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Introduction to Nehemiah ~ Leader and Servant

Introduction to Nehemiah ~ Leader and Servant

48x36 acrylic palette knife painting introducing the Nehemiah exhibit
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Nehemiah - Chapter 1

Nehemiah - Chapter 1

Chapter 1: Ninety years had passed since the first group of Israelites had returned to the Promise Land. The temple had been rebuilt, but the city walls that protected them were still in ruin. Nehemiah was a Jewish man who held a very responsible position in the Persian Government as cup bearer to the King. When he found out about the walls he cried out to God with all his heart.
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Nehemiah - Chapter 2

Nehemiah - Chapter 2

Chapter 2: King Artaxerxes ruled over the entire Medo-Persian Empire. Nehemiah knew he could have lost his life for approaching him, but it was the only way he could help his people. He prayed and then presented his request to the King. Because God's hand was upon Nehemiah, the King granted his request to return to the city. God also moved the Kings heart to supply safety and supplies for the journey! (Has fear ever hindered the power of God from working in your life?)
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Nehemiah - Chapter 3

Nehemiah - Chapter 3

Nehemiah - Chapter 3: So after 90 years, the work began. Sections and gates were delegated out as Priests, foreigners, government rulers, servants, merchants, and even the women came together to rebuild the walls. Baruch son of Zabbai zealously repaired a section, however the Nobles of the city would not put their shoulders to the task. (What will people remember about you and your attitude when working through difficulties?)
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Nehemiah - Chapter 4

Nehemiah - Chapter 4

Nehemiah - Chapter 4: The enemy is furious that the walls are being rebuilt. They threaten war and ridicule the Jews for their feeble attempts to protect the city from them. The people are afraid so Nehemiah prays to God and works out a strategy where half the men stand guard with weapons while the other half work holding their swords. The enemy becomes intimidated. The rebuilding continues. (Turn obstacles into blessings because they make you stronger and more creative.)
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Nehemiah - Chapter 5

Nehemiah - Chapter 5

Nehemiah - Chapter 5: While Nehemiah was keeping the external oppression under control; the internal oppression was steadily increasing. The Nobles were putting heavy burdens on the people. Nehemiah found out about this and became very angry. He called a public gathering to deal with the situation. Nehemiah confronted them with their behavior and they promised to stop. (The anger we see in Chapter 4 was a selfish anger; here we see an example of a righteous anger, which is taking a stance against a horrible injustice.)
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Nehemiah - Chapter 6

Nehemiah - Chapter 6

Nehemiah - Chapter 6: The enemy was furious that the rebuilding had not stopped. In their rage, they bribed inhabitants of Jerusalem to lie and to tempt Nehemiah to sin by entering the Holy Temple. Nehemiah refused and prayed to God for strength to continue on with his work. For 90 years the city stood defenseless, and in 52 days it was a tower of strength again. The enemies knew that this was accomplished by the hand of God and they were afraid. (How do you manage obstacles in your work for the Lord?)
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Nehemiah - Chapter 7

Nehemiah - Chapter 7

Nehemiah - Chapter 7: The construction was over. Now it was time for the real work to begin. Just as the walls were in shambles, so were the people's lives. Nehemiah began to organize the social structure. He delegated out authority by appointing new leaders. He chose men because of their integrity and because they feared the Lord. (Of all the qualities required for a leadership position, look what Nehemiah valued most!)
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Nehemiah - Chapter 8

Nehemiah - Chapter 8

Nehemiah - Chapter 8: On the first day of the seventh month, all the people gathered together before the Water Gate. Ezra the Priest read from the Book of the Law of Moses. The people wept because they realized the extent of their sins. Nehemiah told them that this day was sacred and not to grieve for the Joy of the LORD was their strength. For seven days they worshiped and rejoiced in their new beginning. Not since the days of Joshua had the Feast of Tabernacles been celebrated like this.
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Nehemiah - Chapter 9

Nehemiah - Chapter 9

Nehemiah – Chapter 9: On the 24th day of the seventh month all the Israelites gathered together. They were fasting, wearing sackcloth and putting ashes on their heads. They confessed how incredibly prideful their forefathers had been. They were humbling themselves with broken hearts and asking the Lord to remember His Promise of Love for them. The Levites praised God for who He is, for His enduring patience, and for the discipline they justly received. (How much of your prayer time is devoted to worship?).
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Nehemiah - Chapter 10

Nehemiah - Chapter 10

Nehemiah – Chapter 10: The people bound themselves with a curse and an oath to follow the commandments of God that was given to their forefathers. They promised not to intermarry with pagans, to honor the Sabbath day, to give the land rest every seventh year, and to cancel all depts. They promised to give a third of a shekel a year for the maintenance of the House of God. They promised to bring the first fruits of all their crops, their firstborn sons, and their herds to the House of God. The people promised to tithe their produce to support the Levites.
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Nehemiah - Chapter 11

Nehemiah - Chapter 11

Nehemiah – Chapter 11: The next step was to increase the population of the city. Nehemiah wanted a tenth of all the Priests, Levites, and townspeople to relocate inside the city. The disadvantage of this was that the pagans would avoid trade with them as they were closer to God’s house. This would effect their business transactions as they would have to be honest. Nehemiah cast lots to see who would relocate. (The Urim and Thummim were two stones that were used to determine Gods will. They are mentioned 70 times in the Old Testament. And 7 times in the New Testament. Today we have the Holy Spirit in our hearts to guide us.)
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Nehemiah - Chapter 12

Nehemiah - Chapter 12

Nehemiah – Chapter 12: Nehemiah records all the names of the Levites, Priests and family heads that had returned from the exile. He sent notices to them and to all of Israel to come together for the dedication of the Wall of Jerusalem. Ezra lead the procession as two great choirs were assembled with musical instruments. There was tremendous joy and song and music on that day. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away. (What could you do to start your day off with tremendous joy?)
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Nehemiah - Chapter 13

Nehemiah - Chapter 13

Nehemiah – Chapter 13: Nehemiah returned to Babylon after being gone for twelve years. When he was able to return to Jerusalem things were not as he had left them. Eliashib the Priest had caused the nation to go astray. Nehemiah rebuked them and called curses down on them. He beat them and pulled out their hair. He reprimanded the people for going back to the sinful ways of their forefathers. Nehemiah pleads to God to remember that he had tried with all his heart to accomplish the work that was set before him. (When God calls you into service, that doesn’t mean He is calling you into success. Be obedient, take action, and leave the rest to Him.) “Remember me with favor, O my God.” ~ Nehemiah 13:31
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