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EZRA – NEHEMIAH: LESSON FIVE


I. THE BEGINNING OF NEHEMIAH’S WORK TO REBUILD THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM (Chapters 1-3)

A. Nehemiah hears sad news from Judah (1:1-3)

B. Nehemiah’s grief and prayer (1:4-11)

C. Nehemiah’s commission to rebuild the walls (2:1-8)

D. Nehemiah’s journey and night visit of the wall (2:9-16)

E. Nehemiah’s preparation to build, and the scorn from the Samaritans (2:17-20)

F. The names of the builders and their places of work (3:1-32)


QUESTIONS:


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?




EZRA – NEHEMIAH: LESSON SIX


I. OVERCOMING OPPOSITION IN BUILDING THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM (Chapters 4-7)

A. Nehemiah prepares for forced stoppage of building the walls (4:1-23).

 1. Prayer and work overcome mockery of Sanballat and Tobiah (v.1-6).

2. Prayer and guards placed in the open prepare for possible sneak attack     (v. 7-14).

3. Builders armed and around-the-clock guards help prevent a surprise attack (v. 15-23).


B. Nehemiah orders the oppression of the poor brethren to cease (5:1-19).

 1. Practice of usury to stop (v. 1-13)

2. Nehemiah’s account of his twelve year (445-444 B.C. to 433-432 B.C.) governmental practice (v. 14-19)


C. Nehemiah completes wall despite secret proceedings of Sanballat and his allies to hinder the building work (6:1-19).

1. Nehemiah refuses five proposals of enemy to meet them in the plain of Ono (v. 1-4).

2. Nehemiah overcomes false open letter with strength of God (v. 5-9).

3. Nehemiah overcomes fear tactics of bribed prophet Shemaiah and prophetess Noadiah (v. 10-14).

4. Wall completed in fifty-two days on the 25th. day of Elul (Aug.) (v. 15-19).

a. Tobiah, using his connection by marriage to the Jews with many letters to put Nehemiah in fear, fails.


D. Nehemiah prepares for security and numerical increase for Jerusalem (7:1-73).

            1. Levites appointed to guard gates of Jerusalem (v.1).

2. Hanani and Hananiah given charge over Jerusalem with instructions concerning the closing and opening of the gates (v. 2-3).

3. Census planned and register found of those who first came to Jerusalem under Zerubbabel (v. 4-73).


QUESTIONS:


1. If the builders of the wall took seriously the mockery cast at them by Sanballat and Tobiah, describe how they would regard their rebuilding work.  


2. Despite the mockery, the walls were built unto what degree of completion?



3. What two factors helped them overcome the mockery unto this degree of completion?

  


4. What action did the builders’ enemies employ when mockery did not work?

             


5. What action did Nehemiah take to overcome this move from the enemy?



6. What were the builders to remember to overcome their fear?

 


7. What three circumstances led the poor in Jerusalem to cry out?



8. What is the sin of “usury?”



9. What action did Nehemiah take to remedy the cry of the poor brethren?



10. Describe the first twelve years of Nehemiah’s governorship as it related to his own people.



11. Name four tactics Sanballat and his allies used against Nehemiah to hinder his rebuilding efforts?



12. How did Nehemiah overcome the hindering tactics?



13. What measures were taken by Nehemiah to protect Jerusalem?



14. Why did Nehemiah want to reckon the people by genealogy?



15. What did Nehemiah find when he began to desire to reckon the people by genealogy?