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EZRA – NEHEMIAH: LESSON FOUR
I. MINISTRY OF REFORM – PUTTING AWAY FOREIGN WIVES (9-
A. Ezra hears and reacts to sin (9:1-
1. “Holy seed have mingled themselves with the peoples of the land” (v. 2).
2. Ezra tears garments and plucks hair in horror and grief (v. 3-
B. Ezra confesses sin on behalf of Israel and prays (9:5-
C. Ezra encouraged to make covenant: put away foreign wives (10:1-
1. Proposed by Shecaniah (v. 1-
2. Ezra’s fast (v.6)
3. Proclamation summoning all Jews to Jerusalem (v. 7-
4. Ezra’s address and people’s confession of sin (v. 10-
5. Work accomplished (v. 16-
D. List of those who had married foreigners by whom some had children (10:18-
1. Priests (v. 18-
2. Levites: including singers and porters (v. 23-
3. Son’s of Israel (v. 25-
1. Where did God command Israel not to marry women from the peoples of the land?
2. Why did God give such a law?
3. From whom did Ezra learn of sin of Israel?
4. Who had been foremost in committing this sin?
5. How did Ezra react to the news of sin among his people?
6. Why did Ezra confess the sins of the people?
7. What do you learn from Ezra’s prayer that made this sin so grievous?
8. Who encouraged Ezra to lead people to make the covenant with God to put away their foreign wives?
Why is this especially commendable?
9. What was the penalty for not heeding the proclamation to assemble in Jerusalem in three days?
10. What two reasons caused the people to tremble when they assembled in Jerusalem?
11. What did Ezra command the people to do regarding their unlawful marriages?
12. Why do you think Meshullam might have stood up against Ezra’s plan?
13. How long did it take to examine and solve the problem of foreign wives?
14. God would never want me to leave an unlawful marriage when innocent children are involved. (T) (F)
EZRA – NEHEMIAH: LESSON FIVE
I. THE BEGINNING OF NEHEMIAH’S WORK TO REBUILD THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM (Chapters 1-
A. Nehemiah hears sad news from Judah (1:1-
B. Nehemiah’s grief and prayer (1:4-
C. Nehemiah’s commission to rebuild the walls (2:1-
D. Nehemiah’s journey and night visit of the wall (2:9-
E. Nehemiah’s preparation to build, and the scorn from the Samaritans (2:17-
F. The names of the builders and their places of work (3:1-
1. In what year did Nehemiah hear sad news concerning Jerusalem?
2. Where was Nehemiah when he received the news?
3. _____________________________ told Nehemiah that the wall of Jerusalem was ______________ _________________ and the gates thereof were ____________ with _______________.
4. In Nehemiah’s prayer, describe Nehemiah’s concept of the character of God: Now, show how his prayer and petitions build on that understanding:
5. Nehemiah wanted God to grant him mercy in the sight of what man?
6. Nehemiah was a ________________________ to the king.
7. How long was it from the time that Nehemiah heard the sad news concerning Jerusalem until the king asks Nehemiah about his sadness?
8. Why was Nehemiah afraid of being sad before King Artaxerxes?
9. What did Nehemiah do first when the king asked him about his request?
10. Why did Nehemiah want letters sent to Asaph?
11. Who accompanied Nehemiah to Jerusalem?
12. _______________ and _____________________ were grieved to hear of Nehemiah’s coming to Jerusalem? Why?
13. What did Nehemiah do before he told men of his plans in coming to Jerusalem?
14. What did Nehemiah say and reveal that caused the Jews to say, “Let us rise up and build.”?
15. Describe the faith that Nehemiah had in the face of laughing scorn?
16. The rebuilding work done by the priests was closely connected with the temple. (T) (F)
17. The leaders of what group of people refused to get involved with the rebuilding project? How do we know that the group did not allow such refusal to dampen the builders’ zeal?
18. What connection appears to take place between the place the workers are placed and the portion of wall they rebuild?