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Samson Falls in Love - 2017-11-17 12:00:00
Sampson was Born - 2017-11-17 12:00:00
Israel’s Final Judge - 2017-11-16 12:00:00
Sampson’s Parents Make a Vow - 2017-11-16 12:00:00
War with Ephraim - 2017-11-15 12:00:00
Jephthah’s Military Strategy - 2017-11-12 12:00:00
Jephthah’s Call to Leadership - 2017-11-11 12:00:00
Servitude Under the Philistines and Ammonites - 2017-11-10 12:00:00
The Repentance of Israel - 2017-11-10 12:00:00
Abimelech Wanted to Get Revenge - 2017-11-09 12:00:00
The Renegade Who Lusted for Power - 2017-11-08 12:00:00
The Concluding Days of Gideon - 2017-11-07 12:00:00
Gideon’s Sense of Justice - 2017-11-07 12:00:00
The Defeat of Gideon’s Foes - 2017-11-06 12:00:00
Who is on the Lord’s Side? - 2017-11-05 12:00:00
Confirming the Will of God - 2017-11-04 12:00:00
Destroying the Pagan Altar - 2017-11-04 12:00:00
The Commission of Gideon - 2017-11-03 12:00:00
Conditions in Israel - 2017-11-02 12:00:00
Those Who Love Him Will Prosper - 2017-11-01 12:00:00
Israel’s Woman Liberator - 2017-10-31 12:00:00
Devine Testing of Israel - 2017-10-30 12:00:00
God’s Anger in Action - 2017-10-29 12:00:00
The Blessing Of a Repentant Generation - 2017-10-28 12:00:00
The Discipline For Disobedience - 2017-10-27 12:00:00
Promises of Blessing For Obedience - 2017-10-26 12:00:00
Special Times to Give The Land a Rest - 2017-10-25 12:00:00
Celebration of The Feast of Tabernacles - 2017-10-24 12:00:00
How to Celebrate The Day of Atonement - 2017-10-23 12:00:00
Pentecost Was The Completion of The Wheat Harvest - 2017-10-22 12:00:00
Days Set For National Public Worship And Sacrifice - 2017-10-21 12:00:00
Restrictions And Limitations Concerning Sacrifices - 2017-10-20 12:00:00
Penalties For Breaking His Laws - 2017-10-19 12:00:00
Law as it Relates to The Ten Commandments - 2017-10-18 12:00:00
Life is Found in The Blood - 2017-10-17 12:00:00
The Trespass Offering - 2017-10-16 12:00:00
The Burnt Offering - 2017-10-15 12:00:00
Paul’s Vision and Thorn in the Flesh - 2017-10-14 12:00:00
A Warning of Discipline - 2017-10-14 12:00:00
Paul’s Farewell Blessing - 2017-10-14 12:00:00
Sin in the Church - 2017-10-13 12:00:00
Paul’s Concern for the Corinthians - 2017-10-13 12:00:00
Paul’s Vision and Thorn in the Flesh - 2017-10-12 12:00:00
Boasting as a Fool - 2017-10-11 12:00:00
Suffering for Christ - 2017-10-11 12:00:00
Paul and the False Apostles - 2017-10-10 12:00:00
Self Appointed Teachers - 2017-10-10 12:00:00
Limits of Paul’s Authority - 2017-10-09 12:00:00
Paul Defends His Authority - 2017-10-09 12:00:00
Exhortation to Readiness - 2017-10-08 12:00:00
The Cheerful Giver - 2017-10-08 12:00:00
Collection For The Saints In Jerusalem - 2017-10-07 12:00:00
Giving is More Blessed Than Receiving - 2017-10-06 12:00:00
Christ Our Pattern - 2017-10-06 12:00:00
Godly Sorrow Produces Repentance - 2017-10-05 12:00:00
The Church Makes Paul Happy - 2017-10-04 12:00:00
Be Holy - 2017-10-04 12:00:00
Marks of the Ministry - 2017-10-03 12:00:00
Bringing People to God - 2017-10-02 12:00:00
Be Reconciled to God - 2017-10-02 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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