As we move along in our study, we will note Nehemiah’s
- doctrine of God
- passion for Scripture
- example of leadership
Chapter 1 of Nehemiah outlines THE SERVANT’S PREPARATION:
v. 1-3 LOOKING OUT IN COMPASSION
Nehemiah (in Susa) hears from his brother, Hanani, about the status of things back in Jerusalem. He hears the sad news of the broken walks and burnt gates.
v. 4-6a LOOKING UP IN DEPENDENCE
He is moved to tears and expresses his need of God in prayer.
v. 6-7 LOOKING INWARD WITH PENITENCE
On their behalf, he confesses the sins of the people.
v. 8-10 LOOKING BACK WITH REMEMBRANCE
Nehemiah “reminds” God of the history of His people and His ongoing commitment to them since the time of Moses.
v. 11 LOOKING FORWARD WITH CONFIDENCE
He looks forward to how God is going to work through Nehemiah’s singular gift — “he is the cup-bearer of the king.”
Outline modified from Raymond Brown, The Message of Nehemiah (Downer’s Grove: Inter-Varsity Press, 1998) p. 31ff.