Nehemiah 5 & 6

Book of NehemiahNehemiah Challenge: Chapter 5 and 6!

How are you doing so far?

This next chapter is meaningful to me because I have a passion to help the poor and needy.  I am in the city where people can live in astronomically expensive penthouse high rise towers and still over 54,000 people sleep in the city run shelters.

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Nehemiah 3 & 4

Book of NehemiahToday’s challenge was chapters 3 and 4!

Chapter 3 “Builders of the Wall”

When I started reading this, I thought why is he just listing who built this wall?  I don’t know who any of these people are!  Am I supposed to know who Meshulla, son of Berekiah is?  It wasn’t until I got to verse 8 that I started to care.  “Uzziel son of Harhaiah, one of the goldsmiths, repaired the next section; and Hananiah, one of the perfume-makers, made repairs next to that.  They restored Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall.”  Wow, a goldsmith and a perfume-maker were working on this massive undertaking.  People that don’t seem to have any of the skills necessary to build this wall are in on the project.  God didn’t only call the carpenters and craftsmen to be a part of this!  No, He is using regular ole people that want to be a part of something great.  They are volunteers, simply showing up to be His servants in the rebuilding.

That is fantastic news for you and me!  I surely don’t feel like I have any major skills.  I can’t speak at a conference, or write a book: what kind of wall could I help build? What I do have is a heart for Jesus and a desire to be used.

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Nehemiah Chapters 1 & 2

Book of NehemiahFirst of all, who is Nehemiah?

His name means: “Jehovah comforts”

He is the governor of the Jews who returned from exile

In the first line we find out that he is the son of Hacaliah.  In the Jewish culture, it is all about your paternal heritage.  That’s why everyone is mentioned as the “son of so-and-so.”  Hacaliah means “wait for Yahweh.”  Yahweh is the name God gave himself.  I’m a nerd, I like these these kind of details.  As my high school english teacher would say “God is in the details!”  Oh boy is He!

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Nehemiah Challenge

Book of NehemiahThis week’s challenge involves getting into The Word!

We will be reading through the book of Nehemiah.

One of my favorite verses comes from this book (I’ll let you know when we get there!)

Plus, it has 13 chapters.  Perfect for a week of reading!  Feel free to go a little slower and check back in here to go over the chapters :)

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