Friday, April 16, 2010

Nehemiah


Friend Christy is going to be teaching the book of Nehemiah in the fall. Christy is such a gifted teacher that if she developed a class on the lessons in the Chicago phone book, I would sign up. Unfortunately, I cannot go to Nehemiah. Yesterday I read through the book to see what I could glean on my own. Briefly, and in no particular order, here is what I found:

Nehemiah's heart was so tender that when he discovered all that had happened in Jerusalem, he wept. Do I weep before God when my fellow brothers and sisters suffer?

N's prayer in chapter 1, verse 5, is beautiful. In the same chapter, when N made his request to the king, he was polite. As he moved on the Jerusalem, he valued his people so much as they rebuilt the wall that he named them individually. When insults were thrown at N, he threw them straight to God in prayer. When a plot against N was discovered, first he prayed, then did the next practical thing: posted a guard. When his own people complained, he pondered their problems then acted promptly going to the leaders. N also came up with a plan repopulate the city. There is a lot of space in the book given to the reading of God's word, followed by praise, then confession followed by praise.

So what are some of the high points of this very quick read?
1. People in our lives are very important
2. Politeness is a good characteristic to have
3. Prayer to God is better than responding to insults
4. Pray first, then do the next practical thing (I think Christy taught me this!)
5. Pondering (thinking hard) is sometimes better than quick action
6. Praise should be my response to God - and often it is not

Okay, this was quick - maybe too quick. Who else is a Nehemiah fan and can add to my list? From this list I do have some things to ponder and pray about today.

6 comments:

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

A wonderful post for the letter"N".
I enjoyed the read.

Have a lovely week-end.
Yvonne,

Gregg said...

As a pastor I love Nehemiah. I almost did my "N" on him.

Let me recommend a must read book. It is written well and on a level where anyone can understand it. It is written to help pastors, but it can help SS teachers, bible study ldrs, etc.

It is called "A Passion for Faithfulness: Wisdom from the Book of Nehemiah." It is by J. I. Packer, Crossway Books.

arlee bird said...

Nothing really to add but I've noticed over the past couple of years I've heard a lot of lessons and sermons on Nehemial and don't really recall hearing much about him in the past. Don't know what the signicance of that is but I just found it to be interesting.

Lee
Tossing It Out

Ellie said...

Wow, I think you could take these lessons and make a "P" post! We
can all take note.

Gregg said...

Thank you for you kind words on Wanda's site!

Tori Cooper said...

Great mini lessons... It's been a while since I have read about Nehemiah... hmm... will have to check it out...