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Welcome, my friends. Now, let's learn how to 'rebuild the ruins'.
Now, a chapter by chapter observation for a 'second read' of the Book of Nehemiah.
From Chapter 1, we get a great idea of the selfless character of the man, Nehemiah. Nehemiah was a Jew. He was an important servant of the king of Persia (Nehemiah 1:11). Many years earlier the Persians had defeated the Babylonians. Then the Persian king had allowed the Jews to return to Judah from the Babylonian exile. Some of the Jews had gone, but many of them still lived in Persia. Nehemiah was probably born in Persia. The book starts when Nehemiah was in Shushan. The Persian kings had a palace there, which they used during the winter. The story of Esther in the Bible happened in Shushan (Esther 1:1-2).
Hanani, one of Nehemiah's brothers, visited him. He had come from Judah with some other men. Nehemiah asked them about the Jews who had escaped the exile. Also, Nehemiah asked Hanani and the other men about Jerusalem. They told Nehemiah about the Jews who had escaped, that they are now living in Judah. However, Nehemiah learned that they suffered much trouble and shame.
The walls of Jerusalem are now only heaps of stones, but, fire had burned the gates of the city.
Nehemiah asked them for news about Jerusalem, which was the capital of Judah. And even though Nehemiah
was probably born in Persia; and that he had never been to Judah, he cared about Judah. It was the country that God had given to his people, called the Jews. Nehemiah knew that the Jews had not obeyed God. So God had punished them. God had made them live far away from Judah in Babylon.
But after 70 years, God had allowed them to return. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Nehemiah probably hoped to hear good news. God’s people were living back in the country that God had given to them. Nehemiah wanted to hear that they were happy there. He wanted to hear that they were serving God. But his brother gave him bad news. The people were not happy. Moreover, the walls of the city were just heaps of stones. We can read more about this in the book of Ezra. The people from other nations that lived near Jerusalem opposed the Jews. They did not want the Jews to build the city again (Ezra 4:7-23).
From here, we began to see a lesson for ourselves. When we have a heart of concern for others, even strangers, then, God may just open a door of opportunity for us to be used by God for a 'blessing' for the Praise of the Glory of His Name - for Him. Let us learn more about this 'man', Nehemiah, who like the 'man' Joseph in our previous studies, was used mightily by God for the benefit of others. The least we can do, or, the most, is to pray for them.
Take you time and glance through the Book of Ezra as well as Esther, as well. You will get a better understanding as we discuss the 'final touches' through 'Nehemiah'. [See August 11, 2019 posts for outlines.] Amen. Amen.
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