Nehemiah 2 Outline
– King Artaxerxes asked Nehemiah why he looked sad (Nehemiah 2:1-2)
– Nehemiah asked the king to let him return to Jerusalem to rebuild it (Nehemiah 2:3-6)
– Nehemiah asked the king to provide him with letters (Nehemiah 2:7-9)
– Nehemiah’s arrived in Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:9-10)
– Nehemiah examine the walls and gate of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:11-16)
– Nehemiah encouraged the Israelites to rebuild Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:17-18)
– The enemies mocked the Israelites of their effort in rebuilding Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2:19-20)
Nehemiah 2 Summary
Nehemiah’s countenance looked sad when he brought the wine to King Artaxerxes. Because of this, the king asked him why his face look sad when he is not sick at all. Nehemiah replied that he was concerned about his homeland, Jerusalem because it is still in ruin and not yet rebuilt.
Then, the king asked Nehemiah what he want. Nehemiah in turn asked for the king’s permission to let him go back to Jerusalem and rebuild it. The king was sitting beside the queen. The king asked how long he will take to reach Jerusalem and when he will return. Nehemiah then set a time frame for the king.
Nehemiah asked the king to provide him letters to bring to the governors of Trans-Euphrates. He also asked for a letter to Asaph, the governor of the forest that belonged to the king so that he can obtain timber. Nehemiah wanted the timber to build the temple, city wall and residence.
The king also dispatched army officers and horse soldiers to him. When Nehemiah arrived at Jerusalem, he handed over the letters to the governors of the Trans-Euphrates. Sanballat, the Horonite and Tobiah, the Ammonite were grieved when they saw someone came back to care for the Israelites.
After Nehemiah stayed at Jerusalem for 3 days, he traveled out from the Valley Gate and made his way towards Jackal Well and Dung Gate. His journey was accompanied by a few men to examine the damages on the wall and gates. Then, Nehemiah traveled toward Fountain Gate and King’s Pool. After that, he reentered through the Valley Gate. No one knows Nehemiah made this trip because he haven’t reveal it to them.
Later, Nehemiah spoke to the Israelites and encouraged them to start working on rebuilding the wall. Then, they started to work on rebuilding the wall. Sanballat, the Horonite, Tobiah, the Ammonite, Geshem, the Arab mocked and ridiculed the Israelites wen they heard that the Israelites were working on rebuilding the temple again. But Nehemiah told them that God will help them to finish rebuilding Jerusalem and they won’t be able to have any part in rebuilding it.
Nehemiah 2 Bible Study
1. Don’t let Satan has a foothold on your lives
Just like the many broken portions in the wall of Jerusalem, our lives may have a lot of gaps that allow the devil to come in and attack us. We should always examine the different aspects of our lives and find out our weaknesses. We must conquer all our weakness until our lives become like the life of Jesus Christ. Romans 8:37 states that we are more than conquerors through Christ. By depending on God, we will be able to overcome our weaknesses (Philippians 4:13).
2. Our prayers do need to be lengthy
When the king asked Nehemiah what he want, Nehemiah quickly said a short prayer and tell him he wanted to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the wall. You don’t need to say a lengthy prayer to get answer from God. The most important thing is that you believe that God can help you in your prayer and that you pray according to his will (James 4:3).
3. Faithfulness to God has action
Nehemiah loved God and he wanted to see the city of Jerusalem rebuilt. He did not just pray and hope others will take care of the business. Instead, he took action to return to Jerusalem and supervised the rebuilding of the wall and gates of Jerusalem (James 2:17).