Crying Out to God (Nehemiah 1:1-11)

Nehemiah 1:1-11 
Discussion Questions:
  • Read Nehemiah 1:1-11. Discuss briefly the history of Israel and the state it is now in. (See Ezra for a more detailed explanation. Nehemiah is going to oversee the third return to Jerusalem. They have been exiled in Babylonian captivity for over 70 years.)
  • Why do you think that Nehemiah was so moved and overwhelmed by the need of his people?
  • What was the big deal about the wall in Jerusalem? (A city with downed walls is a city unprotected, defeated, desolated.)
  • Read Matthew 9:35-38 together. Here we see Jesus overcome with compassion for the people around him. Why does it say he saw them as “sheep without a shepherd?”
  • What was required for God to heal the nation of Israel? (Hint: There are some basic actions required of all people and then specific actions required of a few.)
  • The first chapter ends with a very curious sentence. Read it again together. What is the purpose of this sentence?

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