Sabbath Rest is a Gift

Nehemiah 10:31 – And if the peoples of the land bring in goods or any grain on the Sabbath day to sell, we will not buy from them on the Sabbath or on a holy day. Near the very beginning of the Old Testament, God set the pattern and precedent for what godly work and … Read more

From Independence to Unity

Nehemiah 10:39 – “…We will not neglect the house of our God.” For generations, these families had professed a faith that they did not practice, and often did not possess. They gave lip-service to God but did not live a lifestyle that was godly. The Bible had been ignored, worship services had stopped, people were … Read more

True Revival Brings Real Transformation

Nehemiah 10:30 – We will not give our daughters to the peoples of the land or take their daughters for our sons. The people were devoting their spiritual life, family, schedule, budget, and sexuality fully to God without reservation. When a true revival movement of God the Holy Spirit occurs, every aspect of life is … Read more

8 Lessons from Nehemiah 7

Nehemiah 7:5 – Then my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles and the officials and the people to be enrolled by genealogy. In this chapter we learn many principles about God and people including the following: God made people and saves people because, in His mercy, He cares for us. God … Read more

The People Return Part 2

Nehemiah 7:66 – The whole assembly together was 42,360… Nehemiah lists just over 4,000 priests who were descendants of Moses’ brother Aaron. Listed with them are the Levites who descended from one of the 12 patriarchs in Genesis and assisted the priests in doing the pastoral work of caring for people. The singers who lead … Read more

The People Return Part 1

Nehemiah 7:66 – The whole assembly together was 42,360… Having completed the wall and establishing leadership to care for people in the city and church, the stage was now set for an influx of people and their conversion to the God of the Bible. The leadership principle here is that a leader labors to establish … Read more

Stay Focused on Your Calling

Nehemiah 6:16 – And when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem, for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God. Curiously, the completion of the wall is mentioned in passing with little reflection on Nehemiah’s … Read more

Wall, Welcome, and Worship

Nehemiah 6:15 – So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. Nehemiah’s final response to the attempts to divert, disgrace, and deceive are exemplary. First, he did not lose courage or stop pressing forward. Second, he was discerning and not dissuaded by threats, lies, or manipulation. Third, … Read more