Nehemiah 9 – Bible Study Questions

October 27, 2021

Nehemiah 9 – Bible Study Questions
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People gather together. –Neh 9:1-5

  • What was the purpose of this gathering? What can we learn from them? About the Word? About confession? About worship?
  • Why do you think this process of reading/hearing the word, confession leads to worship of God’s name? –Neh 9:5;Ex 34:4-7
  • How much do you “crave” Christ and His Word?
    1Pe 2:1-3;Col 3:1-3

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The people praise God and recall what He has done for them.
Neh 9:6-31

  • What can we learn from this worship and prayer? What does it help you remember?
    *v6: God is God alone-the creator who imparts life
    *v7-8: God keeps His promises-He is righteous
    *v9-12: God works miracles to protect His people. He sees/hears their cries and guides them to safety.
    *v13-14: God gave laws and statutes that are right and just
    *v15: God provides for His people
    *v16-31: God full of forgiveness, merciful & compassionate. He does not abandon His people. His people enjoyed to the full His great goodness.
  • What can we learn about God’s character? –Ps 103
  • What can we learn about God’s people? –2Tim 2:8-13

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Humility and Renewal –Neh 9:32-38

  • Where does this gathering lead?
  • What does this tell you about God’s Word? Repentance? Renewal?
    Ro 12:1-3;Phil 4:4-9

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The Lord’s Faithfulness – My Fortress

October 27, 2021

Psalm 18:30,1-3The one true God acts in a faithful manner{His way is perfect}; All the LORD’s promises prove true{reliable}. He is a shield to all who take refuge{trust} in Him. … … 1 “I love You, O LORD, my strength.” 2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust{take refuge}; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 3 I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, And I am saved{delivered} from my enemies.
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A song:
I love You Lord my Rock
I love You Lord my Shield
I love You Lord my Strength
Forever You are to be praised!
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Your Faithfulness – my Fortress
My Stronghold and Refuge
Your Promises All True –Num 23:19;Ps 138:2
Lord I will trust in You
Forever I will love You Lord!
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Psalm 138:2 NLT … I bow before Your holy Temple as I worship. I will give thanks to Your name for Your unfailing love and faithfulness, because Your promises are backed by all the honor of Your name.

From NetBible Ps 138:2
NET … I will bow down toward Your holy temple, and give thanks to Your name, because of Your loyal love and faithfulness, for You have exalted Your promise above the entire sky.

  • * For You have exalted over all the heavens Your name and Your word.
  • * The point is that God has been faithful to His promise and the reliability of that promise is apparent to all.
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    => Forever, O LORD, Your Word stands secure in heaven{Your promise is reliable}. Ps 119:89

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Word Insight leads to Joy!

October 23, 2021

Nehemiah 8:12Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood{gained insight into} the words that had been made known to them.
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The Word is perfect-flawless
=>Restoring and Refreshing the soul.
The Word is Reliable and Trustworthy
=>Making Wise the Simple{inexperienced}. –Ps 19:7; 18:30
The Word is Right, Fair and Pure
=>Bringing Joy to the Heart and
Enlightening the Eyes. –Ps 19:8; Pro 30:5
Keeping the Word brings great Reward and Joy! –Neh 8:12;Ps 19:7-11
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Psalm 19:7-11,14 Amplified Bible (AMP)
7 The law of the Lord is perfect (flawless), restoring and refreshing the soul; The statutes of the Lord are reliable and trustworthy, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true, they are righteous altogether.
10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned [reminded, illuminated, and instructed]; In keeping them there is great reward. …
… 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable and pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, immovable] rock and my Redeemer.

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Psalm 18:30 Amplified Bible (AMP)
30 As for God, His way is blameless.
The word of the Lord is tested [it is perfect, it is faultless];
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

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Proverbs 30:5 Amplified Bible (AMP)
5 Every word of God is tested and refined [like silver]{pure};
He is a shield to those who trust and take refuge in Him.

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Psalm 12:6 Amplified Bible (AMP)
6 The words and promises of the Lord are pure words,
Like silver refined in an earthen furnace, purified seven times.

