A Study of Ezra and Nehemiah
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A Study of Ezra and Nehemiah
Restoration through Comfort and Strength
Published:
8/17/2011
Format:
Perfect Bound Softcover
Pages:
344
Size:
8.25x11
ISBN:
978-1-46270-604-4
Print Type:
B/W

A Study of Ezra and Nehemiah: Restoration through Comfort and Strength explores the insights offered by these two often-neglected biblical books for Christians seeking encouragement and sustenance from God’s Word in the midst of trying times. Author Charlotte Travis leads readers through historical details, connections with other parts of the Bible, and spiritual insights that flow from each verse of Ezra and Nehemiah. Daily studies, spanning twenty-one weeks, help students discover the riches that God gives to all who trust His Word and who desire to serve God by building His Kingdom in their lives and in the world around them.

 

Each day’s study begins by inviting readers to pray. An approachable introduction places the day’s passage in context. A verse-by-verse exploration asks questions and guides readers through the passage. Each day features a memory verse and encouragement to take notes on the day’s study.

 

Christians who see the challenges to their faith often find great value in guides that point clearly to the mighty arm of God and His work to overcome adversity in their daily lives. If you seek wisdom from God’s Word, confidence that He protects His people, and hope in the face of evil, then A Study of Ezra and Nehemiah can provide you with the resources for immersing yourself in two books that offer precisely these gifts.

Day Three: Nehemiah 4:1-6

Journal

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A Mind to Work

In Matthew 6:33, Jesus tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Today we’re going to see how important that Kingdom focus is as we follow Christ from victory to victory building in His Strength. This world is just not our home. We are to be excellent in all we do here as we showcase His glory so that others can find Him, but we are not to consider ourselves permanent inhabitants here. We cannot let the enemy or anything else become a distraction from our seeking God and allowing Him to bear fruit through us as we abide in Christ.

This week we’ll be learning from God’s amazing Word how to remain steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 15:58) No one teaches like He does!

Read Nehemiah 4:1.

When we read of this rebuilding in Nehemiah, or hear of any restoration our Father does as He provides newness of life through Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, we rejoice and jump up and down. What was Sanballat’s reaction? _ _ _________________________________________

What a picture of our enemy Satan. God’s own read or hear of our Father’s resurrection power, His ability to restore to wholeness through Christ, and we can hardly contain ourselves with joy. As we see the Day approaching of Christ’s return and the absolute complete fulfillment of the Plan of the ages we look to that Day with anticipation of all our Father has in store for us in the eternal Kingdom. We look forward to the moment our Savior appears to be adored by those who love and obey Him. What is Satan’s reaction as he sees the Day approaching according to Revelation 12:12? _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _________________________________________

Well, hello Sanballat. Great wrath, furious, indignant…against our Creator and lover of our souls.

Christ is coming for a bride without spot or wrinkle. (Ephesians 5:27) He is restoring, rebuilding, and preparing for His return and the ultimate gathering back of believers in the New Jerusalem. (Revelation 21:2) Satan is furious. Especially as he sees his time is short. These events in Nehemiah were written for our admonition. These are truths we have always needed, truths we need for our everyday lives right now, and truths we need for what’s around the corner including the last days. Let’s hear and heed what He teaches. Those who know their God will be strong and do! (Daniel 11:32) I’m amazed at all He has for us in this study of Ezra and Nehemiah already.

What did this furious and indignant enemy do to the Jews according to Nehemiah 4:1? ________

This word mocked is the Hebrew word ??? (la`ag) and is a primitive root meaning, “...to deride; by impl. (as if imitating a foreigner) to speak unintelligibly:–have in derision, laugh (to scorn), mock (on), stammering.” [1] Deride means “...to laugh at in contempt or scorn; make fun of; ridicule...” [2] Satan knows good and well how annoying mocking can be and loves to find something that will get under our skin. If something gets under our skin, watch out! If we’re not careful, the next thing we know that thing can become our focus. Unintelligent stammering may be easy enough to ignore, but ridicule and scorn are a bit harder. We have got to be ready ahead of time to be aware of the enemy’s tactics and not allow mocking to catch us off guard, affect our right thinking, or become our focus.

Read Nehemiah 4:2–3.

Lord, help us to know what to do, because I’m annoyed just reading this. “Lord, help us” it is. They cried out to God for help and we’ll learn what to do right along with them as we continue reading.

Read Nehemiah 4:4–5.

Amen! It is so important that we let the Lord, strong and mighty, fight our battles. And remember, we always want what God wants. He desires repentance of sins and that

Charlotte Travis, a graduate of the University of Alabama, was a sixth-grade teacher. She leads a weekly Bible study. The author of two books, A Study of 1 & 2 Timothy: Guarding Truth and A Study of the Book of Acts: True Kingdom Building, she is a wife and mother of three living in Kennesaw, Georgia. You can contact Charlotte at A b i d e I n H i m . C h a r l o t t e Travis@gmail.com or visit her blog at h t t p : / / c h a r l o t t e t r a v is.wordpress.com.


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