There was the—, 1. Personal influence for the cause of Jesus Christ is often sacrificed on the altar of cowardly fear. It is a picture of the strength, power, and purpose that God wants to rebuild in us as a barrier to sin, discouragement, failure, and destruction. It is only the truly righteous soul that can be truly angry at unrighteousness. III. The process, ever repeated, is: concentration (seek), consistency (do), communication (teach). Had the time come when all the desires of his heart were to be granted him? It was important that the covenant community remain pure in doctrine, customs, and ethical norms… (Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther- An Exegetical and Theological Exposition), Derek Kidner: What we see in Ezra-Nehemiah is an Israel cut down almost to the roots, but drawing new vitality from its neglected source of nourishment in the Mosaic law and already showing signs, by its new concern for purity, of growing into the Judaism which we meet, both for better and for worse, in the New Testament. If Nehemiah's heart had not been moved and melted first, he never could have done the work which he afterwards did. Their quiver seemed to be full of them. They were no mere hirelings, yawning for the hour when they might drop their tools and make for home and their own private pursuits. Editor F C Cook (Nehemiah 1:1–7:4) THIRD RETURN UNDER NEHEMIAH AND REBUILDING THE WALL: The Nation is Physically Separated from the Gentiles: When Nehemiah learned about the distress of the Jews in Jerusalem he prayed to the Lord, sought permission from King Artaxerxes to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and managed to spur on the people in Jerusalem to accomplish the task in spite of opposition from the people surrounding the city and the problems within the city because he was a man who trusted God and was wise in leadership. He represents the wisdom of this world and its opposition to Christ and His gospel. Thus, in this community they were to see a continuation of God’s redemptive activity. O Wisdom from on high! Sermon Notes on Nehemiah, ADAM CLARKE He believed in God's greatness, His terribleness, His faithfulness, and His mercifulness. We have made a sincere effort to select only the most conservative, "bibliocentric" commentaries. Nehemiah 8:5-10 Hearing For the First Time, Nehemiah 9:1-3,38 Covenant and Commitment_(1987, full-text), Click here, scroll down, click specific book, Nehemiah 4:9-21 Discouragements and Courage, Nehemiah 8:1-12 Reading the Law with Tears and Joy, See excellent Timeline of Ezra-Nehemiah-Esther on page 37, See timeline of Esther related to Ezra & Nehemiah on page 15 - Parallel lines for Medo-Persian Kings & Daniel, Zechariah, Haggai and Malachi, Timeline from 499-450BC (Esther written about 465BC), Kings & Events of Babylonian, Persian, Greek Dynasties, Chart: When Ezra Preached the Law (Nehemiah), Nehemiah 1:1-2:8 Nehemiah: Passion For Chang, Nehemiah 1 Casting A Vision In Perilous Time, Nehemiah 2:1-10 God's Plan and Good Plannin, Nehemiah 2:11-20 Implementing A Vision Togethe, Nehemiah 4:1-9 Implementing A Vision Amid Oppositio, Nehemiah 4:10-23 Implementing A Vision Amid Discouragemen, Nehemiah 5:1-19 Needed: Personal Sacrific, Nehemiah 6:1-16 I Am Doing A Great Work, I Cannot Come Down, Nehemiah 8:1-12 Celebrate, Good Times, Come O, Nehemiah 8:1-12 God's Glory And Our Duty To Be Joyful, The Place of Nehemiah in the Canon of Scripture: Wise Builder - Stephen G Dempster, God as Restorer: A Theological Overview of the Book of Nehemiah - Tiberius Rata, The Book of Nehemiah in Its Biblical and Historical Context - Terry J Betts, Nehemiah 12: Restoring the City of God or How to Preach a List of Names - Peter J Gentry, The Message of Nehemiah: Rebuilding - Mark Dever, Stephen Dray, "Nehemiah: an Applied Overview," Evangel 24.3 (Autumn 2006): 66-70, H.L. In attempting to do some definite work for God, it is good to "count the cost," but in counting the cost, let us take heed, that we count on Him who is able to bear the cost. "He fasted and prayed before the God of Heaven." II. Nehemiah was angry as a shopper arriving too late for the bargains. God uses all manner of people in all manner of places doing all manner of work. The Christ-possessed boat of Peter on the lake was a holier place than the God-forsaken temple at Jerusalem. But God knew, and God saw, and it was with Him, and not with these "feeble Jews," that they had to do. Commentary on Nehemiah He was fitted, not only socially, but morally, as a true leader of men—being a man of great courage, with profound convictions and intense devotion to the cause of God. Nehemiah uses God’s own personal name, revealed only to His redeemed people (Ex. 1. 