Category Archives: Nehemiah

Nehemiah 9-13 — When the emotion fades

When I lived in Hawaii, I would sometimes go to church camps up in the mountains.  And they would be great times of worship and of teaching.  I would usually come back on a spiritual high, ready and willing to … Continue reading

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Nehemiah 9 — God’s grace in the midst of our unfaithfulness

In this passage, we see the people coming before God to confess their sins.  And in this prayer, we see two things.  The unfaithfulness of the Jews and God’s grace. The prayer starts with how God created everything, and then … Continue reading

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Nehemiah 8 – Joy

After the wall was built, the Jews came to celebrate the Feast of Trumpets as commanded by God in Leviticus 23. And on this day, Ezra the priest read the law of God to the people.  Several things strike me … Continue reading

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Nehemiah 7 — Remaining vigilant

The walls of Jerusalem were now completed.  But even so, Nehemiah refused to let his guard down.  He put two men he knew he could trust, his brother Hanani (who had told him of the troubles of Jerusalem in chapter … Continue reading

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Nehemiah 6 — Lies, discernment, and strength

With the walls near completion, the enemies of the Jews made one last attempt to stop the work. First, they tried to lure Nehemiah out of the city where they could ambush and kill him.  Four times they tried to … Continue reading

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Nehemiah 5 — Division

Satan wasn’t having any success trying to stop the Jews’ work on Jerusalem’s walls through outside attacks.  So he tried another tactic.  He brought division between the Jews themselves, namely between the rich and the poor. Essentially, the poor among … Continue reading

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Nehemiah 4 — Rebuilding in the face of opposition

Under Nehemiah, work on the walls of Jerusalem began.  But it wasn’t long before the opposition started.  We see this at the end of chapter 2 when the Jews’ enemies tried to accuse them of rebellion.  That accusation no longer … Continue reading

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Nehemiah 2-3 — Rebuilding the walls

Nehemiah had a massive task ahead of him as he looked to repair the walls around Jerusalem. But it was an important one.  As long as the walls were down, the Jews were defenseless against their enemies.  And so after … Continue reading

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Ezra 4:7-23; Nehemiah 1-2 — The power to change hearts

As I’ve mentioned earlier, the book of Ezra, at least by the interpretation I’ve been going by (namely that Xerxes and Artaxerxes are Xerxes I and Artaxerxes I respectively), is not chronological.  And chapter 4 of Ezra gives us the … Continue reading

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