In what appears to be a last ditch effort to thwart Nehemiah’s efforts, Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem join forces to oppose him. Pray before you start. Verses 9 and 10 show us that Nehemiah had a military escort. (NEHEMIAH 1:11) 3. 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. Fortified against derision. Work? Home >> Bible Studies >> Nehemiah >> Nehemiah 2:1-18 These small group studies of Nehemiah contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. Prices are up, but your budget hasn’t changed. God was certainly at work, but his promises seemed to … If you’re going to thrive in a tough situation, you must look honestly at your situation. One of the refreshing marks of young people is their idealism. I recollect that our minister once said in his sermon, that if we were so foolish as to permit such people to laugh us out of our religion, till at last we dropped into hell, they could not laugh us out again." It’s hot. He slept in an attic with two other boys from the slums. Your trusted source of Christian resources since 1891, Sermon: Perfect Vision in Imperfect Times - Nehemiah 2. Rest is certainly an important part of your schedule as a child of God. Having studied Scripture, prayed, planned and acted, now Nehemiah will summon others to join him in pursuing God’s kingdom. He has spoken through a donkey, a burning bush, the dreams of various people and He continues to speak to lives through His living Word and through His Spirit. Moses had to deal with stress levels that would have killed most men. Nehemiah 2 Sermon 1. Without the facts, there can be no good decision. Sometimes we look down upon quick prayers because we can think that long prayers with academic words are “better” for some reason. * Indicated Required Field See our Privacy Policy. If we choose the path of Ezra in a certain situation, if we choose to do something on our own, we should not condemn those who take Nehemiah’s path, or vice versa! (Source: Max Lucado, Facing Your Giants (W Publishing Group, 2006), p. 43-44), When Nehemiah challenged the people to rebuild the walls, the people replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” And the Bible says, so they began this good work.” (2:18). If social media was around back in Nehemiah’s time, he did not post about his plan on Facebook the moment he arrived back in Jerusalem. I had never been sad in his presence, 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. Your marriage? Text: Nehemiah 2:1-20. He did not expect an immediate result, he was patient. The only way that we will take that step is by hiding God’s Word in our heart and having a proper perspective of temporary and eternal things. Arborists carefully protect her. We'd love to hear from you. Speak now, for your servant is listening. Remember Walt Disney? You might be required to cast the vision for a team at work, or even for your church. And we ask now for the blessing of the Holy Spirit. "You see the trouble we are in,” he told the people, “Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. — … Why should my face not be sad when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies desolate and its gates have been consumed by fire?”. 2:20 – Nehemiah’s response supports the possibility of Tobiah’s association with Ezra 2:60. We will experience suffering and ridicule in our lives, will we not? We never reach them but, like the mariners on the sea, we chart our course by them (Carl Schurz, Readers Digest [5/84], p. 66). Our messages for this quarter are based on the theme, 'Rise Up and Build.' Nehemiah’s people were soon off and running on a 52-day stretch that proved to be harder than any of them had ever anticipated. …I was cupbearer to the king. Nehemiah Inspects Jerusalem’s Walls - I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days I set out during the night with a few others. But as you mature, you learn that the real world isnt quite as perfect as y… There were no mounts with me except the one I was riding on. In. “The God of heaven will give us success,” Nehemiah said (2:20). 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. If you follow Nehemiah’s plan, you’ll wait, you’ll pray, you’ll start where you are, and you’ll seize the moment. This means that Nehemiah has been praying and preparing for this conversation with the king for nearly 4 months! Quick prayers are possible and valid if one has prayed sufficiently beforehand. Look at the content of what they say here. Nashville, TN: Holman Reference.walls and gates need work in your life? One evening while a man was driving down a country road, he lost control of his car and wound up in a ditch. In this case, Nehemiah’s prayer is evidence of a life lived in constant communion with God. Or other family. God’s work and our planning are not contradictory. Nehemiah is a book drenched in the sweat of hard work. so that whenever this conversation took place, he would be able to make his requests known. This passage of Scripture is divided into 2 main sections, first the King’s answer to