Here we stand at the door to the book of the Old Testament prophet, Nehemiah. Some of us have been here before and some of us have not, but God has something for all of us – each and every one – within the thirteen chapters of this book. That is something to be excited about, my friends!
The book of Nehemiah is the story of a wall. Not a metaphorical wall, but an actual, honest-to-goodness wall. But! Don’t close the laptop just yet. The story of Nehemiah is about so much more than bricks and mortar.
It’s about compassion – of a man for his city, and of our God for sinners (that’s us).
It’s about covenant – God’s unbreakable promise to His people and their commitment to one another.
It’s about community – a band of imperfect people linking arms to do the work of a mighty God.
The book of Nehemiah is a remarkable story about God using regular, God-fearing folks – not just the big, impressive leaders – to accomplish His redemptive purposes.
As you study this book of the Bible, it may be helpful to think of it in two parts:
Part One | Chapters 1-7 | The Reconstruction
Part Two | Chapters 8-13 | The Re-instruction
First, God builds up His people as they build up, or reconstruct, the wall.
Then, God re-instructs the people through His servant Nehemiah and through His Word.
And then? A surprise ending. Stick around and see!
Before we dive into Day 1 and Chapter 1 tomorrow, would you pray with us? Together as a fellowship of believers – real women gathered around this virtual table – let’s go to the Lord together.
Pray that God would meet us here,
that our hearts would be soft and open to the truth He has for us,
and that this truth would make us more like Jesus.
Get those study packs ready if you’ve got ‘em (though it’s absolutely ok if you don’t!),
and meet us back here tomorrow for Chapter 1/Day 1 of Nehemiah!