Aug 28, 2022
Remember Me, O Lord | Nehemiah 13:4-31
Series: Nehemiah
August 28, 2022: Nehemiah comes back to Jerusalem after being away for a period of time. Most scholars think about ten years has passed. When he returns, he finds that a compromised priesthood has led to misuse of Temple facilities, an abandonment of temple worship by many, and improper political alliances. Nehemiah must clean house, and he does. Today, we look at the high priest Eliashib and see what happens when love of influence, money, and sex replace the love of God.
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  • Aug 28, 2022Remember Me, O Lord | Nehemiah 13:4-31
    Aug 28, 2022
    Remember Me, O Lord | Nehemiah 13:4-31
    Series: Nehemiah
    August 28, 2022: Nehemiah comes back to Jerusalem after being away for a period of time. Most scholars think about ten years has passed. When he returns, he finds that a compromised priesthood has led to misuse of Temple facilities, an abandonment of temple worship by many, and improper political alliances. Nehemiah must clean house, and he does. Today, we look at the high priest Eliashib and see what happens when love of influence, money, and sex replace the love of God.
  • Aug 21, 2022On The Wall | Nehemiah 12:27-43
    Aug 21, 2022
    On The Wall | Nehemiah 12:27-43
    Series: Nehemiah
    August 21, 2022: Today we learn about the dedication ceremony for the completed wall in Jerusalem. God’s people get to rejoice that He has overcome their enemies and completed the wall. This is a reminder that our enemy also has been defeated and we have cause to celebrate.
  • Aug 14, 2022A Covenant Life | Nehemiah 10:28-39
    Aug 14, 2022
    A Covenant Life | Nehemiah 10:28-39
    Series: Nehemiah
    August 14, 2022: The Israelites had come to a place where they were keenly aware of their sin and God’s grace in allowing them to return to their land and build the temple and the wall. Because of this, they decided to make a covenant to obey the particulars of the law and not to neglect the Temple. In their zeal to not offend God, they committed to honoring God in their relationships, their commerce, and their giving to the work of the Temple. Over the next 400 years, this would become a complicated legalistic system concerned only with outward appearance of religion. That is the system that was in place when Jesus was born.
  • 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.