Nehemiah. Let’s go back to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob was called Israel by God. Israel begot 12 sons. Then there became 12 tribes of Israel . The Israelites were united as one Kingdom. It was ruled by king David, and then by King Solomon. When King Solomon died, his son took over.
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After a while, a Persian Empire arose that was more powerful than the Babylonians, and the Babylonians themselves were captured by the Persians
Led by someone named Ezra who was a priest.
A while after that, the third and final group returned, and this was led by Nehemiah
His brother came to him and told him that the walls of Jerusalem were still destroyed, and the people there (who had already returned from captivity) were distressed.
In Nehemiah’s days, walls of the cities provided safety, and symbolized strength and peace
Obstacle Nehemiah faced
Similar obstacle we may face
People may try to scare us by telling us we’re going against everyone else(or the world)
Similar Obstacle we may face
We could be made fun of when we try to do the right thing
Nehemiah prayed to God to help them and protect them from their enemies. He did not respond back with ridicule but turned his problem to God, and indeed God blessed him.
Similar obstacles we may face
Attacks of the devil on the Church
Feeling down if it seemslike we can’t accomplish the goal we have
The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build (Nehemiah 2:20)
Two things needed for us to change