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Nehemiah Insights

Northshore Family is reading all of The Book of Nehemiah this week, 4/3-10/11.   Join us and post your thoughts or questions.

"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you" - James 4:8

Try interacting with the Lord by praying as you read Scripture.  Meditate on His words and ask questions: “What are You saying to me?  How does this apply to my life?” and listen for response.

  • Whatever He says will never contradict His written Word.
  • The more you listen, the more you’ll hear His voice.

8 comments (Add your own)

1 Pastor - Mon, April 4, 2011 @ 9:14 AM

Psalm 37:4... When we look to God for our identity and security, God begins to "download" new desires within us... our CHAINS are loosened / broken and we are set FREE! Imagine the impact of individuals and a body of believers (church) full of UNCHAINED people pursuing God-ordained passions. There would be fruit of change everywhere! Look at Nehemiah 3... each one simply did their part NEXT TO another and God multiplied the results (even in the face of opposition.)
2 Joshua Abel - Mon, April 4, 2011 @ 7:46 PM

Nehemiah Chapter 1:

- Nehemiah was REAL
- Nehemiah was a doer, not a sideliner

In verse 4 you see how Nehemiah was so upset that he "wept and mourned for days". He was REAL and honest before God. The entire Chapter is a perfect picture "REAL repentance". Then he talks to God on God's terms and simply states what God promised.

Now that he has repented, spoken to God on God's terms, He asks God to give them favor in accordance with His promises.

""but if you return to Me and keep My commandments and do them, though those of you who have been scattered were in the most remote part of the heavens, I will gather them from there and will bring them to the place where I have chosen to cause My name to dwell.'"They are Your servants and Your people whom You redeemed by Your great power and by Your strong hand. "O Lord, I beseech You, may Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and the prayer of Your servants who delight to revere Your name, and make Your servant successful today and grant him compassion before this man " Now I was the cupbearer to the king."

- Nehemiah 1:9-11

1) Repentance was real
2) Nehemiah got busy doing what he could do (repented, prayed, fasted, sought out God)
3 Joshua Abel - Wed, April 6, 2011 @ 5:08 PM

"Then the king said to me, "What would you request?" So I prayed to the God of heaven. I said to the king, "If it please the king, and if your servant has found favor before you, send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers' tombs, that I may rebuild it."

- Nehemiah 2:4-5

Nehemiah shows great confidence and connection to God by praying to God one sentence before answering the king. That's a pretty quick response by God. Verse 4 he prays to God, Verse 5 he answers the king.

At the very end of chapter 2, I find it interesting that Nehemiah gave his enemies no knowledge that he had been given permission from the king already. He simply claimed God's favor would bring them ultimate success.

"But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard it, they mocked us and despised us and said, "What is this thing you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?" So I answered them and said to them, "The God of heaven will give us success; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no portion, right or memorial in Jerusalem.""

- Nehemiah 2:19-20
4 Joshua Abel - Wed, April 6, 2011 @ 5:16 PM

Nehemiah 3

God's anointed leads and provides vision...the rest of the body must respond, each doing their own part.
5 Joshua Abel - Wed, April 6, 2011 @ 10:44 PM

"What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?"

- Romans 8:31


In Chapter 4 of Nehemiah, the enemy was said to come and destroy the work which the people had put towards rebuilding and became fearful and discouraged...until...

Nehemiah 4:14-15

"After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to our own work."


Then who can stand against! Then who can stand against!
6 Joshua Abel - Wed, April 6, 2011 @ 11:22 PM

Lead by example...and our example is Christ!


"and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.""

- Matthew 20:27-28


"...During that time neither my brothers nor I ate the food that was allowed for a governor. But the governors before me had placed a heavy load on the people. They took about one pound of silver from each person, along with food and wine. The governors' helpers before me also controlled the people, but I did not do that, because I feared God. I worked on the wall, as did all my men who were gathered there. We did not buy any fields. Also, I fed one hundred fifty Jewish people and officers at my table, as well as those who came from the nations around us.This is what was prepared every day: one ox, six good sheep, and birds. And every ten days there were all kinds of wine. But I never demanded the food that was due a governor, because the people were already working very hard. Remember to be kind to me, my God, for all the good I have done for these people."

Nehemiah 5:14-19
7 Joshua Abel - Thu, April 7, 2011 @ 4:51 PM

"Then Sanballat sent his servant to me in the same manner a fifth time with an open letter in his hand. In it was written, "It is reported among the nations, and Gashmu says, that you and the Jews are planning to rebel; therefore you are rebuilding the wall. And you are to be their king, according to these reports. "You have also appointed prophets to proclaim in Jerusalem concerning you, 'A king is in Judah!' And now it will be reported to the king according to these reports. So come now, let us take counsel together." Then I sent a message to him saying, "Such things as you are saying have not been done, but you are inventing them in your own mind.""

Nehemiah 6:5-8


When I read this, I can't help but laugh. How people can just make up stuff in their own heads and in today's world, deceive people so easily...and it takes so much effort to even TRY to straighten things out.

Bet Nehemiah was glad there was no email or facebook.
8 Joshua Abel - Thu, April 7, 2011 @ 6:36 PM

Nehemiah 7

"If you build it, they will come!"


All Nehemiah did was follow God to the letter, and look at all he supplied in people, finances, tithing, etc...


""Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go."

- Joshua 1:7

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