nehemiah 2 sermon

In the month of Chislev (kiz-lev), in the twentieth year, while I was in Susa the capital, 2 one of my brothers, Hanani (hah-nay-nee), came with certain men from Judah; and I asked them about the Jews that survived, those who had escaped the captivity, and about Jerusalem. In verse 1 we see that this took place in “Nisan” which spans parts of March and April. Cox writes: The new design called for a two-inch webbed strap. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace." Praying and Planning Go Hand in Hand. Maybe that’s a spouse. Home >> Bible Studies >> Nehemiah >> Nehemiah 2:1-18 These small group studies of Nehemiah contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. So they strengthened their hands for [this] good [work]. Nothing happened and the stranger looked around for a mule named Buck. With that in mind, let’s see how God answered Nehemiah’s prayer in Nehemiah, chapter 2. Millions of Americans find themselves facing the greatest struggles of their lives today, squeezed financially by rising energy costs, rising unemployment rates, fears of a national recession – or even a depression. Select an option and chat directly with a member of our support team. Chapter 2. 17 Then I said to them, "You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Nehemiah, a Jewish descendant of Babylonian exiles, had earned the trusted position of cupbearer to King Artaxerxes of Persia. Because of his genuine answer, and because God was truly in control, we see Artexerxes ask him in verse 4 what his request is. It adds up to a shocking new way of life: These are “Lean Times.”. Work? Nehemiah is purposeful with his words in this exchange. Lord gave you an opportunity to advance His kingdom, what aspects of “staying in the Persian palace” would be most tempting? It depicts Nehemiah as a model leader - humble, trusting God, willing to act, carefully planning his project, and wisely sharing both his vision and faith with the leaders and the community of God’s people. v. 16). Free shipping on books, Bibles, gifts, VBS and Church Supplies of $50 or more. It depicts Nehemiah as a model leader - humble, trusting God, willing to act, carefully planning his project, and wisely sharing both his vision and faith with the leaders and the community of God’s people. And the world remembers that through his incredible ability to dream the dream … and cast the vision … Walt Disney had already enjoyed Disney World, though he wasn’t even alive when the gates opened for the first time. On Monday and Tuesday many students were frustrated with this portion of our schedule, but by the time Wednesday and Thursday came around, nap time was right up there with recreation and dinner time on the priority list! Nehemiah’s request was well thought out as we see in verses 5-8. That our private prayer time and quiet time would overflow into our public life, not for show or for our own glory but for the glory of God and for the advancement of the Gospel. You make an accurate assessment of where you are, and you come up with a plan. Maybe rising prices are affecting your team at work. Nehemiah is compelled to ac and he calls upon others to join him as we see in verse 17 as he calls others to rebuild Jerusalem’s wall so that they will no longer be a disgrace. He slept in an attic with two other boys from the slums. What we are going to begin to see tonight is that the King answered Nehemiah’s request to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the wall and Nehemiah began to survey the walls after taking some time to rest. The man thanked the farmer, then said, “But I’m really curious. Whatever it is, casting the vision is incredibly important. There are a great many applicable points from the first chapter of Nehemiah, and as we dive into chapter 2, we see that God is ultimately in control - even in situations involving secular earthly powers. The children were told to draw a detailed picture of a man. Several mission trips that I had the opportunity to go on in Jr. High and High school were through Leaders in Training and part of our daily schedule was a “nap” time. Life resurrected from an acre of death. Maybe it’ll be friends who become your prayer partners. His mission was to restore Jerusalem to a place that was pleasing to God. There are a number of application points to us today, but we continue on with verses 11-20 to see Nehemiah surveying the walls of the city. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. The most-sacred symbol in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is a tree: a sprawling, shade-bearing, 80-year-old American Elm. This sermon focuses on Nehemiah's willingness to risk everything in order to see God's will be done. There were enemies there! In verses 17-18 Nehemiah calls on his fellow Israelites to help in this task. Sometimes our “quick prayers” happen whenever we are about to take a test and we pray “God if you will just help me get through this then I will do this and that” this is not what we see in Nehemiah’s prayer. See our holiday shipping schedule to receive your gifts on time. With a vision, anything is possible. Arborists carefully protect her. They used chisels and saws and hammers and pulleys. Your children? When l looked at the bible verses l felt unsure what to write about. Remember Walt Disney? Some pilots, instead of letting go, would keep a grip on the seat. Ordering Christmas Gifts? "what my God was putting into my mind to do" Nehemiah believed that YHWH was guiding his thoughts and actions. Whenever we act according to God’s will, other people take notice. Shea Sumlin. This theme comes from the book of Nehemiah (2:20), which describes how God led the people of Israel in the task of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on. This event happened at a time when the captivity of the Jews had already come to an end. The parachute would remain trapped between the seat and the pilot's back. The key, from Nehemiah chapter 2, is to remember who our God is. