May 26, 2018
God had a plan for His creation before time began. Read what Paul said in his references to it in Acts 17:22-31, Gal.4:4, Eph. 1:4.
Read the timelines below and answer the following questions:
As we noted in last week’s study Nehemiah came into view in God’s story at 445 BC at Shushan as he served in the court of Nedo- Persian Emperor King Artaxerxes serving as his drink waiter. Neh. 1:11-2:1.
Discuss in your group the following looking for indications of God at work in Nehemiah’s life preparing him for the work He had for him.
See Georges comment:
Nehemiah asks Artaxerxes: to adopt rebuilding Jerusalem as a government undertaking, to make him the supervisor, to give him leave to do it on full pay with no budget limits, to make it a royal commission, to let him set the time schedule, free travel arrangements, unlimited power to requisition supplies & materials at the king’s expense and armed escort for security.
As ordinary everyday Christian’s do we have a part to play in God’s on going story/plan for the world we live in?
Consider the following:
Discuss in your group George’s comments from Sunday:
But there is another remarkable thing that makes studies of Nehemiah relevant. In the OT we have a record of the times, people & events that are part of God’s story. As God’s people – what is part of God’s story becomes part of our story too. As a Christian you are grafted into God’s story. God’s story is a story that has an antiquity that goes back to creation & beyond – Nehemiah is part of this story. When you belong to the people of God, Nehemiah’s story therefore forms part of your story.
Finish by spending time praying together for God’s guidance to know and do His will in your life.
Next week we will look at how God enabled Nehemiah to do His work including having to overcome obstacles and opposition!