Nehemiah saw the problem that was in Jerusalem - and yes, he was distressed, he analysed it, he scrutinised it, and he felt the great burden of it in his heart - but he didn't stop there wallowing in self-pity, but he got up and in the midst of his grief he took action and he did something about it. It is only the truly righteous soul that can be truly angry at unrighteousness. He that believes shall not make haste. Courage. O Truth unchanged, unchanging! Importunity is a vital element in prevailing prayer. When the enemy speaks fair you may be sure that there are seven abominations in his heart (Proverbs 26:25). Stand up and bless the Lord for this. Yes, prayer is one of the greatest privileges and one of the mightiest forces with which the soul of man can have to do. Oh! The Effect Produced. Nehemiah 5:1-5:19 Don't Back Down - Build Up, Nehemiah 5:7 An Assembly Convoked Against Sinners, Nehemiah 5:15 Diverse Kinds of Conscience, Nehemiah 5:9 Watched by the world's malignant eye, Nehemiah 5:9 Nehemiah's Jealousy for the Honor of God (The reproach of the heathen our enemies), Nehemiah 5:10 Nehemiah's Uprightness of Dealing (Leave off this usury), Nehemiah 5:15 Nehemiah's Master Principle (The Fear or God), Nehemiah 5:16 Nehemiah's Unworldliness of Mind (Neither bought we any land), Nehemiah 5:15 Walking in Fear of the Lord, Nehemiah 5:15 So did not I, because of the fear of God, Nehemiah 5:18 Manners and Customs - Shaking the Lap, Nehemiah 5-13 Abuses Rectified (In "Daily Bible Illustrations), Nehemiah 6:1-19 Fear Not - Men's Devotional Bible - Bible Gateway Devotionals, Nehemiah 6:15-19 The Power and Peril of A Witness, Nehemiah 6:1-7:73 Don't Vacillate - Perpetuate, Nehemiah 6:3 Nehemiah's Determination of Purpose (Why should the work cease), Nehemiah 6:9 Nehemiah's Secret Strength (O God Strengthen my hands), Nehemiah 6:11 Nehemiah's Fortitude in Duty (Should such a man flee? But well they knew that in seeking the good of their households they were securing their own salvation. pp.404. They wanted Nehemiah not to obey God’s commands. Shemaiah, who had the name of a prophet", tempted Nehemiah to come with him into some secret chamber within the temple, and to shut themselves up, saying that his enemies were coming in the night to slay him (v. 10). 5:10, R.V. Nehemiah’s comprehension of God was not remotely abstract, but definitive, that is specific in terms of who God is and who He is not. Commentary on the You can download the paper by clicking the button above. Further, He is the—, VI. He did not claim glory for himself but always gave God the credit for his successes. They were idolatrous, "they made a molten calf" (vv.16-18). A provision that covered their present and future needs. Instead of answering their ingratitude and unbelief with judgment, He added mercy to mercy, by "giving them also of His Spirit to instruct them" (v. 20), so that they could testify, after forty years, that as far as the grace and goodness of God were concerned, "they lacked nothing" (v. 21). Williamson, "Ezra and Nehemiah in the Light of the Texts from Persepolis," Bulletin for Biblical Research 1 (1991): 41-61, John Stafford Wright [1905-1985], "Ezra and Nehemiah,", Edwin M. Yamauchi, "The reverse order of Ezra/Nehemiah Reconsidered," Themelios 5.3 (1980): 7-13, A Chronological and Literary Harmony of Ezra & Nehemiah, Dr. Jim Rosscup in Commentaries For Biblical Expositors, Review of Ezra-Nehemiah- A Commentary - Joseph Blenkinsopp.The Master's Seminary, Best Commentaries on Ezra & Nehemiah - Tim Challies, Top 5 Commentaries on the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah by Keith Mathison, Prayer and Praying Men - Nehemiah, the Praying Builder, An Old Testament Pattern for Expository Preaching, See related article by Richard Mayhue - Rediscovering Expository Preaching, Rebuilding - The Message of Nehemiah - Mp3, Nehemiah - "Build Thou the Walls of Jerusalem", Handbook of Bible Manners and Customs -- related to Nehemiah, Christ in All the Scriptures - in Nehemiah, Nehemiah: Rebuilding the wall - multiple images - excellent pictures, Nehemiah Diagrams of the Gates - some excellent diagrams. VI. If Nehemiah's heart had not been moved and melted first, he never could have done the work which he afterwards did. Surely this holds good with regard to spiritual things as well as temporal things. (Jensen's Survey of the Old Testament- Search and Discover- Recommended), WALTER ADENEY Commentary on the "Knowing ourselves, our world, our task so great,  They had been reading and hearing of the great things God had done for their fathers, until their souls were stirred up from their silent depths to bless Him who was almighty to save and to keep. His Position. Nehemiah, I. The enemy had succeeded in intercepting the food supplies, and, alas, the wealthier portion of the people began to take advantage of their poorer brethren, by enriching themselves to their terrible cost. They were more interested in the book than the preacher. He who comes to God must believe, and, in so believing, he must be rewarded. Things got so unbearable that a "great cry" was raised by the people. 