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. Nehemiah, the cupbearer to Artaxerxes I of Persia. NEHEMIAH CHAPTER 2 Faith Translated into Action 2. Whether it be at work or with our families, there will come a time and it will require us to stick our necks out. tell us (believe it or not, we will study that passage in a couple of weeks on Sunday morning!). If your mule’s name is Dusty, why did you say ‘Pull, Buck’ and ‘Pull, Clyde’? Then I was very much afraid.” A) BURDEN FOR SOULS B) FAVOR COMES … The officials did not know where I had gone or what I had done; nor had I as yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials or the rest who did the work. Thriving in the midst of “lean times” is a matter of having a solid foundation of faith – your place to “lean” – and working hard as God gives you the opportunity. 2:12 This relates Nehemiah's initial secret inspection of the walls (cf. What walls and gates need work in your life? A couple of things to ponder as we close: What things in your life should concern you more than they do? 2. Hamilton, J. M., Jr., Platt, D., Akin, D. L., Merida, T., & Akin, D. (2014). How can you put that enticement in the proper perspective? “We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it.”. Confronting Failure with Faith. God’s name is now at stake in the lives of His people, who are the new temple of the Holy Spirit. Text: Nehemiah 2:1-20. He wasn't paid anything but the editor praised him for his writing. Do you need to put guards over your eyes and ears and be more strict about what kind of music you listen to or what movies or shows you watch? Rest is certainly an important part of your schedule as a child of God. Nehemiah answers by saying that he is sad because his homeland is in shambles of its former glory. “The God of heaven will give us success,” Nehemiah said (2:20). That one little compliment caused him to wander aimlessly through the streets with tears rolling down his cheeks. If God calls you to a heroic task, expect to work like a hero. Or other family. In lean times, the last thing we need is discouragement. Someone has said, Ideals are like the stars. When Disney World first opened, Mrs. Walt Disney was asked to speak at the Grand Opening, since Walt had died. And if you dare ask God to answer your prayer, you might as well expect the same thing. I hope it is a help and blessing to you in your ministry or personal study. There was only Dusty, who wasn’t moving. How Nehemiah wrestled with God and prevailed we read in the foregoing chapter; now here we are told how, like Jacob, he prevailed with men also, and … I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. Or maybe it’s a new call on your life for ministry. He was by far one of the best leaders in all of history. II. Sometimes we look down upon quick prayers because we can think that long prayers with academic words are “better” for some reason. Our gracious God and loving heavenly Father, we thank You for the provision of the abiding and altogether true word of God. Then they said, “Let us arise and build.” So they put their hands to the good, But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard, they mocked us and despised us and said, “What is this thing you are doing? Whether it be a foreign power leading God’s people into exile or a foreign ruler trusting a person of God to be his cupbearer, God has a plan even though we can’t always see it. last week and saw that he received news about the situation in Jerusalem in “Chislev” which represents November/December. Finally, I turned back and reentered through the Valley Gate. He was a man of prayer, but also a man of action. Block by block, each stone was back in place on the wall. we learned that he was a student of Scripture and that he passionately loves God’s people/kingdom. 18. I said to the king, “Let the king live forever. I had not been sad in his presence before, 2 so the king asked me, “Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? Timothy McVeigh parked his death-laden truck only yards from her. Nehemiah rode on a horse at night and looked at the condition of the walls and gates of Jerusalem. So the king said to me, “Why is your face sad though you are not sick? That’s love.”, Chrissie (6 years old) “Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French Fries without making them give you any of theirs.”, Elaine (5 years old) “Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.”. [A new window will open. Her speech? So I came to Jerusalem and was there three days. For those who love God’s name, this is unacceptable. so that whenever this conversation took place, he would be able to make his requests known. Nehemiah was by far one of the best leaders in all of history. It turns out that as one man helps another man achieve his dreams, his purpose, in essence, he is also being helped, at the same time, to achieve his own, God-given purpose. Nehemiah Sermon Outlines. We will be tempted to stay in our comfort zones whenever the time comes for us to make a stand in our faith. But not one is equally cherished. The enemies of Nehemiah threw the king’s title into the conversation, implying that the work of Nehemiah’s people could get them into serious, serious trouble. * Indicated Required Field See our Privacy Policy. It is interesting to note how God can use godless nations and rulers to accomplish His will and His plan. This chapter is packed with action. Verses 9 and 10 show us that Nehemiah had a military escort. Nehemiah did not have the time to utter such a prayer, but whenever this intense situation arose, Nehemiah’s thought went to God. Nehemiah is not sad because he is a part of a coup attempt to overthrow Artexerxes, he is genuinely sad and has a genuine reason to be. When they had finished they were told again given the same colorless order: "Now draw another man, this time better than the last." What a fabulous example of how to get something done. This is nothing but sadness of heart.” Then I was very much afraid. Relationships can hit hard times, grief can leave a person in emotional ruins, and disease can attack with the fury of an armed enemy. Last week we began our study of the book of Nehemiah by looking at chapter 1 to see the background of both Nehemiah and the state of the city of Jerusalem. In our text today, Nehemiah was risking his life and this king was a true dictator with absolute power in the Persian court. And one year, the support staff whipped the marketing department soundly. Ezra was ashamed to ask the king for a military escort (, ), but Nehemiah made use of one. Speak now, for your servant is listening. 