Nehemiah: Let Us Rise Up and Build - Introduction to the Book - Nehemiah 1:1 - 4
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
- Three Returns from Exile
- 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
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
- Do you understand the influence you have as God’s person where He has called you vocationally or relationally?
- When faced with the overwhelming needs of others, what is your first response to the situation?
- When your name is called to volunteer, will you respond to service motivated by your love for Christ?