Nehemiah Chapter 13 Standing by our promises - A Not so Happy Ending Part II
Nehemiah Chapter 13 -- Servant of the Most High Nehemiah 13:1-14 • Using this passage, list some of the things Nehemiah did right. • We’d call Nehemiah a layman today. What lesson can we learn from this lay leader’s faith in God. Personal Question & Challenge: • What action do you intend to take after discussing this passage last week?
Nehemiah Chapter 13 -- More Abuses Nehemiah 13:15-18 • What did Nehemiah see happening on the Sabbath? • Why was this a big deal? (10:31) • How did Nehemiah respond? • What do we learn from the following verses • Genesis 2:1-3 • Exodus 20:8 • Exodus 34:21 • Thought question: In light of these verses, how can you apply the principle of keeping the Sabbath? • Isaiah 58:13-14 • Matthew 12:11-13
Nehemiah Chapter 13 -- Man of Spiritual Action Nehemiah 13:19-22 • What action did Nehemiah take recorded in verse 19? • What do his responses in vs 15 to22 tell you about Nehemiah? • Thought Question: Why was Nehemiah reacting so strongly in verse 18 to those who sold goods on the Sabbath? • How could you apply each verse below to your own life? • Deuteronomy 6:5 • Psalm 119:139 • Isaiah 62:1 • Colossians 1:29 • Colossians 3:23
Nehemiah Chapter 13 -- Unequally Yoked Nehemiah 13:23-27 • From what nations did some men of Judah find wives? • Thought Question: Why was Nehemiah so upset that one-half of the children did not know how to speak the language of Judah? • How did Nehemiah respond to these ungodly marriages in verse 25? • Personal Question: What lesson can we learn from Nehemiah’s reaction to his people’s disobedience to the will of God? • Solomon turned from God (1 Kings 11:1-6). What actions did he take in turning from God?
Nehemiah Chapter 13 -- Unequally Yoked Nehemiah 13:28-31 • Why did Nehemiah drive away the grandson of the high priest, Eliashib? • What negative influence might the actions of Eliashib, the high priest, recorded in Nehemiah 13:4-6 have made in his grandson’s life? • What was Nehemiah’s bottom line reason for being upset with the high priest, Eliashib, and his family (v29)? • What action did Nehemiah take in v29, 30 and how can we apply it to our lives today.
Nehemiah Chapter 13 -- Summary Thought / Personal Questions • What might the Jewish people have done to protect themselves from breaking so many of their promises? • How can we prepare ourselves for a lifetime of obedience? • How can we guard ourselves against breaking promises or our covenants with God