Nehemiah 13

Introduction I wonder whether you feel sorry for Nehemiah? Do you have any sympathy for him? In chapter 1, we read how he wept when he heard the news that the wall of Jerusalem was in ruins. In chapter 2, we read how he petitioned the king of Persia to let him return to Jerusalem … Continue reading Nehemiah 13

Nehemiah 11+12

Introduction Under Nehemiah's leadership, the people have rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem. Then they met in the city and listened to Ezra and the Levites as they read and explained God's word to them. They also celebrated the Feast of Booths and rejoiced before the Lord for bringing them back from exile to the Promised … Continue reading Nehemiah 11+12

Nehemiah 10

Introduction You'll recall that I said that the book of Nehemiah can be divided into two parts. The first part was all about the wall. The second part is about the people. The first part was about building up the wall of Jerusalem, which was in ruins when Nehemiah first arrived in the city. The … Continue reading Nehemiah 10

Nehemiah 09

Introduction Last week we read how God's people gathered in Jerusalem to listen to the reading of God's word; and then they celebrated the Feast of Booths and rejoiced before the Lord for bringing them back from exile to the Promised Land. In today's passage, we read how God's people once again gathered in Jerusalem. … Continue reading Nehemiah 09

Nehemiah 08

Introduction I mentioned last week that the book of Nehemiah can be divided into two main parts: chapters 1 to 6 were about the wall; whereas chapters 8 to 13 are about the people; chapters 1 to 6 were about building up the wall of Jerusalem; whereas chapters 8 to 13 are about building up … Continue reading Nehemiah 08

Nehemiah 07

Introduction The book of Nehemiah can be divided into two main parts: chapters 1 to 6 which we've already studied and chapters 8 to 13 which we'll study in the weeks to come. The first half of the book was about the wall; the second half of the book is about the people. The first … Continue reading Nehemiah 07

Nehemiah 06

Chapter 5 A lot of people were away last weekend, because of the Bank Holiday; or unable to be here, because of the marathon. And so, in order to let you catch up, I should explain that while Nehemiah 4 was about the trouble Nehemiah faced from outsiders, Nehemiah 5 was about the trouble he … Continue reading Nehemiah 06

Nehemiah 05

Introduction We've been studying the books of Ezra and Nehemiah for several weeks. The book of Ezra records for us how the Lord moved the heart of King Cyrus -- the king of the Persian Empire -- to let the people of Israel return to Jerusalem from their exile in order to rebuild the temple … Continue reading Nehemiah 05

Nehemiah 03+04

Introduction I've said often that the whole of the Bible from beginning to end is God's revelation to us of what God has done to deliver his people by his Son from their sin and misery in this present, evil age in order to bring them into his glorious presence in the world to come. … Continue reading Nehemiah 03+04

Nehemiah 01+02

Introduction We've spent a number of weeks on the book of Ezra and on how the Lord enabled his people to return to the Promised Land and to the city of Jerusalem to rebuild the temple which has been destroyed many years before, when the Lord -- in his anger -- sent his rebellious and … Continue reading Nehemiah 01+02