Ed. note all the sections of Nehemiah are longer than usual
ARTAXERXES KING OF BABYLON
Nehemiah hears a report from his brother Hanani, early in the book that
the walls of Jerusalem were still in disrepair. That happened because of the fall of
Jerusalem during the time of Manasseh, son of Hezekiah and the exile began in and
around the year 586 B.C. You might recall that from 2 Chronicles, but also we’ll
see it again in Isaiah 36-39
Chapter 2 Nehemiah, as cupbearer to king serves the king wine when he desires it
Then he goes one day and his face is sad looking. The king enquires and Nehemiah
has an opening to tell him the story….Of course, he has fasted and prayed before he
ever goes to tell the king the story. So he does, and requests from the king, official
letters for authority, supplies to build the walls, and time to do it
Naturally the King gave him all his requests.
**** remember with Ezra: he prays for protection and goes. We are different and
do things different ways, but still with Godly intention
Chapter 3……List of door to door families who built the wall in front of their place
and those who chipped in to build the gates. The gates went up first then the
adjoining walls to the next gate, etc
Chapter 4. Naturally here comes opposition to the work. You had a couple of
leaders who were taxing the people, also in the group were leaders of nations
nearby who didn’t want to see a superpower revived.
NOTICE The use of God ; not in prayers, just in Exclamation!!
OMG is a common phrase today, but how many people actually Know God
to be able to really sigh in prayer with such degradation of His Name