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Nehemiah’s Burden

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The book of Nehemiah

•    Not a prophet like Ezekiel, not a priest like Ezra, Nehemiah was a “layman.”  He was the king’s cupbearer.  He was a man of integrity, dependability along with many responsibilities.
•    Ezra returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple.  Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls.  There are 13 years between Ezra and Nehemiah.  He rebuilt the walls in 52 days that is less than two months.
•    The word “great” is sprinkled through the book of Nehemiah.  In chapter 9, it is used 7 times.  In the other chapters, it is never used more than three times.  Nehemiah never refers to himself as great.  It primarily refers to God and the joy and sacrifices in worshipping Him.  Therefore, we will borrow that word “great” and ask five questions from the book and life of Nehemiah.

I.    Do we have a great burden?
A.    The petition of Nehemiah, 1:2c – How are the people of God?  How are the members of East Keys Baptist Church?
B.    The pity of Nehemiah, 1:4 – he wept, mourned, fasted, and prayed.
C.    The prayer of Nehemiah, 1:5 – 11 – in 13 chapters, Nehemiah prays 11 times.
1.    God’s attributes are our hope, 1:5.
2.    God’s power is our deliverance, 1:8.  God has delivered us from our sins but not our distresses; there will be difficulties.
3.    Nehemiah’s persistence is our example, he prayed for four months from 1:1 to 2:1.

II.    Do we see great possibilities?  God was working on Nehemiah and Artaxerxes.
A.     Send me to Jerusalem, and give me everything I need for the job, 2:7 – 8a.  We honor God by making large requests.
B.    Are you interested in the welfare of East Keys Baptist Church, 2:10?
C.    There must be prayer and planning.  There is 6 months from 1:1 to 2:12.  There are no quick fixes.  God took 7 days to create the earth, 40 years to prepare Moses, 3 ½ years to prepare the Apostles and then told them to wait.  To rebuild the church and our lives, we must take notice of the ruins, and ask what is wrong?  What needs to change?  What needs to stay?
What has God put on your heart to do at East Keys Baptist Church, 2:12?
D.    The plan of Nehemiah, 2:17 – 18
1.    We are in distress, 2:17a.
2.    We are a reproach, 2:17f
3.    Let us build, 2:17e and 18c.

III.    Do we trust a great God?
A.    I serve a great God.  Do not forget whom we worship.  He is great, mighty, and terrible, 9:32; 4 times God is called great.
B.    I serve a good God, 9:35  9:25 last words, then 2:8 & 18.

IV.    Do I face great problems and obstacles?
A.     Opposition from Without means Opportunity Within
1.    There was opposition by making fun; a fox will knock down their walls, 4:3.
2.    There was a conspiracy, 4:8.
3.    They were driven to work, 4:6d.
B.     Opposition from Within means Opportunity Wasted
1.    There was discord, 5:1 – 4.
2.    Discord had led to despair; they had not followed Scripture, 5:5 & 7.
3.    We have a testimony before the lost.  When we do not obey, the Scripture it affects the lost, 5:9.

V.    Do I make great sacrifices?
A.     Nehemiah did not take a salary, v. 14.
B.     Nehemiah did not buy up property, v. 16.
C.     Nehemiah fed 150 people at his own expense, v. 17.
D.    Nehemiah gave up his rights and privileges.  “I have my rights as a church member.”
1.    Paul was an apostle; he gave up his rights, 1 Corinthians 9:1 – 7.
2.    Jesus was the Son of God; he gave up his rights, Philippians 2:3 – 7a.

Are you interested in the welfare of East Keys Baptist Church?
If so, what has God put on your heart to do at East Keys Baptist Church?
Do you know that the good hand of God is upon you if so have we strengthened our hands to work?  2:18

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