Presentation on theme: "Let us bow before our Maker. The 1 st 7 chapters tell the story of the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. how to restore our defenses how to rebuild."— Presentation transcript:
Let us bow before our Maker
The 1 st 7 chapters tell the story of the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. how to restore our defenses how to rebuild the walls and the gates of our lives how to close the gaps where the enemy has been getting at us Chapters 8 to 13 focuses on transforming the community based on Biblical principles Reconstruction Reinstruction
What have been some highs and lows of your life? Nehemiah 9:1-5 Worship and Confession How did Israel respond? V1? V2? V3? Fasting - What was the purpose of Fasting Joel 1:14 Matthew 6:17-18 Acts 13:2-3 V2 – Separation and confession of Sin V3 – Studied, confession and worship 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:8-9
Nehemiah 9:1-5 Worship and Confession According to verses 4 & 5, in what activity did the Levites lead the people of Israel? Who is the main focus of this prayer? Why do you think it is important to be more focused on God than yourself during your prayers? What was the most interesting thing you may have learned from the commentary?
Nehemiah 9:5-25 The Character of God List 10 things from v5-15 we learn about God’s character or actions? Using verses 16-18, contrast how Israel dealt with God and how God dealt with Israel. (the nature of Israel vs the Nature of God) Personal Question: Personal Question: Have you ever responded to God in a similar way? How did that work out for you? According to verses 19-21, how did God direct his people?
Nehemiah 9: The Character of People Israel was inconsistent in their dealings with their God. Why do you think they were so disobedient to God? Personal Question: Personal Question: What warning do you receive from the Israelites' disobedience? What do you need to do in order to be more consistent in your relationship with God?
Cross Reference Verse Contribution to personal inconsistency Exodus 32:1When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said to him, “ make us gods who shall go before us.” 1 Kings 11:4 For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the L ORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. Luke 8:13And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. Luke 9:62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” 2 Timothy 4:10For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. From the following cross references, note something from each that might contribute to a person being inconsistent in his devotion to God:
Nehemiah 9:32-38 Now Therefore! How reasonable was the Israelites request? Is it reasonable for us to make the same request? What cycles of grace and disobedience do we get caught in like the Israelites? Why is it so difficult to say “God, you are right and I am wrong?” What 3 things had Israel not done (v34)? What can you learn that will help your relationship with God? What condition does Israel find themselves in (v36)?
Personal Questions What concrete actions can we take to prevent the cycles of disobedience before we get caught in them? When have you been caught in a cycle of learning & relearning the same lesson over & over again? What Memories do you have of God’s care even during those times? Having read the Israelites prayer, what would you like to say to God?
…if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2Ch 7:14