They told him that the people who had survived being captives were suffering. My Book of Bible Stories, Share Nehemiah went, he saw the true state of things and his heart was broken! He challenged the people about the state of the wall and that they should rebuild it. In an individual life, then, the rebuilding of the walls would be a picture of re-establishing the strength of that life. Although they simply repaired the pre-existing walls elsewhere in the city, the wall just above the steep Kidron Valley was too damaged and too difficult to mend. 3 The Fish Gate was built by the sons of Hassenaah. Nehemiah assigned the wall and the gate near the temple to the family of the high priest, Eliashib. The connection between the temple and the wall is significant for the theology of work. Then he told the people he had returned to Jerusalem to rebuild its wall and gates. It would take many people to work together to complete this job. Nehemiah gathered the people together to rebuild the walls. His brother said, “The wall and gates surrounding the city are all fallen down. Story: Nehemiah lived in the city of Susa and worked in King Artaxerxes’ palace. But that is another story. “Buzz! This wall would distinguish God’s people from the surrounding groups, but was not intended to separate them from the world entirely. Nehemiah was God’s leader who encouraged the Jews to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. We have been tracing in this book the steps to recovery from spiritual ruin or damage: The first seven chapters tell the story of the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. He was a special helper to the king. About 450 years pass before any more is learned about this. The story of the dedication of Nehemiah's wall, in Nehemiah chapter 12, describes the princes of Judah walking "upon the wall". If the walls were unfinished, the temple was unfinished … The people are in trouble.”. From the rubble Zerubbabel and Nehemiah both play a part in restoring God's Temple, while Zerubbabel takes charge over governing affairs, and Nehemiah rebuilds the Walls of Jerusalem. Ezra stood on a platform … Nehemiah believed in watching and working. In the 20th year of Artaxerxes I (445 or 444 BC), Nehemiah was cup-bearer to the king. Very enjoyable for my family of boys: the plot keeps moving, some of the vocabulary is interesting, and Nehemiah himself is a … Copyright © 2020 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. They tried to descend on Jerusalem secretly to fight. With an important position in the royal court, he was well taken care of. Now it was time to rebuild the city wall and God would use Nehemiah to do this. Buzz!” went the saws. He asked Nehemiah why he was so sad. He held the king’s highest trust. Easily, Nehemiah could have been concerned about Jerusalem from afar and remained in Persia. The temple might seem to be a religious institution, while the walls are a secular one. He listened to God. a list of the types of free, printable Bible activities, Fun Ways to Memorize the Books of the Bible, Fun Ways to Teach How the Bible is Organized, Foundational Life Questions (And Answers), Activities Search Feature on Sunday School Zone. Who is this king? Nehemiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem prayed to God for safety. Ezra, a descendant of Aaron, arrives in Jerusalem later and instills God's laws to the post-Exile Jewish generation. He told Nehemiah some sad news about the city of Jerusalem where their family had once lived. He purposed to do something about it. Nehemiah Rebuilding the Walls of Jerusalem There is a small book in the Bible called Nehemiah. They dedicated it and set up its doors, building the wall as far as the Tower of the Hundred, which they dedicated, and the Tower of Hananel. Jun 2, 2019 - Explore Terri Cook's board "Nehemiah Bible story" on Pinterest. Zerubbabel and Nehemiah both play a part in restoring God's Temple, while Zerubbabel takes charge over governing affairs, and Nehemiah rebuilds the Walls of Jerusalem. Story: Nehemiah lived in the city of Susa and worked in King Artaxerxes’ palace. What do you do when obstacles and distractions block your path, or thwart your progress? When Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem, he rode around the city to see what needed to be done. They became particularly angry about the rebuilding of Jerusalem and sought to stop Nehemiah and the people. On demand. He also told them he would need lots of help. 2 People from the town of Jericho worked next to them, and beyond them was Zaccur son of Imri. He was a special helper to the king. However, to better understand the significance of the rebuilding and the role of Nehemiah into the story it is necessary to analyze the sociocultural background throughout this narrative. 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