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The Big Book–Cover to Cover: Nehemiah

Michael teaches through Nehemiah, a continuation of last week’s lesson on Ezra.

Nehemiah was a contemporary of Ezra’s. Where Ezra is moving the exiles back to Jerusalem, most of Nehemiah’s account is in Jerusalem as he attempts to repair the wall around the city to prevent enemies from entering who would physically and spiritually destroy Israel’s newly reestablished temple complex.
Nehemiah’s task is a restoration project not unlike Ezra’s attempts to reform the Jews who had fallen away from YHWH.

Scripture referenced:

Nehemiah 1:3-7
Nehemiah 1:8-11
Nehemiah 2:8
Nehemiah 2:10
Nehemiah 2:19
Nehemiah 2:11-16
Luke 14:28
Nehemiah 2:17
Psalm 101
Mark 10:45

Resources mentioned:

1. Bruce Wilkinson and Kenneth Boa, Talk Thru the Bible(Nashville: T. Nelson, 1983)
2. The Bible Project overview of Ezra and Nehemiah: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MkETkRv9tG8
3. The handbook to prayer: https://kenboa.org/product/handbook-to-prayer-praying-scripture-back-to-god/

Observations from Nehemiah’s leadership:

  • Godly leaders identify with the problem
  • Godly leaders are servants
  • Godly leaders have a sense when their skills are needed
  • Godly leaders know they will have opposition
  • Godly leaders clearly define the task
  • Godly leaders cast vision
  • Godly leaders enlist the right workers
  • Godly leaders pray
  • Godly leaders have integrity
Michael Easley

About Michael Easley

Michael is husband to one, dad to four, and host of Michael Easley inContext.

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