the king's cup-bearer (v 11). God who is Predominant Over human problems, political problems and natural problems


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