1. According to 13:6, Nehemiah returned to Babylon in the king’s 32nd year, or around 432 B.C. The postexilic community was a tiny island in a great sea of peoples and religious traditions. Read/Download File Report Abuse. Relationship to the Day of Rest. Like Isaiah, he could say, "Here am I, send me." Commentary on the This, in some measure, every leader in the work of God must have. We have made a sincere effort to select only the most conservative, "bibliocentric" commentaries. (v. 2). ", In this chapter we have a very refreshing change in the program, in the form of an urgent appeal to the Word of the Lord as revealed in "the book of the law of Moses." The great work of restoring Jerusalem (Church) to its pristine glory and power will never be accomplished so long as the leaders (preachers) attempt to do all the building themselves, and seem satisfied if the others will but come, and sit, and listen, and look on. Book of Nehemiah, EASY ENGLISH Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes. The subject comes before the verb in the Hebrew text, so there is some stress on “Ezra.” On “setting the heart,” the Hiphil of kun plus leb, see Psalm 78:8; 2Chr 12:14; 20:33 (all negative); and 1Sa 7:3; 2Chr 19:3; 30:19. (vv. There is no triumph without trouble. But God knew, and God saw, and it was with Him, and not with these "feeble Jews," that they had to do. 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. Read Nehemiah commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography of selected works), Keith Mathison in his review of best commentaries on Judges makes general comments that would apply to his short commentary on Nehemiah - “If you can only have one commentary on the historical books, get the commentaries by Davis. Spurgeon on K & D on Ezra/Nehemiah/Esther- Just the kind of book in which Keil’s method of commenting appears to the best advantage. They were rebellious, "appointed a captain to return to their bondage." ezra.pdf . I. These workers had grace enough to go where they were sent, and to do their part gladly, knowing that each piece of work was a needful part of the great whole. The Word at first may pierce the heart and melt down the will, but it is to the end that we might rejoice in Him (v. 10, last clause). He Knew the Danger of Coming Down. 1-5). Relationship to False Professors. II. In the Hebrew Bible the book of Nehemiah (= comfort of Jah) forms a unity with the preceding book of Ezra (compare with the notes on Ezra). Ten gates were restored in all, and we will consider the meaning of each. It was while Moses held up his hand that Israel prevailed. IV. Exeter: The Paternoster Press, Ltd., 1976. "And lo, I perceived that God had not sent him: therefore was he hired that I should be afraid... that they might reproach me" (vv. Nehemiah’s task was not just to repair the broken down, destroyed walls of the city of Jerusalem. The only rivalry that was among them was a provoking of one another unto love and good works. Take no thought for your life: your Father knows.. From the closet of prayer you can bombard and bring to confusion all the forces of Hell. Many are the obstacles to be overcome and many the pitfalls to be avoided. Ezra and Nehemiah Simply Explained), 3) Donald Campbell (Nehemiah: Man In Charge), 4) Cyril Barber ( Nehemiah. Relationship to the House of God. A Time to Build, Recommended: Very Practical, Applicable Teaching, GREGORY BROWN "So the wall was finished,... and they were much cast down in their own eyes, for they perceived that this work was wrought of God" (vv. The word of edification must follow the work of salvation. II. It is a reproach to God that His house should be forsaken (vv. 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. Pbk. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand. The Holy Spirit will never put a premium on hypocrisy. "The wall is broken down" (chapter 1:3). Ezra was known as a ready scribe in the law of Moses (Ezra 7:6). Nehemiah was angry as a shopper arriving too late for the bargains. Than brightest transports, choicest prayers,  The Preacher. By the grace of God, we may now eat the fat and drink the sweet, but surely the love of Christ should constrain us to remember those who are as yet outside the Kingdom of God, and for whom "nothing is prepared." "Easy indeed it were to reach Nehemiah led by example, giving up a respected position in a palace for hard labor in a politically insignificant district. Water is a type of the Word of God. Commentary on the "The wise man's heart is at his right hand," ready to manifest itself in action (Ecclesiastes 10:2). He Enforced the Truth. These three chapters present that way, in the correct order: Chapter 8: the work of God’s Word (exposure to, and understanding of the Word) Chapter 9: the experience of genuine prayer (confession of sin, and worship of God) Chapter 10: decision and action (in the spirit of sacrifice) Reflect on these truths, especially as they apply to Christian living. By and by, the enemy gained free access to your life. The soul of the man was greatly exercised, so that the real meaning of the words might be seen. The Holy Spirit works through us that which He has wrought in us. Surveys the Difficulties. At once this single-eyed man of God raised his voice against them and their unseemly doings, and sought to bring them back to a life of conformity to the Word and will of God. 