Nehemiah’s prayer in verses 1-10 and second, Nehemiah arriving to survey the walls of Jerusalem in verses 11-20. The farmer cracked the whip again and said, “Pull, Clyde, pull!”, The stranger took another look, but there was still only one mule hitched to his car, and that mule’s name wasn’t “Clyde.”, Nothing had happened, so the farmer cracked the whip again and said, “Pull, Dusty, pull!”, Dusty began to pull until finally the car was out of the ditch. They knew that Nehemiah had the authority, but they tried to stop the work by disheartening the people who were building - they ridiculed the people. We see, also, the need for caution. They began this good work. Because of his genuine answer, and because God was truly in control, we see Artexerxes ask him in verse 4 what his request is. Look at the content of what they say here. So they began this good work. Nehemiah was a great leader. This shows us how reliant he was upon God’s power. Nehemiah did not have the time to utter such a prayer, but whenever this intense situation arose, Nehemiah’s thought went to God. He was patient and he had confidence in God. Shea talks about the importance of having a plan in place when God calls you to action. His faith, knowledge of God’s Word and love for God’s people led him to action. tell us (believe it or not, we will study that passage in a couple of weeks on Sunday morning!). How can you put that enticement in the proper perspective? God does not do things on our time table, which means that we must patiently wait and prepare our hearts for His time table. He had memorized much of the Old Testament. Nehemiah 2. Maybe that’s a spouse. Nehemiah 2:1 Now in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was set before him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. The children were told to draw a detailed picture of a man. (Nehemiah 2:10b RSV) Immediately courage is needed. How can you put that enticement in the proper perspective? Something about Nehemiah’s actions or words communicated to the king that it was not simply some news that he had heard that had upset him, but he desired to do something about his city. The engineers went back to the drawing board and came up with a solution. 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. Jet fighter pilots needed that device to launch them out of their chairs. Jerusalem was God’s city where His people lived (Nehemiah 1:9). And it came about in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, that wine. When they had finished they were told again given the same colorless order: "Now draw another man, this time better than the last." They replied, "Let us start rebuilding." Finally, one story was accepted. One scholar noted that Persian Kings had special feasts regularly and at one of these special feasts, the Persian King granted special generosity to others. And that got the job done. Casting a vision might include cutbacks, new budget requests, or a creative solution to a new problem. He had confidence that God would grant his request, but he stuck his neck out there and could have been killed. For those who love God’s name, this is unacceptable. He knows that he needs the people of God to accomplish the will of God. Because of this, he did this at night with only a few men. They lifted huge timbers, and massive stones. 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? Illustration: It’s a great little story, and a silly way to end a serious message. Nehemiah 1:1-11. If we weren't so stingy with compliments we might see a lot more people blossom like Dickens. 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. Does your eye-gate need attention? 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. Nehemiah couldn’t restore Israel and we cannot restore God’s kingdom alone, but we can hope in the king. The most-sacred symbol in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is a tree: a sprawling, shade-bearing, 80-year-old American Elm. Question is, what will it take to launch us out of ours? Nehemiah got that done, giving his report quickly, and accurately. The support department, however, had a rather dismal season, winning only one game.". For more information, see our Privacy Policy. Sep 27 2009 A Strategic Plan / Nehemiah 2:4-8. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. The intensity of the conflict rose when the job was near completion. Here’s a good example: One company held an inter-office softball game held every year between the marketing and support staff. If your mule’s name is Dusty, why did you say ‘Pull, Buck’ and ‘Pull, Clyde’? Satan makes things difficult when we start turning back to God. beyond the River, that they may allow me to pass through until I come to Judah, and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress which is by the temple, for the wall of the city and for the house to which I will go.” And the king granted. 2. Recommend this sermon to others. Praying and Planning Go Hand in Hand. 