Aug 7, 2022
All the People Listened | Nehemiah 7:73-8:12
Series: Nehemiah
August 7, 2022: Today, we are re-introduced to Ezra, about twelve years after our first introduction to him in Ezra 7. He read the law publicly at the Feast of Trumpets. This reading required translation because many Israelites no longer understood Hebrew. Along with translation, explanation of the scriptures was also required. When the scripture is proclaimed, translated, and explained, people can understand, obey, and rejoice in God’s plan.
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  • Aug 7, 2022All the People Listened | Nehemiah 7:73-8:12
    Aug 7, 2022
    All the People Listened | Nehemiah 7:73-8:12
    Series: Nehemiah
    August 7, 2022: Today, we are re-introduced to Ezra, about twelve years after our first introduction to him in Ezra 7. He read the law publicly at the Feast of Trumpets. This reading required translation because many Israelites no longer understood Hebrew. Along with translation, explanation of the scriptures was also required. When the scripture is proclaimed, translated, and explained, people can understand, obey, and rejoice in God’s plan.
  • Jul 31, 2022Undistracted | Nehemiah 6:1-19
    Jul 31, 2022
    Undistracted | Nehemiah 6:1-19
    Series: Nehemiah
    July 31, 2022: As Nehemiah is working to build the wall around Jerusalem, he faces some of the same obstacles that we face today. Detractors try to get him away from where God has him working. False accusations are made about him. He even gets bad advice from a religious leader colluding with his enemies. Through it all Nehemiah manages to give glory to God. We must do so as well.
  • Jul 24, 2022A Widespread Outcry | Nehemiah 5:1-13
    Jul 24, 2022
    A Widespread Outcry | Nehemiah 5:1-13
    Series: Nehemiah
    July 24, 2022: Often, when times are tough, there are those who are willing to profit from other people’s desperation. The same thing happened during the time of Nehemiah. Jews were loaning money at interest, in violation of the law, and they were enslaving their fellow Jews. We learn, however, from God’s word that He expects us to show His generosity to those who are our neighbors.
  • Jul 17, 2022So We Prayed | Nehemiah 4:1-23
    Jul 17, 2022
    So We Prayed | Nehemiah 4:1-23
    Series: Nehemiah
    July 17, 2022: Often, while we are doing the Lord’s work, we will find ourselves at odds with the culture that surrounds us. Nehemiah experienced this through mocking. When that didn’t work, his enemies threatened violence. But God thwarted the plans of the enemies. He continues to do the same for those who trust Him.
  • Jul 10, 2022Let’s Start Rebuilding | Nehemiah 2:9-20
    Jul 10, 2022
    Let’s Start Rebuilding | Nehemiah 2:9-20
    Series: Nehemiah
    July 10, 2022: In obedience to God’s call on his life, Nehemiah went to Jerusalem. He encountered people who would oppose his work. He encountered a city that was destroyed. But Nehemiah was undaunted, knowing that God had called him to this task.
  • Jul 3, 2022Nehemiah’s Prayer | Nehemiah 1:1-2:8
    Jul 3, 2022
    Nehemiah’s Prayer | Nehemiah 1:1-2:8
    Series: Nehemiah
    July 3, 2022: Today, we are introduced to Nehemiah, the cup-bearer for King Artaxerxes. Nehemiah will use his influence to cause the city to be rebuilt. First, he engages in a time of prayer. Today, we examine that prayer.
  • Jun 26, 2022Ezra’s Prayer | Ezra 9:1-15
    Jun 26, 2022
    Ezra’s Prayer | Ezra 9:1-15
    Series: Ezra
    June 26, 2022: We first meet the title character of Ezra in Chapter 7. After reading his pedigree, we see that Ezra was sent by King Artaxerxes to check out the temple and bring his offering to God. When he arrives, he finds that some of those already living in Judea are violating God’s law. Today’s passage is Ezra’s public prayer to God expressing grief for the sins of Israel. We can learn from this prayer in our time as well.
  • Jun 19, 2022Together But Separate | Ezra 6:16-22
    Jun 19, 2022
    Together But Separate | Ezra 6:16-22
    Series: Ezra
    June 19, 2022: Today we examine two celebrations: the dedication of the second temple and the Passover. We will see how God’s people were united in worship and in their separation from the sinful practices of their neighbors.
  • Jun 12, 2022These Men Wouldn’t Stop | Ezra 4:24-5:5
    Jun 12, 2022
    These Men Wouldn’t Stop | Ezra 4:24-5:5
    Series: Ezra
    June 12, 2022: Today we observe that we must receive the Lord’s message, do the work that He has called us to, and be faithful to the finish.
  • May 29, 2022When the Enemies Heard | Ezra 4:1-23
    May 29, 2022
    When the Enemies Heard | Ezra 4:1-23
    Series: Ezra
    May 29, 2022: Today we see five ways that the enemy attempts to thwart the true worship of God. We see that the exiles returning to Babylon faced attempts to infiltrate their worship. They faced discouragement. Their past was used against them. Lies were told about them. Finally, force was used against them. We should be alert and prepared for the same obstacles to be used against us.