The message of Nehemiah is restoration. The book records how God moved Nehemiah to lead the people to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in approximately 446 BC. As the story unfolds, we see God restore godly leadership to Israel, restore the walls of Jerusalem, restore the broken faith of the people, restore a sense of community and heritage as God’s people, and restore the people’s knowledge of the God’s word and their desire to love and obey Him.
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Teacher: Krisan Marotta on September 13, 2006. The book of Nehemiah teaches much biblical leadership, community and serving the body of Christ.
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on September 20, 2006. Nehemiah is caught in the tension of two worlds: cup-bearer to the king and brother to the exiles.
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on September 27, 2006. Nehemiah faces three moments where he must rely on the word of God and speak out boldly.
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on October 4, 2006. In chapter 3, the community is diverse and inclusive and begins serving God by working where God has already put them. In chapter 4 the community faces opposition, including their own internal voices of ridicule and shattered faith.
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on October 11, 2006. In chapter 5 Nehemiah rebukes the wealthy for taking advantage of the poor and calls them back to fearing God. In chapter 6 Nehemiah’s enemies seek to kill him and he resists because he knows that God is fighting for him. The wall is finished.
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on October 18, 2006. In chapter 7 the wall is finished. The city is safe, but not yet “alive” again. In chapter 8 the people long to know God so they ask Ezra the priest to teach them the Law.
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on October 25, 2006. The people acknowledge they are sinful like every generation before them. God is faithful, while they are faithless.
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on November 1, 2006. The people vow to keep God at the center of their lives as they move back into Jerusalem both by choice and by draft.
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on November 8, 2006. The people joyously dedicate the wall of Jerusalem with a parade of song and thanksgiving.
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on November 15, 2006. Years later Nehemiah returns to Jerusalem to find the people have broken their vows.
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