Sunday Recap - March 11th
Chapter 9: Making Things Right
After a week of the Israelites hearing Ezra read the Book of The Law, Nehemiah sends the people off to celebrate the Feast of Booths and a few days later they come back. They want to hear God’s Word again so Ezra reads it for hours. And it’s cutting them to the core – so much so they are admitting and confessing more sin! By the way, that’s the power of God’s word. So they’re listening, then confessing and then worshipping God!
Key Scriptures: “Our God, you are the great God. You are mighty and wonderful. You keep the covenant you made with us. You show us your love. So don’t let all our suffering seem like a small thing to you. We’ve suffered greatly. So have our kings and leaders. So have our priests and prophets. Our people who lived long ago also suffered. And all your people are suffering right now. In fact, we’ve been suffering from the time of the kings of Assyria until today. In spite of everything that has happened to us, you have been fair. You have been faithful in what you have done. But we did what was evil.” Nehemiah 9:32-33 (NIrV)
Some Sunday takeaways on Gods Character:
- God always keeps his promises and does what is right and fair.
- God always listens, delivers and guides.
- God is gracious, tender, kind, patient, forgiving and full of love
- God is faithful and doesn’t abandon his people.
Sunday Recap - March 4th
Chapter 8: Renewing - Hungry For God
The wall has been finished, everyone’s together in the city square and now they’ve asked Ezra to read the Book of the Law to them. As they hear it the people mourn. They recognize their sin and now with willing hearts are ready to be restored back in relationship with God.
Immediately Nehemiah tells them to not mourn and to instead rejoice and that the Joy of the Lord is their strength.
Key Scriptures: For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There's no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. 2 Corinthians 7:10
Some Sunday takeaways on being hungry for God:
- Seek God and His kingdom first - Taste and see that the Lord is good.
- Be restored to Him - repent and seek Him.
- Be obedient to what He is calling you to do - As you read scripture and God speaks to you, obey.
Chapter 7: Facing Down Opposition
Nehemiah can see the work on the wall is almost done but the enemy, Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem still have not given up. They sent messengers to Nehemiah four times with the same invitation. And there is one more ploy by Nehemiah’s enemies to sabotage him. His enemies are smart because they know fear and intimidation can be powerful motivators to compromise good judgment and personal integrity.
Key Scriptures: “So the wall was completed…in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God.” Nehemiah 6:14-16 (NIV)
Some Sunday takeaways on facing down opposition:
- Whenever you want to do something great for God, you will need to ask Him for strength because your strength will eventually run out.
- Whenever you want to do something great for God, your character and motives will be unjustly attacked.
- If you want to do something great for God, you must confront anything or anyone that will undermine the unity of God’s work.
- Whenever you want to do something great for God, you must have a holy discontent stirring inside of you that calls you to action.