- Though the Temple had been rebuilt and the city walls, repaired, Jerusalem remained unattractive to dwell in (cf. 2:3, 17), and the bulk of the people preferred to live in the country. By what two methods (verses 1, 2) were more inhabitants for the city secured? Are you willing to volunteers to serve in the place of greatness need? Cf. Is. 6:8
- In verses 3-24 is given a list of those who dwelt in Jerusalem, in the following categories: (a) heads of families of the tribe of Judah (4-6); (b) of the tribe of Benjamin (7-9); (c) officials of the Temple-priests (10-14), Levites (15-19), other attendants, including singers (20-24). Try to picture the life of the city. Observe the prominence given to the house of God and its worship. Others helped in other ways, and some of them are described as ‘valiant’ or ‘mighty men of part in the community to which you belong, helping it to become strong? Cf. Ec. 9:10a; 1 Cor. 15:58.
19 August, 2017
Study 12 From the Book of Nehemiah is: Nehemiah 11
18 August, 2017
Study 11 From the Book of Nehemiah is: Nehemiah 9: 38 - 10: 39
1. Make a list of the seven specific ordinances included in the general covenant to walk in God’s law(10:28) and not neglect the house of God (10:39).
2. What did the people agree (a) to give up, and (b) to give, that they might ‘observe and do all the commandments of the Lord’? What does this teach us about the meaning of whole-hearted consecration? Cf. 2 Cor. 6:14-7; Pr. 3: 9, 10; Mal. 3:10; 1 Cor. 16:1, 2.
1. 10:29. ‘Enter into a curse and an oath’: ie., pledged themselves by an oath, invoking divine vengeance upon themselves, if they failed to observe it.
2. Verse 31b. Cf. Ex. 23:10, 11; Dt. 15:1-3.
3. Verses 35-39 give a general summary of such laws as Ex. 23:19 and Nu. 18:8-32.
17 August, 2017
Study 10 From the Book of Nehemiah is: Nehemiah 9:22-37
1. Analyze this summary (verses 6:37) of the history of God’s people. What may we learn here about the heart of God, and the heart of man?
2. The Jews had learnt by bitter experience that disobedience brings penalty. Yet had God acted only in punishment? Cf. Ps. 130:3, 4. What may we learn from this chapter about the principles of God’s action towards His people when they sin? Cf. also Phil. 1:6; 2 Jn. 8.
16 August, 2017
Study 9 From the Book of Nehemiah is: Nehemiah 9:1-21
1. What marks do you find here of a genuine repentance? Cf. 2 Cor. 7:10, 11.
2. Meditate upon God’s great kindness and many mercies, in spite of great provocation, as seen in this passage. How much cause have you for similar recollections, repentance and gratitude to God?
15 August, 2017
Study 8 From the Book of Nehemiah is: Nehemiah 8
1. Chapters 8, 9 and 10 describe a remarkable revival. What was its first manifestation, and what further characteristics developed from this?
2. Consider how great a change of heart had taken place since before the exile. Cf. Je. 11:6-8; 32:36-40; Ne. 1:5-11. How are these verses an illustration of Ps. 119:71 and Heb. 12:11
2. Verse 10. ‘Send portions…’: cf. Dt. 16:11, 14; Est. 9:19-22.
1. Verse 17. The Feast of Tabernacles had been observed (see, e.g., 2 Ch.8:13), but not, it seems, the making of booths.
14 August, 2017
Study 7 From the Book of Nehemiah is: Nehemiah 7
1. What further steps did Nehemiah take in ensuring an orderly life in Jerusalem? Why was Hananiah put in charge of Jerusalem? Remembering that you may be called to responsibility in your work for God, what are you doing to develop these same qualities
2. What makes a register of names so important? See verses 64, 65; and cf. Rev.20:15; 21:27; Lk. 10:20.
1. Verse 2. The ‘he’ refers to Hananiah. Possibly the appointment of two men in charge of the city means, as in 3:9, 12, that each was ruler of half the district of Jerusalem.
2. Verses 64, 65; cf. Ezr.2:62, 63. The need was for a priest able to obtain guidance to decide whether these men were entitled to enjoy priviledges as priests or not. For an example of the way in which Urim and Thumim were used, see 1 Sam. 14:41.
13 August, 2017
Study 6 From the Book of Nehemiah is: Nehemiah 6
1. Nehemiah’s enemies now tried intrigue. The proposal to confer together is often an attractive one. What made Nehemiah persistently refuse it? Contrast Eve’s folly in discussing the question raised by the serpent (Gn. 3:1-5). Do you ever parley with questions that should never be allowed consideration?
2. What were the special subtleties of the attempts to ensnare Nehemiah? Notice how Nehemiah’s singleness of purpose and loyalty to God were as a shield about him. What may we learn from this?
Note. Verse 5. ‘An open letter’: so that others besides Nehemiah might see its contents.