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 … Sprouts pressed through damaged bark; green leaves pushed away gray soot. Cox writes: The new design called for a two-inch webbed strap. After Dusty was hitched to the car, the old farmer cracked the whip and said, “Pull, Buck, pull!”. She was introduced by a man who said, "Mrs. Disney, I just wish Walt could have seen this.". (Nehemiah 1:17). “We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it.”. And the drawings - - each of them got worse and worse, as you might expect, instead of better and better, as they had been told to make them. They used chisels and saws and hammers and pulleys. This was a fulfillment of Scripture and he was exactly where God intended for him to be. Nehemiah's name means ''Comfort of Yahweh'' or Yahweh has compassion. But to me, driving across the deserts of the American West, for instance, is tough, tough, tough. 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. Shea Sumlin. 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. So they gave the elm a name: the Survivor Tree. If we’re going to thrive … this has to happen. What Nehemiah does in verse 3 is he affirms his loyalty for the king and he explains his sadness. But Nehemiah was there, and he kept them on course. 16 The officials did not know where I had gone or what I was doing, because as yet I had said nothing to the Jews or the priests or nobles or officials or any others who would be doing the work. Today Disney World occupies 47 square miles, an area about the size of San Fransico! For a long time Christians in the United States have lived in a culture that, at least on the surface, valued Christianity. He was a man of prayer, but also a man of action. Nehemiah’s request was well thought out as we see in verses 5-8. We have seen story after story in Scripture about how a knowledge of who God is leads to action in the life of His people - Nehemiah is no exception from this rule and in this first section of chapter 2 we see that God had this situation under control and Nehemiah’s request would be answered. What a fabulous example of how to get something done. We are confident that God will do what He has promised to do. Then I was very much afraid.” A) BURDEN FOR SOULS B) FAVOR COMES … Relationships can hit hard times, grief can leave a person in emotional ruins, and disease can attack with the fury of an armed enemy. They insinuate that pursuing the kingdom of God could be perceived as rebellion against the reigning power on earth. With that in mind, let’s see how God answered Nehemiah’s prayer in Nehemiah, chapter 2. I did not tell anyone what my God was putting into my mind to do for Jerusalem and there was no animal with me except the animal on which I was riding. Our response to this must be similar to the bold words used by Nehemiah in verse 20: God will grant us success. Her speech? Someone has said, Ideals are like the stars. One by one, each gate was up and finished. beyond the River and gave them the king’s letters. I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. Rebecca (8 years old) “When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. No matter how poor their drawings might have been, no one was scolded or criticized for his performance. 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. Sometimes, you’ve just got to bear down and turn things around. So I came to Jerusalem and was there three days. Then I passed on to the Fountain Gate and the King’s Pool, but there was no place for my mount to pass. It adds up to a shocking new way of life: These are “Lean Times.”. Nehemiah Series Outlines 1 Thank youfor downloading this eBook of outlines. 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. 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. 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? Lean times. This is kind of what we talked about this morning with Spiritual Maturity, is it not? Nehemiah Sermon Outlines. In the background to Nehemiah 2 are all the wonderful promises in Isaiah (e.g. Similarly, today there are people who are disturbed whenever God blesses his work. And one year, the support staff whipped the marketing department soundly. 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. 2:12 This relates Nehemiah's initial secret inspection of the walls (cf. (Proverbs 29:18, KJV). The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. If you want to thrive when all around you are barely surviving, you’ll have to get the job done. 