CONTEXT: before & after the time of Nehemiah
The Time of Nehemiah is 444BC (the 20th year of Artexerxes 1)
Before the time of Nehemiah:
After the time of Nehemiah
About Chapter 1
READ THE TEXT (3 Minutes, 406 Words)
CARED TO ASK (v.1-3)
CARED TO CRY (v.4)
CARED TO PRAY (v.5-10)
1. In verse 5 he praises God
2. In verse 6 he pleads to God
3. In verses 6&7 He confess to God the sins of Israel, His family, and himself.
4. In verses 8-9 Nehemiah uses scripture ( as well as knowledge from ; 30:1-10) to remind God of his promises.
CARED TO VOLUNTEER (v.11)
282: If a male slave has said to his master, “You are not my master,” his master shall prove him to be his slave and cut off his ear.
Are we like Nehemiah, anxious to know the truth even about the worst situations? Is our interest born of concern or idle curiosity? When we read missionary prayer letters, the news in religious periodicals, or even our church’s ministry reports, do we want the facts, and do the facts burden us? Are we the kind of people who care enough to ask?
When God puts a burden on your heart, don’t try to escape it; for if you do, you may miss the blessing He has planned for you. The Book of Nehemiah begins with “great affliction” (Neh. 1:3), but before it closes, there is great joy (8:12, 17). “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Ps. 30:5)
Abraham cared and rescued Lot from Sodom (Gen. 18–19). Moses cared and delivered the Israelites from Egypt. David cared and brought the nation and the kingdom back to the Lord. Esther cared and risked her life to save her nation from genocide. Paul cared and took the Gospel throughout the Roman Empire. Jesus cared and died on the cross for a lost world.
God is still looking for people who care, people like Nehemiah, who cared enough to ask for the facts, weep over the needs, pray for God’s help, and then volunteer to get the job done.
“Here am I, Lord—send me!”