13 By night I went out through the Valley Gate toward the Jackal Well and the Dung Gate, examining the walls of Jerusalem, which had been broken down, and its gates, which had been destroyed by fire. What Nehemiah does in verse 3 is he affirms his loyalty for the king and he explains his sadness. (Proverbs 29:18, KJV). Notice Nehemiah was deeply concerned about God’s cause. In Nehemiah 5, Nehemiah faced internal challenges, while in Nehemiah 6 he faced external ones. We know that opposition is coming our way, as we see in verses 19-20. He could have rested like Ezra did and met with the leaders of the Jewish community. Two seconds after ejection, the electronic take-up reel would immediately take up the slack, and force the pilot forward out of his seat, thus freeing the parachute. He responds by stating that God will give them success and they do not have heritage or right on Jerusalem; Sermon on the Passage. Nehemiah 2:2 “So the king said to me, "Why is your face sad though you are not sick? She adorns posters and letterhead. Nehemiah had been praying, planning for this moment for a very long time. His malice killed 168 people, wounded 850, destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, and buried the tree in rubble. -Nehemiah 2:4. By the way, in Nehemiah 3, there is a report that some of the nobles of the area would not “put their shoulders to the work.” A noble who wouldn’t work? So I went out at night by the Valley Gate in the direction of the Dragon’s Well and. He had memorized much of the Old Testament. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem so that we will no longer be a reproach.”, I told them how the hand of my God had been favorable to me and also about the king’s words which he had spoken to me. Nehemiah and Ezra might encourage you, and provide the example, but sooner or later, you’ll have to bear down and do the work of thriving. Nehemiah started out to study where to rebuild old walls and where to construct new ones. Casting a vision is critically important. But Nehemiah steps up to the plate, right there. Other trees grow larger, fuller—even greener. Nehemiah 2:18 I also told them ... "No. At the right moment, however, there must be a vision cast if people are going to have any chance of achieving a future goal. Nehemiah proved himself to be a great leader and he models the principles of great leadership. Casting a vision might include cutbacks, new budget requests, or a creative solution to a new problem. You might be required to cast the vision for a team at work, or even for your church. Keep going in the direction God called you. (Nehemiah 2:13-15) Finally Nehemiah tells the leaders of Jerusalem why he is there. Sprouts pressed through damaged bark; green leaves pushed away gray soot. Ezra and Nehemiah provide the biblical background, for they led a people facing far more difficult circumstances to a point of great success – in their work, in their national identity, and in their new understanding of faith. Every student, every teacher, every worker needs to hear a constant message of encouragement. You don’t have to do it by yourself, either. Jesus was a man’s man, trained physically in Joseph’s carpentry shop, and trained so thoroughly in spiritual matters that he was amazing the scholars by the time he was a young teen-ager. Everyone else saw obstacles and he saw opportunities. Our knowledge of God’s Word without acts of love is useless and loving actions without knowledge are pointless. Today Disney World occupies 47 square miles, an area about the size of San Fransico! Please see below for details. So I went up at night by the ravine and inspected the wall. Abraham walked across entire nations, convinced to travel only by a dream, a vision, something mysterious he’d called his “calling.” Most of the prophets were bi-vocational, and so was Paul. Look at the content of what they say here. He had worked extremely hard. "More Principles of Leadership" - Nehemiah 2:12-20. This does not mean that Nehemiah lacked faith, it simply could have been a way to signify his favor of the king and the support that Israel had. She’d just heard a man say, “I wish Walt could have seen this.” Mrs. Disney stood up and said, "He did." People noticed. 2:11 "three days" This was possibly a time of rest or prayer (cf. Nehemiah 2:18 Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And anyone who is willing to follow the principles put forth in … Nehemiah's name means ''Comfort of Yahweh'' or Yahweh has compassion. There weren’t any other mules. So, someone in marketing, some spin doctor, published a “news report” on the company’s bulletin board, after the game …, The marketing department is pleased to announce that we came in second place in the recent softball season, after losing but one game all year. And no matter how well the children might have done, none of them was praised or given any encouragement. Nehemiah got that done, giving his report quickly, and accurately. Ezra-Nehemiah motivates us to keep laboring toward the promises of God when it seems futile. Do you need to put guards over your eyes and ears and be more strict about what kind of music you listen to or what movies or shows you watch? 14 Then I moved on toward the Fountain Gate and the King's Pool, but there was not enough room for my mount to get through; 15 so I went up the valley by night, examining the wall. 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