2. We praise You for the radiance We shall look at—. What is the connection between prayer and fasting? There are the walls of a city of God to be built in every individual human heart. Makes an Appeal for Helpers. IV. While working and watching they were to hold themselves in readiness for a gathering together at any moment at the call of the trumpet. "Come, let us meet together in the plain of Ono" (v. 2). As they "read in the book of the law," on that twenty-fourth day of the month, of the marvelous goodness of their God in the past, their hearts began to burn within them, and no wonder. Calvary Chapel, Fullerton ''Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word'' (Eph 5:25,26). All the demands of God must be reiterated by His servants, or the message delivered will be destitute of that fine, keen edge which makes it effectual in the hearts of those who hear it. III. The struggle of the churches is often more like the confusion of Babel than the conviction of Pentecost. The secret of success in the work of the Lord lies here. When holy fires maintain love's heavenly life.". "What time I am afraid I will trust in You" (Psalm 56:3). Joshua said: "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Pray without ceasing. Satan knows how to play the fox, when it does not suit him to roar as a lion. They are an inspiration to read and reflect on. It is a great lesson to learn to wait on God. Book of Nehemiah, RICHARD HAWKER They were disobedient, "refused to obey." If the heart is alive unto God, we will gladly avail ourselves of every opportunity to fit our selves, even for self-sacrificing service unto Him. on Nehemiah (The Lion Handbook to the Bible quoting from Ezra and Nehemiah - Derek Kidner), a. The returnees experienced a new exodus. They laughed to scorn the weak hands that were attempting to rebuild the walls, but they saw not the "good hand of God" that was with them. These men were "brethren" (v. 1), but they showed no brotherly love. They were idolatrous, "they made a molten calf" (vv.16-18). Published 1871, JAMIESON, FAUSSET AND BROWN Where hearts and wills are weighed, Like a wise physician, he begins by making a thorough diagnosis of the case. The Holy Spirit will never put a premium on hypocrisy. It is very easy and natural for us to sit down and sorrow over our own personal losses and bereavements; we cannot help feeling it, because our own souls are so closely and vitally associated with them. Commentary on the 2. Now the call comes to "Stand up and bless the Lord their God forever and ever" (v. 5). Look up the verses and incidents which indicate these qualities. Lectures on the Character of Nehemiah The servants of Christ must be aggressive as well as defensive. Note how Nehemiah met this scurrilous attack. And we must add that Nehemiah himself is a really first-rank character-study. I. Sermons on Nehemiah Author and Time of Writing. But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews. Although he occupied this high position in the Persian court, we have no reason to believe that it was at the sacrifice of any religious principle, but rather because of his attractive and trustworthy character. On how many occasions we have taken up a task in the name of the Lord only to withdraw, beaten, discouraged, and baffled, and yet, somehow, baffled to fight better. It needs God to make known God. Relationship to the House of God. This is no new thing. Those devil-driven adversaries will never be able to make this man afraid, whose mind is stayed on that God who is "great and terrible." But in thus seeking to please men we may be putting away from us the very blessing we so much desire. "Restore, I pray you, to them, this day, their lands," etc. '', HUGH STOWELL A MODEL FOR MEN OF BUSINESS OR LECTURES ON THE CHARACTER OF NEHEMIAH (1872), TOM NELSON Commentary on Nehemiah The apostle Paul had one, for he wrote these words to the Philippians: ''Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but refuse, that I may win Christ, and be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith'' (Php 3:8,9). Nehemiah 4:1-11. My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. The lukewarm Christian is not likely to be mocked at by the easy-going worldling. Commentary on the Nobles and rulers, moneyed and influential men, are often allowed to escape deserved reproof just because they have happened to be born and brought up in more favorable circumstances than others. Right click and select "Save Target As" (to Desktop, Ipod, etc), BRYN MACPHAIL They Rejoiced. As God loves the cheerful giver, so does He regard the whole-hearted petitioner. One