Nehemiah 9:1-21

 

  1. What marks do you find here of a genuine repentance? Cf.2 Cor. 7:10, 11.
  2. Meditate on God’s great kindness and many mercies, in spite of great provocation, as seen in this passage. How much cause have you for similar recollection, repentance and gratitude to God?

Nehemiah 8

  1. Chapters 8, 9 and 10 describe a remarkable revival. What was its first manifestation, and what further characteristic developed from this?
  2. Consider how great a change of heart had taken place since before the exile. Cf. Jer. 11:6-8; 32:36-40; Neh. 1:5-11. How are these verses an illustration of Ps. 119:71 and Heb.12:11?

Notes

  1. Verse 10.’Send some….’: cf. Deut. 16:11, 14; Est.9:19-22.
  2. Verse 17. The feast of Tabernacles had been observed (see, e.g., 2 Chr. 8:13), but not, it seems, the making of booths.

Nehemiah 7

  1. What further steps did Nehemiah take in ensuring an orderly life in Jerusalem? Why was Hananiah put in charge of Jerusalem? Remembering that you may be called to responsibility in your work for God, what are you doing to develop these same qualities?
  2. What makes a register of names so important? See verses 64, 65; and cf. Rev.20:15; 21:27; Luke 10:20.

Notes

  1. Verse 2. The ‘he’ refers to Hananiah. Possibly the appointment of two men in charge of the city means, as in 3:9, 12, that each was ruler of half the district of Jerusalem.
  2. Verses 64, 65; cf. Ezra 2:62, 63. The need was for a priest able to obtain guidance to decide whether these men were entitled to enjoy privileges as priests or not. For an example of the way in which Urim and Thummim were used, see 1 Sam. 14:41.

Nehemiah 6

 

  1. Nehemiah’s enemies now tried intrigue. The proposal to confer together is often an attractive one. What made Nehemiah persistently refuse it? Contrast Eve’s folly in discussing the question raised by the serpent (Gen. 3:1-5). Do you ever toy with questions that should never be allowed consideration?
  2. What were the special subtleties of the attempts to ensnare Nehemiah? Notice how Nehemiah’s singleness of purpose and loyalty to God were a shield for Him. What may we learn from this?

Note. Verse 5. ‘An unsealed letter’: so that others besides Nehemiah might see its contents.

 

Nehemiah 5

  1. What social evil did Nehemiah put right (see verses 1-13)? And how did he do it?
  2. What features of his conduct made Nehemiah an excellent governor? Are we developing similar characteristics?
  3. What considerations ought to keep God’s people from doing some things that others do as a matter of course? Cf. verse 15 and 1 Cor 8:13.

Note. Verses 1-5. The wealthier Jews were evidently demanding repayment at high interest of money lent by them to their poorer brethren, and were seizing the lands and even the person of the debtors whenever their demands were not met.

Nehemiah 4

 

  1. The successful progress of the work brought increasing opposition. Picture the characters concerned in the various scenes. What kind of discouragement did Nehemiah meet, and how did he deal with them?
  2. In verses 19-23 notice how Nehemiah shared in the hard work. Where did he plan to be if fighting broke out? What dose this teach us about leadership?

Nehemiah 3

  1. Contrast the busy scenes of this chapter with the picture of the walls and gates lying desolate, broken and burned, in 2:13, 14. What brought about the change? (Examine, if possible, a plan of the city at this time.)
  2. Note how all the different classes in the city took part in the work, each being assigned a special place and task. What can we learn from this chapter of the value of: (a) thorough organization and (b) willing co –operation by all?