Chapter 2 continues Nehemiah’s story in three scenes: verses 1-8; verses 9-16; and verses 17-20. As you read them, picture each of these scenes visually as if they were a movie playing before you. Use the questions below to help you fill in details and the “actors” motivation.
- Scene 1, vs. 1-8 — Nehemiah tells us he’s afraid in vs. 2. What does he have to fear? Why do you think Nehemiah chose to approach the king in the manner he does? What does Nehemiah’s language and approach tell you about how Nehemiah prepared for this meeting? What risk is he taking?
- Scene 2, vs. 9-16 — Why do you think Nehemiah explores the city alone, on horseback at night? What is he hoping to learn by his ride? What risks is he taking? Avoiding?
- Scene 3, vs. 17-20 — How does Nehemiah approach the people? How does Nehemiah face his enemies?
- How are these 3 scenes similar? What do they tell us about Nehemiah’s character? What must Nehemiah believe about God to take these actions?
- What do these scenes tell you about leadership?
- How did God answer Nehemiah’s request in his prayer from chapter 1?
In what specific ways did Nehemiah demonstrate his dependence on God and how could you learn from them to confront a situation in your life with greater dependence on God?
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