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Nehemiah: Let Us Rise Up and Build - Introduction to the Book - Nehemiah 1:1 - 4

Posted on January 13, 2019

Nehemiah: Let Us Rise Up and Build for the Furtherance of God’s Kingdom

Nehemiah 1; Matthew 6:33

Fast Facts about the Book of Nehemiah

  • Nehemiah means Jehovah Comforts” and he was a cupbearer for the king
  • Author is either Ezra or Nehemiah
  • Date of the writing: 446 B.C.
  • Historical Setting
    • Three Returns from Exile
      • First return – 515 B.C. led by Zerubbabel and Joshua– Ezra 1- 6
      • Second return – 458 B.C. – led by Ezra – Ezra 7-10
      • Third Return – 445 B.C. – led by Nehemiah– Nehemiah 1-13
  • Historical Notes

 

 

  • Themes of the book of Nehemiah
    • Seek God for your personal vision
    • Develop a determined obedience to carry out God’s vision
    • Learn how to deal with opposition God’s way
    • Read God’s Word with reverence to seek revival
    • Know that God is sovereignly in control
    • Build a team that can carry out God’s vision
    • Identify personally, with Nehemiah
    • Outline of the book of Nehemiah

Nehemiah casts a Vision for God’s Kingdom Work – Chapters 1 – 6

  • Nehemiah’s prayer of compassion – Chapter 1
  • Nehemiah’s prayer of compassion answered – Chapter 2:1-8
  • Nehemiah prepares to fulfill the vision – Chapter 2:9-20
  • Nehemiah delegates the work – Chapter 3:1-22
  • Nehemiah’s response to the external opposition – Chapter 4:1-21
  • Nehemiah’s response to internal opposition – Chapter 5:1-13
  • Nehemiah’s humble generosity – Chapter 5:14-19
  • Nehemiah’s response to personal attacks – Chapter 6:1-14
  • Nehemiah’s first phase of the vision completed – Chapter 6:15-19

Nehemiah calls for Revival and Restoration – Chapters 7-13

  • The restoration of the city – Chapter 7:1 – 73
  • The revering of scripture – Chapter 8:1-18
  • The revival of the Israelites – Chapter 9:1 -38
  • The renewed commitment to God and His Word – Chapter 10:1-39
  • The results of the census – Chapters 11:1 – 12:26
  • The recognition of the wall – Chapter 12:27-47
  • The reforms set forth by Nehemiah – Chapter 13

Today’s Message

Nehemiah cared enough to ask– 1:1-3

 

 

Application: Is our first response to a need for our neighbors and God’s Kingdom compassion ?

Nehemiah cared enough to weep – 1:4

 

 

Application: Do we comfort those by the comfort we have received by the Holy Spirit?

Nehemiah cared enough to pray – 1:5-10

 

 

Application: In our time of need do we invite God to intervene in the process?

Nehemiah cared enough to volunteer– 1:11

 

 

Application: Are we willing to do our part to help solve the need?

Key Thought: When you see the plight of the effects of sin around us, does that drive you to _apathy  or compassion ; action  or paralysis ?

Questions to Ponder this Week

  1. Do you understand the influence you have as God’s person where He has called you vocationally or relationally?
  2. When faced with the overwhelming needs of others, what is your first response to the situation?
  3. When your name is called to volunteer, will you respond to service motivated by your love for Christ?