Search The Scriptures —Study 9 — Nehemiah 9:1-21

Study 9   From the Book of Nehemiah is: Nehemiah 9:1-21

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

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Search The Scriptures —Study 8 — Nehemiah 8

Study 8  From the Book of Nehemiah is: Nehemiah 8

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

Notes

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

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Search The Scriptures —Study 7  — Nehemiah 7

Study 7  From the Book of Nehemiah is: 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; Lk. 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. Ezr.2:62, 63. The need was for a priest able to obtain guidance to decide whether these men were entitled to enjoy priviledges as priests or not. For an example of the way in which Urim and Thumim were used, see 1 Sam. 14:41.

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Search The Scriptures —Study 6 — Nehemiah  6

Study  6 From the Book of Nehemiah is: 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 (Gn. 3:1-5). Do you ever parley 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 as a shield about him. What may we learn from this?

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

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Search The Scriptures —Study 5 — Nehemiah 5

Study 5 From the Book of Philippians is: 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 which others do as a matter of course? Cf. verse 15 and 1 Cor. 8:13.

Note. Verse 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 property, and even the persons of the debtors whenever their demands were not met.

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Search The Scriptures —Study 4 — Nehemiah 4

Study 4  From the Book of Philippians is: Nehemiah 4

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

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Search The Scriptures —Study 3 — Nehemiah 3

Study 3  From the Book of Philippians is: 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 as this time.)
  2. Note how all classes in the city took part in the work, each being assigned his special place and task. What may we learn from this chapter of the value of (a) thorough organization, and (b) willing co-operation on the part of all?

Notes

  1. Verse 5. The word ‘Lord’ should probably be ‘lord’, the reference being to Nehemiah. For the metaphor see Je. 27:12.
  2. The century Bible divides the chapter as follows: Verses 1-5, the north and north – west wall; verses 6-12, the west, the west wall; verses 13, 14, the south wall and gates; verses 15-27, the south-east wall and gates; verses 28-32, the north-east wall.

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