ray of God's good mercy—gild NEHEMIAH Nehemiah served in secular offices, using his position to bring back to the Jews order, stability, and proper focus on God. It is not enough that they heard it, they must, as responsible beings, be able, by the exercise of their own minds, to grasp intelligently the thoughts of God concerning themselves. Nehemiah had left Jerusalem, and gone back to the royal court at Babylon (v. 6). Mealy-mouthed ministers will never accomplish much for the Kingdom of God. Holy deeds stand like footprints on the sands of time. How will men believe what we say, as Christ's ambassadors, if we do not fearlessly declare the whole counsel of God, keeping back nothing. He had now gained the favor of a great king, and so he brought large petitions. Steve Brady, "Restoring Your Vision - With Nehemiah ," Evangel13:1 (1995): 2-5, Alberto R.W. According to 13:6, Nehemiah returned to Babylon in the king’s 32nd year, or around 432 B.C. I will bring them into the place that I have chosen to set My Name there" (vv. The children were not to blame for this defect. Backsliding had set in, and a powerful tendency to compromise with evil. on the Book of Nehemiah Warren W. Wiersbe - If you can locate the six-volume edition of the Expositor’s Bible, buy it immediately! He could not even say "I will think of it." Tobiah His name means ''the servant,'' or possibly, ''the Lord is good.'' Nehemiah 8:1-8 Reading the Bible for a Very Long Time, Nehemiah 8:13-18 No Continuing City (Wiley Lowry), Nehemiah 9:1-38 Confession Is Good for the Soul. George Rawlinson - Exposition 2. Instead of joining the work together, some have a mind to work alone, while others seem to think that all the work should be done by themselves. The Praying Heart, Nehemiah 1 Don't Despair - Begin To Repair, Nehemiah 1-6: Witnesses for God In Dark and Evil Times, Nehemiah 1:1-11 The Man Who Cried About a Wall, Nehemiah 1:4 Devotional (See entry for August 29), Chapter 2 Temporal Ordering In Ezra- Part II, Nehemiah 2 Commentary - Wells of Living Water Commentary, Nehemiah 2:1-20 Don't Hesitate - Investigate, Nehemiah 2:4 Nehemiah's Spirit of Devotion (So I prayed to the God of Heaven), Nehemiah 2:20 Nehemiah's Reliance on God's Blessing (He will proper us), Nehemiah 2:8 Nehemiah's Acknowledgment of God's Hand (Good hand of God upon me), Nehemiah 2:7 Manners and Customs - Safe-Conduct, Nehemiah 2:11-20 Standing Up to the Enemy, Nehemiah 3 Topography of the Book of Nehemiah (diagram of the gates), Nehemiah 3:1-32 Don't Be Paralyzed - Get Organized, Nehemiah 3 The Gospel in the Gates of Jerusalem, Nehemiah 3:28 The Personal Touch: Chapter 4 - Starting Right, Nehemiah 4:1-23 Biblical Truth Every Wall Builder Should Know, Nehemiah 4:1-23 Spiritual Wisdom For Spiritual Workers. They Wept. "None of us put off our clothes" (v. 23). International Critical Commentary If God be for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31). It is always best to be perfectly honest. Those professed servants of Christ who loiter about the ecclesiastical market-place in idleness because "no man has hired them," are to be sincerely pitied. He served the Persian king in a secular position before leading a group of Jews to Jerusalem in order to rebuild the city walls. An Abundant Answer. I. Uprightness. Commentary on the - T.H. Stand up and bless Him for this, and, lastly, for this other great fact, that He is the—. His agony of soul had become too great to be covered any longer with a smile. Devotionals There is nothing belonging to you in the Holy City; you have no right to any of its privileges, for the things of Jerusalem awaken no sacred memories in you. The People of God from the Exile to the Messiah. "You are the Lord who did choose Abram, and brought Him forth... and gave him the name Abraham... and made a covenant with him" (vv. What can we learn from the life of Nehemiah? (Jensen's Survey of the Old Testament- Search and Discover- Recommended), WALTER ADENEY Thoroughness, to be perfectly sound, must be governed by the purest motives, and acting in the clear light of the Divine will, otherwise it may be but the wild fire of fleshly enthusiasm. And it is He who continues the work of reconstruction inside us. We are called, not only to "put on the whole armor of God," but also to "pray always with all prayer" (Ephesians 6:11-18). Book of Nehemiah, PETER PETT L’Evangile Selon l’Apôtre Pierre: Marc et I & II Pierre BOB UTLEY PROFESSEUR D’HERMÉNEUTIQUE (INTERPRÉTATION BIBLIQUE) SÉRIE DE COMMENTAIRE-GUIDE D’ÉTUDE NOUVEAU TESTAMENT, VOL. Blessed be the opposition that makes us cling more firmly to the sword of the Spirit, for our weapons are not carnal, but spiritual