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. We must remember this. Ver. This should be the desire for each and every one of us in this room tonight, that our instinct whenever an intense situation came our way would be to go to God in prayer and for that prayer to be saturated with the Word of God. Nehemiah 3 reveals Nehemiah’s extraordinary gift of administration and organization. People noticed. II. We're sorry, an error occurred. And it feels dangerous. to the Refuse Gate, inspecting the walls of Jerusalem which were broken down and its gates which were consumed by fire. Let me hitch up Dusty and you’ll be out in no time.” A few minutes later the farmer appeared with Dusty, an old, swaybacked, almost blind mule. They stayed the course because Nehemiah stayed the course. The purpose of the study was to determine the effects upon schoolchildren of having to do continuous and monotonous work without any encouragement. And anyone who is willing to follow the principles put forth in … When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard. His role of tasting the King's wine to prevent him from being poisoned places Nehemiah in a place of trust and confidence. We are not told what Nehemiah did for these 3 days in Jerusalem. Lord gave you an opportunity to advance His kingdom, what aspects of “staying in the Persian palace” would be most tempting? If God calls you to a heroic task, expect to work like a hero. 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. Then the king said to me, “What would you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. Nehemiah rode on a horse at night and looked at the condition of the walls and gates of Jerusalem. Our knowledge of God’s Word without acts of love is useless and loving actions without knowledge are pointless. He was humbly aware that it was God who had entrusted this project to him. Until the current situation is accurately portrayed, until we understand exactly how “lean” the times are, there will be no thriving. At the right moment, however, there must be a vision cast if people are going to have any chance of achieving a future goal. ), Praying and trusting in God does not mean that research is not necessary. He had been asking the Lord to have “compassion on him in the presence of this man” as we saw in. 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. 2:11 I went to Jerusalem, and after staying there three days 12 I set out during the night with a few men. 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. The housing market has changed dramatically, dramatic stock market losses have taken huge bites out of once-healthy retirement accounts, and credit that was once easily obtained is suddenly in a lock-down mode. You’re going to go to work, and work extremely hard. "Principles of Leadership" - Nehemiah 2:12-20. When we're faced with a challenge, how should we go about it? Wait on God’s time; Seek the Lord for wisdom; Plan accordingly; Assessed carefully Your marriage? last week and saw that Nehemiah prayed a Scripture-Saturated prayer for God to do what God had promised. Some pilots, instead of letting go, would keep a grip on the seat. We must practice patience as well whenever we wait on the Lord and ask to be used by Him. 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. God made promises. It might have been a long time since they’d been identified as those who belonged to God, or those who had a right to Jerusalem. 18. Nehemiah had prayed for months, but he knew he was completely dependent upon God’s work in the King’s heart at this moment. SermonAudio.com - Nehemiah 2 Sermons. When Disney World first opened, Mrs. Walt Disney was asked to speak at the Grand Opening, since Walt had died. We know that opposition is coming our way, as we see in verses 19-20. 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. If you’re going to accomplish great things in your life, you’ll have to have the help of many, many people. There were enemies there! He had only four years of school and his father was in jail because he couldn't pay his debts. Life resurrected from an acre of death. And no matter how well the children might have done, none of them was praised or given any encouragement. To get to where you believe God wants you to go, you’ll have to make the accurate assessment of where you are, where you need to be, what tools you’ll need to arrive at the proper destination … all of it. The King grants Nehemiah’s Request (1-10), As we looked at last week, Nehemiah was living in exile in Persia. This no doubt came about because of his careful assessment of the need during his moonlit reconnaissance mission in 2:13-16. More and more, however, we are living in a culture that will interpret faithfulness to God and Christ as rebellion against the governing authorities. His malice killed 168 people, wounded 850, destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, and buried the tree in rubble. You might have to cast it for yourself. This event happened at a time when the captivity of the Jews had already come to an end. Warren Wiersbe said, "Not only had Nehemiah prayed for … Now I had not been sad in his presence. We must know the Word of the Lord and we must be preparing our hearts today to be used by Him. If you see that turtle on top of a fence post, you know he didn’t get there by himself! See our holiday shipping schedule to receive your gifts on time. What’s the old saying about a turtle on a fence post? Lean times can feel like a desert. -Nehemiah 2:4. Instinctively, he went to God in prayer. Or maybe it’s a new call on your life for ministry. Nehemiah started out to study where to rebuild old walls and where to construct new ones. The