Nehemiah 7 Outline
– Nehemiah appointed watchmen for the gates of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 7:1-3)
– A list of exiles that returned to Jerusalem (Nehemiah 7:4-65)
– The total number of exiles, servants, singers and livestock that returned to Jerusalem (Nehemiah 7:66-69)
– The contributions for the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 7:70-72)
– The people settled down in their towns (Nehemiah 7:73)
Nehemiah 7 Summary
The gatekeepers, singers and Levites were appointed after the doors have been set in place. Nehemiah put Hanani in charge of Jerusalem. He also appointed Hananiah to be the commander of the citadel. Hananiah was a man who fear God. He instructed them not to open the gates of Jerusalem until the sun has become hot. The city of Jerusalem has a large space but not people were dwelling in it. They also haven’t build the houses.
Nehemiah 7:6-63 provides a list of names of the people that had returned to Jerusalem from the exiles. The residents of Jerusalem are to be appointed as guards. Some will be guards at their posts and others will guard near their houses.
The descendants of Hobaiah, Hakkoz and Barzillai could not find their genealogy records so they cannot work as priests until a priest consult with the Urim and Thumimm. There was all together 42,360 people that returned to Jerusalem from Babylon.
The governor, some families heads, and the public made contributions to the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem. After that, the priests, Levites, gatekeepers, singers and temple servants, the rest of the Israelites and certain people settled down in their town.
Nehemiah 7 Bible Study
1. God will use you if you are faithful and fear him
Hananiah was a man that fear God and walk in God’s commandments. You will be used greatly by God if you follow God and abide in his commandments.
2. Guarding yourself from Satan’s attack
Just like Nehemiah appoint guards over the wall of Jerusalem, we must always guard our lives against all kinds of pitfalls so that we will not be led astray (Ephesians 4:27). The enemy can easily attack us if we are not alert and guarding ourselves against him (1 Peter 5:8).
3. Living in unity and helping each other
The Israelites who returned from the exile worked together to build the city of Jerusalem. After finished building the wall of Jerusalem, they settled down. Likewise, we must live in unity and help each other (Philippians 2:2; 1 Corinthians 1:10). Jesus said that the second greatest commandment is to love others as you love your own self (Mark 12:31).