Wrestling with Truth — August 25, 2013

220px-Nehemiah1The Wrestling with Truth class started studying a new Bible book today:  NEHEMIAH

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.

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