tree modeled the resilience the victims desired. Pray when you’re between a rock and a hard place. Now the king had sent with me officers of the army and horsemen. Rate this sermon from 1 to 5 'stars' with just a click, then close.] NEHEMIAH CHAPTER 2 Faith Translated into Action 2. Rest is important and rest would help Nehemiah prepare for the challenges ahead as we see in verses 12-16. Speak now, for your servant is listening. Nehemiah had been praying, planning for this moment for a very long time. Ezra had begun the work but Nehemiah was to finish the rebuilding process. People pose for pictures beneath her. And I said to the king, “If it please the king, let letters be given me for the governors. Customer Service Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. CT Monday - Friday Phone: (800) 458-2772. Nehemiah sought to be used of God. Then I entered the Valley Gate again and returned. Some of the children got angry and displayed their resentment openly. 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? This is a tragedy because God’s name is at stake in Jerusalem! Nehemiah 2:2 “So the king said to me, "Why is your face sad though you are not sick? Nehemiah proved himself to be a great leader and he models the principles of great leadership. They really, really got discouraged. 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! "what my God was putting into my mind to do" Nehemiah believed that YHWH was guiding his thoughts and actions. Chapter 2. The parachute would remain trapped between the seat and the pilot's back. Whenever a man like Nehemiah says, "I will arise and build," Satan always says, "Then I will arise and oppose." Your children? … They began the work. We do not fear the king, nor do we fear our earthly enemies, we fear the Lord. The same God who helped Nehemiah and Ezra stands ready to help you! Free shipping on books, Bibles, gifts, VBS and Church Supplies of $50 or more. Want to get in touch? Will we do it or will we be too tempted to stay in our comfortable place? Naturally, “lean times” might apply to some other areas of life, too. One end attached to the front edge of the seat, under the pilot. 18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God upon me and what the king had said to me. Whether it’s about softball, or about something a little more important, you need an accurate assessment of things. 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. 2:11-20 In this section, we see the power that leadership has to get God’s work done. CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible (Hardcover), by Andy Cook on Wednesday, January 01, 2014 at 7:00 AM. The key, from Nehemiah chapter 2, is to remember who our God is. The necessity of praise, recognition -- call it what you will -- as a tool for higher quality of workmanship was rather dramatically proved in a test some time ago conducted by Springfield College in Massachusetts. We saw how Nehemiah was an individual who was in a position of authority in the Persian court as he was the cupbearer to the King, yet he also was a man who possessed great faith in God and he genuinely cared for his fellow Israelites who were nearly 1,000 miles away from him. The farmer said, “Sure. Exile was not God completely abandoning His people but rather a time where the people experienced covenantal cursing and eventually, turned back towards God. 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. 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. The other end attached to an electronic take-up reel behind the headrest. Prepared for war, they sweated and strained and got dirty and stayed determined. If the Lord gave you an opportunity to advance His kingdom, what aspects of “staying in the Persian palace” would be most tempting? I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem. There was nothing noble to it. Every student, every teacher, every worker needs to hear a constant message of encouragement. This is nothing but sadness of heart." 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. He was able to mobilize and empower 44 separate groups of people for the ingenious task of rebuilding the walls. Find answers to some of the more asked questions. Part 2 . With a vision, anything is possible. . v. 16). Notice Nehemiah was deeply concerned about God’s cause. Block by block, each stone was back in place on the wall. Read More. Nehemiah answers by saying that he is sad because his homeland is in shambles of its former glory. When they had finished, they were told to draw another picture of a man a little better than their first one. Nehemiah 2 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this 12 volume, chapter by chapter commentary of 4,800 sermon outlines and 24,000 homiletic references Nehemiah 2 (NASB) Nehemiah’s Prayer Answered 2 And it came about in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, that wine was before him, and I took up the wine and gave it to the king. We must see to it that we possess both. 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