Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Nehemiah

The book of Nehemiah  recounts Nehemiah's time as Governor of Canaan when Gods people were returning from Babylon. He rebuilds the walls of Jerusalem, along with Ezra he leads God's people in warship and he administers their affairs.  In the 20th year of Artaxerxes, Nehemiah, was the cup-bearer to the king in Susa. He learns that the wall of Jerusalem is destroyed. He begins to intercede of the people of Israel. He prays to God, asking God to forgive their sins. He asks God to restore Israel. He asks the king to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and the king is receptive and extends aid to his mission. Nehemiah and the Jews begin rebuilding Jerusalem. The enemies  plot to attack Jerusalem, and amidst all the trials the wall is completed. Important to his daily work is prayer through which he expresses his dependence on God. As you read this book ask yourself how God wants you to serve his people and be sure that everything you do is accompanied by prayer.

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