and mighty. Others wrought with their swords girded at their sides. Excellent, NEHEMIAH: BIBLE COMMENTARY Bad News From Home (Nehemiah Ch 1:1-11) Proposition: Every child of God can have a proper reaction to the disrepair of out Christian lives by following the example of Nehemiah in these first eleven Nehemiah was not so far carried away by his own promotion and success as to be indifferent to the interests of his brethren and the city of his God. from The Pulpit Commentary, BARRY HORNER Geshem This man's name means ''a violent shower.'' V. Another Triumph for Faith. teaching. Can we possibly be in a fit condition for serving Christ if we are not able to weep over those things that dishonor His Name and grieve His Spirit? OUTLINES, etc In many cases faith in the Word of God, and the habit of going to hear it, have been broken down, and the gates of praise have been burned with the fire of unholy criticism. The fact that God had answered Nehemiah's prayers, and called him to do this work was an inspiration to the others to "rise up and build." If swelling words and fluent speech III. Nehemiah Commentary Notes. DISCLAIMER: Before you "go to the commentaries" go to the Scriptures and study them inductively (Click 3 part overview of how to do Inductive Bible Study) in dependence on your Teacher, the Holy Spirit, Who Jesus promised would guide us into all the truth (John 16:13). This community is emphasized by allusions to the exodus in recounting postexilic parallels. Wicked Conspiracy of the Enemy. He declares the truth about God: "The God of Heaven, He will prosper us" (v. 20). There is a deep truth in the saying of Emerson, that "every man's task is his life preserver." "My God, think You upon Tobiah... and the rest of the prophets, that would have put me in fear" (v. 14). I initially set out to write a single blog post about biblical leadership according to Nehemiah, but the more I studied, the more I discovered that Nehemiah had to say. ''Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus… '' (Php 2:5-8). Various authors contributed. 4. Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes. He who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. It tells how, under the new leadership of Nehemiah, the walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt by the returned Remnant, and how the people themselves were reinstructed in the Law which God had given to their nation, long before, through Moses. It is a humbling discovery for them when they perceive "that the work was wrought of God," and that in their jealousy and blindness they have been fighting against Him. And after he had received their promise to do so, see how he significantly "shook his lap," warning them against unfaithfulness to their vows (v. 13). 12, 13). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible A Great Request. Their names are held in everlasting remembrance because, like Mary, they had wrought a good work for the honor of His Name. A working mind should always be accompanied with a praying heart. How Should The People Of God Build? They sneered at the task attempted. This Work was Voluntary. The word of the Cross is, to them that are perishing, foolishness; but to us, who are being saved, it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18, R.V.). As one who was entirely devoted to the work of the Lord, his whole soul revolted at such a proposal. Nehemiah 4:15-23 Pray and Keep Your Powder Dry! Checking the genealogy (Nehemiah 7:1-73), d. Making a Covenant (Nehemiah 10:1-12:26), Ray Stedman: The book of Nehemiah falls into two divisions. He says, "When I heard these things, I sat down and wept" (v. 4). They were numerous. This work is associated with the living, faithful, almighty God of Heaven; He is for it, He is with it, He is in it. By and by, the enemy gained free access to your life. I. Another Defeat for the Enemy. Unbeknownst to him, he also was there to usher in healing of the broken lives of the people. (v. 6). Quite frankly, I think the walls of our lives often lie in ruins through neglect. It is more than just a barrier of stone and mortar. Ezra and Nehemiah are historical source books which record the outworking of the divine plan in the restoration of the Jews, whereby they were afforded another opportunity to cooperate with the eternal purposes and prove their right to exist as a nation. His ear never becomes heavy through weariness; He is the Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Those take too much upon them who try to put all God's servants on the same level, so do those who would monopolize the holy service because they are paid for it. 2. Walter Frederic Adeney [1849-1920], Ezra, Nehemiah & Esther.W. "So I prayed to the God of Heaven." They were feeble in number, and, in the eyes of their wealthy opponents, they were feeble in resources; but they saw not the helping hand of God which was with them. Another Appeal unto God. They were more interested in the book than the preacher. (Hand Me Another Brick - Charles R. Swindoll), LORING BATTEN Well he knew that it was a crime against the king to appear before him with a sad face. "To see the face of God, this makes the joy of Heaven! If He fails me, His temple can afford me no security. When He comes again, His feet will stand upon the Mount of Olives (Zechariah 14:4). Commentary on the Enter the email address you signed up with and we'll email you a reset link. Every Christian needs a ''garbage dump.'' "Therefore in the lower places, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords" (v. 13). 3:13-15; 6:2-8); it is a ground of confident access. As soon as the new temple, which took the place of the preexilic temple, was completed, they celebrated the Passover (Ezra 6:19-22). When Carlyle was shown a "Comic History of England," he naively asked when they would have a comic Bible? He wanted to show that the arrogance of Jericho was no match for the humility of God’s people when it was aligned with the limitless power of God Himself… The rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem symbolizes an act all believers should undertake. Book of Nehemiah Be followers of them. Sanballat means "strength and courage," and fitly stands for the wisdom of this world. Calvary Chapel, Vista, California, Commentary - Transcripts that Correspond to the C2000 Series above, SPEAKER'S COMMENTARY Most organized religion hates Jesus Christ. Surveys the Difficulties. Them that are without, God will judge (1 Corinthians 5:13). Book of Nehemiah Importunity. There is a cross in the way to every crown that is worth wearing. Because they were united in heart they willingly united in effort. And they gladly did so (v. 12). He had the privilege of being in this great palace because he was "the king's cupbearer" (v. 11). They responded to the demands of God's word by bowing their heads and offering Him the adoration of their hearts. His journey from Babylon to Jerusalem occupied three months. It was a startling discovery Nehemiah made in coming back to Jerusalem to find that his old enemy who had mocked them while building (chapter 4:3) was now comfortably quartered in one of the large chambers which should have been used as a store-room for the house of God (v. 5). I. Nehemiah 4:1. Sermons on Nehemiah would tolerate nothing that disgraced the holy Name, and hindered that testimony for which the house existed. The postexilic community was a tiny island in a great sea of peoples and religious traditions. It was not necessary that these watchmen should occupy their time in following all the movements of their adversaries, it was enough that they watched the interests of their God-given work. Tobiah's household effects may have been very good and beautiful stuff, but they were as filthiness in the holy place (2 Chronicles 29:5), because they were still Tobiah's and not God's. The other danger is to be so taken up with the weapons that we neglect the work. All work for God is great when judged by its eternal results Everything must be great that has God in it. Tobiah—"the Lord is good"—is a true representative of the formal professor, one who has a good name but a bad heart. In this little spontaneous act there is a revelation of his true character. III. Yet, in His manifold mercies, He was "a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness" (v. 17). We imagine these three days were spent largely in meditation and prayer. We must measure our difficulties, and our needs, with the strength and resources of Him whose we are, and whom we serve. Related to Nehemiah, The articles below are available online at no charge…, Chart: A Chronological and Literary Harmony of Ezra & Nehemiah, SERMONS, DEVOTIONALS, Earnestness is good, but it is only as wild fire in the service of the Lord, if we are not prepared to begin at home. Watching and praying are frequently linked together in the Scriptures of truth (see Matthew 26:41; Mark 13:33; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Peter 4:7). Book of Nehemiah, James Rosscup writes that Barnes "includes 16 volumes on the Old Testament, 11 on the New Testament. 7, 8). The text shows us a five-step process that drives Nehemiah’s action – a process that is relevant to any life: (1) concern, (2) confession, (3) commitment, (4) courage, and (5) caution. 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