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Joy of the Lord = Strength

October 18, 2021

Nehemiah 8:10 AMPC … … be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.
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Trust in the Lord
Take refuge, shelter in Him
For the Joy of the Lord is your
Strength and Stronghold.
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Today-be exceedingly glad in His presence
You will not be moved! –Neh 8:10;Ps 21:6-7; 5:11-12
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Psalm 5:11-12 AMPC … But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits. 12 For You, Lord, will bless the [uncompromisingly] righteous [him who is upright and in right standing with You]; as with a shield You will surround him with goodwill (pleasure and favor).
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Word Study
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From NetBible Neh 8:10

  • joy[02304] = rejoicing, gladness
    from [02302] reference:

    Psalm 21:6-7 AMPC … For You make him to be blessed and a blessing forever; You make him exceedingly glad with the joy[02302] of Your presence. 7 For the king trusts, relies on, and is confident in the Lord, and through the mercy and steadfast love of the Most High he will never be moved[04131].

    • moved[04131] = shaken, dislodged, removed
  • strength[04581] = place of safety, stronghold, protection, refuge, rock

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Nehemiah 7 – Let us be Watchful!

October 17, 2021

Nehemiah 7:3And I said to them, “Do not let the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot; and while they stand guard , let them shut and bar the doors; and appoint guards from among the inhabitants of Jerusalem, one at his watch station and another in front of his own house.”
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=> Let us be Watchful!
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Devoted to Prayer
Keeping alert in it with Thanksgiving! –1Pe 4:7;Col 4:2
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For your adversary, the devil
Prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
Resist him, be steadfast in the faith. –1Pe 5:8-9;Ja 4:7-8
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1Thessalians 5:4-8, 21-23 … But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day{of the Lord} to surprise you like a thief; 5 for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert-watchful and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. …
… 21 But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; 22 abstain from every form{all appearance} of evil.

23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Word Study
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From NetBible Neh 7:3

  • stand guard[04931] = safeguard, keep watch

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From NetBible 1Thess 5:6

  • alert[1127] = watch, to keep awake, vigilant
  • sober[3525] = be self-controlled, to be calm and collected in spirit
  • Be of sober[3525] spirit, be on the alert-watchful[1127]. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1Pe 5:8
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    Be devoted to prayer, keeping alert-watchful[1127] in it with thanksgiving.Col 4:2
  • asleep[2518] = to yield to sloth and sin, to be indifferent to one’s salvation

From NetBible 1Thess 5:21

  • test[1381] =  prove, scrutinise (to see whether a thing
    is genuine or not)

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Related:
Be Watchful{prayers}

Nehemiah 8 – Bible Study Questions

October 15, 2021

Nehemiah 8 – Bible Study Questions
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Public Reading and Reverence of the Word –Neh 8:1-5

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Response to the Word –Neh 8:6-8

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Rejoicing in the Word –Neh 8:9-12

  • Why did the people weep at first in response to the Word? –2Cor 7:9-10
  • What can you learn from the phrase “this day is holy to our Lord”?
  • What can you learn from the phrase “the joy of the Lord is your strength”? –Ps 21:6-7; 5:11-12; 16:11
  • Why did the people rejoice in v12? –Ps 19:7-11

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The Feast of Booths –Neh 8:13-18

  • Why do you think this gathering to hear and understand God’s Word is a day by day continuing process?
  • What did the people discover written in the Law? What is their response?
  • Why do you think the celebration of this Feast of Booths resulted in such rejoicing-joy? –Jn 15:4-5,9-11

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Nehemiah 5 – Remember Me Prayer

