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Compromise Recommended but Refuted - 2017-07-26 12:00:00
Paul Warned By the Christians - 2017-07-25 12:00:00
Paul’s Determination & Warning from Agabus - 2017-07-25 12:00:00
Paul Shares About Giving - 2017-07-24 12:00:00
Paul’s Warning to the Ephesian Elders - 2017-07-24 12:00:00
Paul–An Example of Faithfulness - 2017-07-23 12:00:00
Paul’s Determination To Go To Jerusalem - 2017-07-23 12:00:00
When, Where, How & How Long to Worship - 2017-07-22 12:00:00
Discipleship Despite Difficulties - 2017-07-22 12:00:00
Results of Religious Greed - 2017-07-21 12:00:00
Beware of Cult Practices - 2017-07-20 12:00:00
Miracles Performed by Paul for Authentication - 2017-07-19 12:00:00
The Holy Spirit is a Person - 2017-07-19 12:00:00
Tactfulness–Words That Work Mightily - 2017-07-18 12:00:00
God Works His Will in His Servants - 2017-07-18 12:00:00
Paul’s Roman Citizenship On Trial - 2017-07-17 12:00:00
Paul Adapts to His Audience - 2017-07-17 12:00:00
Religion ... Ridicule ... Results - 2017-07-16 12:00:00
Obstacles that Hinder the Work of the Lord - 2017-07-15 12:00:00
Paul & Silas – Trust God’s Strategy for Ministry - 2017-07-14 12:00:00
Paul’s Ministry Produces "People” Change - 2017-07-13 12:00:00
Paul & Silas – Praising God While In Prison - 2017-07-12 12:00:00
Paul & Timothy – New Ministry Duo - 2017-07-11 12:00:00
Paul – Flexibility in the Itinerary - 2017-07-11 12:00:00
Paul and Barnabas Disagree About John Mark - 2017-07-10 12:00:00
Jerusalem Council–Decisions for Unity - 2017-07-09 12:00:00
Jerusalem Council–Decisions Based on God’s Word - 2017-07-09 12:00:00
Jerusalem Council–Discussion Re: Moses’ Law - 2017-07-08 12:00:00
Jerusalem Council–Divisions Re: Circumcision - 2017-07-08 12:00:00
Paul and Barnabas Share their Ministry with Supporters - 2017-07-07 12:00:00
From "God” to "Stoning” – Paul Still Committed to Preach - 2017-07-07 12:00:00
Paul and Barnabas Refute People’s Worship - 2017-07-06 12:00:00
Opposition/Rejection From the Iconium Crowd - 2017-07-06 12:00:00
Gentiles Receptive to Paul’s Message – Jews Become Envious - 2017-07-05 12:00:00
Paul Preaches the Gospel Including Christ’s Resurrection - 2017-07-04 12:00:00
Paul and Barnabas Say Farewell to John Mark - 2017-07-03 12:00:00
Barnabas and Saul Commissioned for Missionary Service - 2017-07-02 12:00:00
Saul (Paul) Confronts a Sorcerer at Cyprus - 2017-07-02 12:00:00
Prayers Answered – Oh We of Little Faith! - 2017-07-01 12:00:00
God’s Judgment on King Herod (Agrippa I) - 2017-07-01 12:00:00
Continual Prayer Brings Results - 2017-06-30 12:00:00
Barnabas Seeks Saul to Help with Discipleship - 2017-06-29 12:00:00
Antioch Believers Send Encouragement to Jerusalem - 2017-06-29 12:00:00
Peter’s Defense to the Legalists - 2017-06-28 12:00:00
Peter Preaches to Cornelius Household - 2017-06-27 12:00:00
Peter Meets Corneilius - 2017-06-26 12:00:00
God’s "Gentile” Message to Peter through Visions - 2017-06-25 12:00:00
Cornelius–A Religious Man on a Mission for God - 2017-06-24 12:00:00
Peter Used by God in Joppa to Heal Beloved Dorcas - 2017-06-23 12:00:00
Previous Persecutor Begins Preaching Ministry - 2017-06-22 12:00:00
Ananias is Available to Disciple Saul–a New Believer! - 2017-06-21 12:00:00
Saul’s "Damascus Road Conversion” to Paul - 2017-06-20 12:00:00
Ethiopian Eunuch Evangelized by Philip - 2017-06-19 12:00:00
Simon Seeks and is Denied the "Spiritual” Gift of Healing - 2017-06-18 12:00:00
Persecution Scatters Believers / Philip Boldly Preaches - 2017-06-17 12:00:00
Stephen’s Sermon–The Bold Conclusion! - 2017-06-16 12:00:00
Stephen Stoned to Death for his Faith - 2017-06-16 12:00:00
Stephen’s Sermon–Moses’ Mandate From God - 2017-06-15 12:00:00
Stephen’s Sermon–Moses Identifies with God’s Chosen People - 2017-06-14 12:00:00
Stephen’s Sermon–Abraham’s Promised Descendents - 2017-06-13 12:00:00
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A suggested outline for the book is:

  1. The work of construction (chapters 1-7).
  2. The work of consecration (chapters 8-10).
  3. The work of consolidation (chapters 11-13).

Nehemiah - The Building of the Walls

  • Most Bible expositors agree that Nehemiah authored the book that bears his name. Nothing much is known about Nehemiah’s childhood, youth, or family background, except that his father’s name was Hachaliah (1:1) and his brother was Hanani (1:2).
  • Nehemiah had risen to a position of prominence in his pagan environment. He was serving King Artaxerxes as his personal cupbearer (1:11). This position was a responsible one (certifying that none of the wine the king drank was poisoned) and an influential one (since such a trusted servant often became a close advisor).
  • The book of Nehemiah records not only the physical rebuilding of the wall but also the spiritual restoration of the people. Nehemiah desired the approval of God more than the approval of people.
  • Nehemiah was a man of prayer. Ten recorded prayers range from the quick “arrow prayer” (6:9) to the Bible’s longest recorded prayer (9:5-38). There are prayers of confession and repentance, prayers of praise and adoration, prayers of supplication in weakness, and prayers for God’s judgment on the enemies.
  • God’s hand of judgment fell on Israel because of their sin, which was characterized by idolatry and immorality. The northern kingdom fell to Assyria in 722 B.C. and the southern kingdom was taken into captivity in 786 B.C.. In 539 B.C., the power of Babylon was broken by the Medes and Persians, and at that time many Jews returned to their homeland.
  • Several years later, in 468 B.C., a second group of Jews returned, led by Ezra (Ezra 7:1-10). They found Israel in a bad state of spiritual and moral decline. The Jews had intermarried with the unbelieving peoples of the surrounding nations and were participating in their pagan practices. However, through Ezra’s faithful teaching ministry, the majority of these people turned from their sins and once again followed God’s will for their lives.
  • Fourteen years after Ezra’s return to Jerusalem, Nehemiah came on the scene and rebuilt the walls. He demonstrated unmatched skills in leadership and organization, and in fifty-two days the wall was completed.
  • This book was the last recorded history of Israel in the Old Testament before the silent years.
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