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April 8, 2016

Nehemiah – start date 4.8.2016

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<br /> Nehemiah<br />



1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,
2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,
5 And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments:
6 Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned.
7 We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses.
8 Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations:
9 But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there.
10 Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand.
11 O LORD, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. I was the King’s cupbearer.

A. vv. 1-4 The preoccupation of Nehemiah. He found out that the need in Jerusalem as great. He had a preoccupation with getting those walls rebuilt.
• What walls do we have that need to be rebuilt?
B. The prayer of Nehemiah
• For Nehemiah, prayer was a vital, daily occurrence. Nehemiah recognized God for who He is. Vv 6, Nehemiah prayed a prayer of repentance. He had never even been to Jerusalem, but he was praying for what the Jews had done. We are all the people of God, so he prays in “plural” (we….). Nehemiah was not personally involved, but since he was a Jew, he prayed for the Jews. Sin never affects us individually. Your sins will impact your family, your church, your community. That is why Nehemiah prayed with “We”.
C. V 10. He reminded God of His redemption
D. V 11. His request. As a “cupbearer” he was on the “inside”. He got to see the king daily, he had the king’s ear.

Nehemiah 2:11-20

Successful Service

Rev Mark Dooley

2.14.2016 (Valentines Day)

11 I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days 12 I set out during the night with a few others. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on.

13 By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire. 14 Then I moved on toward the Fountain Gate and the King’s Pool, but there was not enough room for my mount to get through; 15 so I went up the valley by night, examining the wall. Finally, I turned back and reentered through the Valley Gate. 16 The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, because as yet I had said nothing to the Jews or the priests or nobles or officials or any others who would be doing the work.

17 Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” 18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard about it, they mocked and ridiculed us.”What is this you are doing?” they asked. “Are you rebelling against the king?”

20 I answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to

The Jews had been taken into captivity by Babylon.

Now, Nehemiah has returned, and he is now the Builder of the Wall in Jerusalem.

1. Nehemiah’s EARNESTNESS. (Vv. 11-12). He didn’t even tell any one what he was doing. Sometimes we are put in the spotlight, but if that happens, we should never “want to be” recognized. Our goal is to serve God no matter what the cost. Be content in any situation. Serve God no matter what. Nehemiah did not seek glory, he wanted to serve God no matter what. Nehemiah prayed to figure out what God wanted him to do. 12 times in 13 chapters we find Nehemiah praying. Never serve God in an effort to gain glory.
2. Nehemiah’s EVALUATION. (Vv. 13-16). Nehemiah wanted to see things through his own eyes. He set out at night to look and see what the walls looked like.
3. Nehemiah’s EAGERNESS. (Vv 17-18). Nehemiah was not willing to settle for anything less than God’s best. He does not offer any awards or anything. Serving God should be reward enough. He is worthy of our service. We should be eager to serve God. We should desire to serve God.
4. Nehemiah’s ENEMIES. (Vv 19-20). We are battling Satan. His desire is to thwart our service.

  • • The tactic of ridicule. V. 19. Ridicule hurts. Ridicule is the weapon of those who have no other weapon.
  • • The tactic of THREAT. V. 19. He says “are you rebelling against the King?” We can’t allow threats to defeat us when we are serving God. The threats will come from “without” as well as “within”. 1 John 4:4. God who is within us is greater than the one who is in this world. The God of Heaven will give us success.

CHAPTER 4. 1. When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, 2 and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble—burned as they are?”

3 Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!”

4 Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. 5 Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of the builders.

6 So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.

7 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. 8 They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. 9 But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat.

10 Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.”

11 Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work.”

12 Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.”

13 Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. 14 After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”

15 When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work.

16 From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah 17 who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, 18 and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.

19 Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. 20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!”

21 So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out. 22 At that time I also said to the people, “Have every man and his helper stay inside Jerusalem at night, so they can serve us as guards by night and as workers by day.” 23 Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water.

The Enemy of Repair

Rev Mark Dooley

Nehemiah Is not only about repairing the ruins, is also about repairing our lives.

1. The enemy without. Verses 1-9
– Ridicule. Verses 1-6. The people who serve God will often face ridicule. A tool of the enemy.
– Threats. Verses 7-9. Nehemiah faced enemies in every direction, north, south, east, west. Nehemiah is not praying for himself, he is praying for the Glory of God.
2. The enemy within:
– Discouragement. Verse 10.
– Fear. Verses 11-13. Fear is a tool of the enemy. Whatever you fear today, give it over to Jesus.
3. Overcoming the Enemy. Verses 14 to 23.
– Encouragement. Verse 14
– Endurance. Verses 15-18.
– Teamwork. Verses 19 to 20. Our God will fight for us.
– Sacrifice. Verses 21 to 23. They worked hard and long. Workers at day, guards at night.

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