Nehemiah at some point in his governorship returned to King Artaxerxes, and later came back again to Jerusalem (see verses 6 and 7), only to find during his absence various abuses and backslidings had taken place.
- Note in this chapter: (a) five references to definite actions taken to deal with unsatisfactory features in the conduct and condition of the people, and (b) the way in which Sanballat and Tobiah succeeded at last in gaining a footing in Jerusalem. What may we learn from these?
- Have you the main sequence of events after the exile sorted out in your mind? In the light of 1 Cor. 10:11, what seems to you the main lessons to be learnt from this period in the history of God’s chosen people?