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. How beautiful to see whole families united in furthering the work of the Lord. Yet while every worker had his recognized weapon, there were different ways in which they were held. Right click and select "Save Target As" (to Desktop, Ipod, etc), BRYN MACPHAIL Paul spoke of it as being a form of deception when he said, ''And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. We ought to be thankful to God that He has given to us statutes that are right, in which the heart can rejoice, and a commandment that is pure, enlightening the eyes (Psalm 19:8, 9). It was an infringement of the law of God (Leviticus 23:32). George Rawlinson - Exposition Takes Time to Reflect. This was no formal prayer. They had no mind to sit moping over their difficulties, or to spend their time in mere talk or fault-finding. Interestingly, this gate did not need repair. "Then I... rebuked the nobles and the rulers" (v. 7). In fact, God has placed you where you are for a purpose. God who Supplies all our Need. London: The Religious Tract Society, 1885, M.J. Boda, "Praying the Tradition: The Origin and Use of Tradition in Nehemiah 9," Tyndale Bulletin 48.1 (1997): 179-182, Steve Brady, "Restoring Your Vision-With Nehemiah," Evangel12:2 (1994): 34-36. Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther - Bible Study Lessons The God of the Bible (study of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). And then it broke into pieces, and there was a hole. Every movement of the pillar was a fresh deliverance on their behalf. The object was to fill Nehemiah with the fear of man, and so paralyze him for the work of God. How can we expect to prevail with God in prayer if there is no confession made of that deceitfulness which has made our lives so barren in the past. "Faith's meanest deed more favor bears He yielded himself entirely to the pressure of His heavy, yet "good hand." This gate speaks of the overflowing life, the ''rivers of living water'' made possible by the Holy Spirit (John 7:38). You can find the best commentary on Ezra/Nehemiah for you using the tools on the right side. The apostle Paul said, ''For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures… '' (1Cor 15:3). (1200 word vocabulary), EXPOSITOR'S DICTIONARY OF TEXTS Excellent Study, Spurgeon - The author does not attempt a full exposition, but aims at furnishing a plain, practical handbook for men of business and others whose time is limited. The old Hebrew became a literary and sacred tongue, the language of everyday life being probably Aramaic. Now, because of my present need; therefore, because of the strength and wrath of the enemy. This implied separation from all those who were without. ALBERT BARNES The most important works are by Dod (Genesis), Chadwick (Exodus and Mark), Kellogg (Leviticus), Blaikie (Joshua, I and II Samuel), Adeney (Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther), Maclaren (Psalms), Moule (Romans), Findlay (Galatians and Ephesians), Plummer (Pastoral Epistles and the Epistles of James and Jude), and Milligan (Revelation.) Nehemiah’s response when he heard about the condition of the people and walls around Jerusalem was to fast and pray, seeking God’s divine guidance. The fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Nehemiah 2:11-20. Those who go and work for love to Him will receive from Him "that which is right." " Free PDF Ezra And Nehemiah Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries " Uploaded By Penny Jordan, ezra and nehemiah tyndale old testament commentaries kidner derek on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers ezra and nehemiah tyndale old testament commentaries derek kidner 1913 2008 was warden of tyndale house cambridge he wrote several volumes in the tyndale old testament commentary … Nehemiah’s humility before God (see his moving intercessory prayers in chapters 1 and 9) provided an example for the people. Nehemiah went to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall in the 20th year of King Artaxerxes (444 B.C. (The Lion Handbook to the Bible quoting from Ezra and Nehemiah - Derek Kidner), a. Whatever you do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord. Book of Nehemiah, ARNO GAEBELEIN Hands that "hang down" in weakness are useless hands.  When holy fires maintain love's heavenly life.". It is still the day of rest, and is manifestly the gift of God, sanctified by Him in the raising of His Son from the dead. They were responsive. 15, 16). "This one thing I do" (Philippians 3:3), was the all-absorbing motive. But in vain do these fowlers spread their net before the eyes of the God of Heaven. Their aims are too lofty; they attempt too much. Sermons on God has provided sufficient equipment-- the panoply of power, the full armor described in Ephesians 6:10-18. (Hand Me Another Brick - Charles R. Swindoll), LORING BATTEN Look up the verses and incidents which indicate these qualities. Tantalizing Arrows of Scorn. Nehemiah and by stylistic and theological similarities that exist between both books. Introduction to the Book of Ezra. If He fails me, His temple can afford me no security. —Cyril J. Barber, The Minister’s Library. 1910, JAMIESON, FAUSSET AND BROWN 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. Every worker joined his work with his neighbor's. May God raise up a numerous succession to them among the needy churches of our day! He who regards the day as unto the Lord will certainly be blessed in so doing. We shall look at—. What does that mean? A Model for Men of Business or We may not like the lower places, because there we are more exposed to the wrath of the enemy and the workers themselves may need to go out of sight. What right has anyone to feast continually on spiritual things if there is no outcome in active service for the Lord, the Giver of all? What was the significance of gatekeepers in the Bible? (Overview of Nehemiah- Rebuilding the Walls). 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