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Daily Devotional Meditations and a Biblical Perspective on Current Events

A Study Through Nehemiah

“O Lord, Remember Me” (Nehemiah 13; Psalm 126)

Scripture reading - Nehemiah 13; Psalm 126 Our study in Nehemiah concludes today. We have followed Nehemiah’s rise from serving as the king’s cupbearer (Nehemiah 1-2), to the governorship of Judah. He could have chosen a life of ease and luxury in the king’s palace,...

Forgotten by Man, But Not by God (Nehemiah 9; Nehemiah 10)

Scripture reading - Nehemiah 10 Nehemiah had served king Artaxerxes as governor of Judah, and completed the task of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem, and securing the city. A man of wisdom and spiritual discernment, Nehemiah deferred the spiritual health of the...

Confronting Your Enemies (Nehemiah 6; Nehemiah 7)

Scripture reading - Nehemiah 6; Nehemiah 7 We have observed many qualities in Nehemiah’s life that serve as an inspiration for people everywhere. He was a man of humility and prayer, for when he heard his brethren suffered in Jerusalem, he “sat down and wept, and...

The Cry of the Oppressed (Nehemiah 5)

Scripture reading - Nehemiah 5 The task of rebuilding the walls and setting the gates had been an all-consuming mission for Nehemiah. Unfortunately, his effort to restore the walls of Jerusalem invited immense opposition from enemies who used it as an opportunity to...

Quitting is Not An Option! (Nehemiah 3; Nehemiah 4)

Scripture reading - Nehemiah 3; Nehemiah 4 Babylon destroyed Jerusalem and burned the Temple in 586 BC. Sadly, for nearly 150 years the ruins of the city remained as a testimony of God’s judgment. Cyrus, king of Persia, decreed the Temple be rebuilt in 538 BC, yet...

Nehemiah: Overcoming Faith (Nehemiah 2)

Scripture reading - Nehemiah 2 Having heard the sad state of his countrymen (1:2-3), Nehemiah did the one thing he could do…He “fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven” (1:4). Because he was “the king’s cupbearer” (1:11), he was uniquely and providentially in a...

Nehemiah: More Than a Cupbearer (Nehemiah 1)

Scripture reading - Ezra 10; Nehemiah 1 * Our chronological study of the Scriptures brings us to the Book of Nehemiah. This is the second of two devotionals for today. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, conquered Judah in 606 B.C., and destroyed the Temple and city of...

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