October 11, 2021

Nehemiah’s Prayer
Nehemiah 5:19 … Remember me, my God, for good{favorably}, according to all that I have done for this people
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Nehemiah prayed this after he let many less fortunate
Dine at his table. –Neh 5:17-18
This prayer was not so much that God would remember
For He never forgets. –Heb 6:10
But that Nehemiah would remember God’s character
The Lord doesn’t lie or change! –Num 23:19
Nehemiah was trusting God for His unfailing compassion
And lovingkindnesses.
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Psalm 25:6Remember, O LORD, Your unfailing compassion and lovingkindness, for You have always acted in this manner.
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Hebrews 6:10 AMP … For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown for His name in ministering to [the needs of] the saints (God’s people), as you do.
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Word Study
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From Neh 5:19 Biblehub:
Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers
5:19 Think upon me, my God.—Inserting the present prayer far from this people, Nehemiah humbly asks his recompense not from them, but from God. Nothing was more distant from his thoughts than the fame of his good deeds.
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Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
5:14-19 Those who truly fear God, will not dare to do any thing cruel or unjust. Let all who are in public places remember that they are so placed to do good, not to enrich themselves. Nehemiah mentions it to God in prayer, not as if he had merited any favour from God, but to show that he depended upon God only, to make up to him what he had lost and laid out for his honour. Nehemiah evidently spake and acted as one that knew himself to be a sinner. He did not mean to claim a reward as of debt, but in the manner that the Lord rewards a cup of cold water given to a disciple for his sake{Mt 10:42; 25:40}. The fear and love of God in the heart, and true love of the brethren, will lead to every good work. These are proper evidences of justifying faith; and our reconciled God will look upon persons of this character for good, according to all they have done for his people.
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Nehemiah 7 – Bible Study Questions

October 9, 2021

Nehemiah 7 – Bible Study Questions
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Nehemiah organizes after the wall is finished –Neh 7:1-5

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Genealogies of people returning in the first wave –Neh 7:6-69

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People contribute to the work –Neh 7:70-73

  • How can we build each other up? –2Cor 9:7;1Pe 4:7-11;Pro 11:25
  • Nehemiah 1-6 was about restoring the ruined walls. Nehemiah 7 starts the spiritual restoration of the people. What spiritual things are being restored here? Why did the people need a place to gather for this?
    *Worship –Neh 7:1
    *Prayer-Watchfulness –Neh 7:3
    *The Word –Neh 8:1

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Nehemiah 6 – Bible Study Questions

October 4, 2021

Nehemiah 6 – Bible Study Questions
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Nehemiah won’t give in to distraction –Neh 6:1-4

  • Why do you think “the enemies” sent an invitation to meet with Nehemiah?
  • How does Nehemiah respond? Does this response seem too careful?
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    Proverbs 14:15The simple believes every word, but the prudent considers well{discerns} his steps.
    *Believes every word. =>So having no fixed principles by which to go, often takes a wrong step; while the prudent man considers well (Pro 14:8; Ps 37:23-24) where each step will lead, and therefore does not go astray.

Nehemiah won’t pay attention to rumors or slander –Neh 6:5-9

  • How can focusing on a great work keep us from distraction and growing weak? –Neh 6:9;1Cor 15:57-58
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    From https://biblehub.com/1_corinthians/15-58.htm:
    Therefore.–Because all this is so–because there is a life hereafter–let this life here be worthy of it. You might grow weak and faint-hearted if you could think that all your work for God and truth here might be wasted; but it is not so. It cannot be “in vain if it be “in the Lord.” It is very striking and very expressive of the real spirit of the gospel that a chapter which leads us step by step through the calm process of logic, and through glowing passages of resistless eloquence to the sublimest thoughts of immortality, should at last thus close with words of plain and practical duty. Christianity never separates, in precept or in promise, “the life that now is” and “that which is to come.”
  • Pray “strengthen my hands” to do Your work Lord.
    Neh 6:9;Gal 6:7-10

Nehemiah won’t fall into the temptation of fear –Neh 6:10-14

The wall is finished in spite of all opposition –Neh 6:15-19

  • Because of how fast the wall was rebuilt all the nations knew it was because of the Lord’s help and favor; therefore He received the glory!
    Ps 37:5-6;1Jn 4:4

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***** Summary of opposition:
Chapter 4 – Opposition from without (the ridicule of the work and the threats)
Chapter 5 – Opposition from within (Where the people were charging their poorer brethren unreasonable rates of interest)
Chapter 6 – More opposition from without.
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Seed for the Sower – Bread for the Eater

September 28, 2021

Seed for the Sower
Bread for the Eater
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Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.Jn 12:24
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As the rain and snow come down from heaven
And do not return there without watering the earth
So My word that goes out from My mouth
It will not return void=accomplish nothing!
Instead the soil is “watered” making it
“Bear and Sprout”! –Isa 55:10-11
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The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.Mk 4:28
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Seed for the Sower
Bread for the Eater
His Word Sent
Does Not return Void!
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Psalm 107:20 AMPC … He sends forth His word and heals them and rescues them from the pit and destruction.