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June 13 Notes and Questions

June 13 Notes and Questions

Rebuilding:

Catching God’s Vision for your Life!

Wk 4, “Do What you Have to Do”

Nehemiah 4:1-14

Nehemiah 4:1-14
When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed. He ridiculed the Jews, and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, “What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble —burned as they are?” Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!” Hear us, our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of the builders. So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart. But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. They all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and stir up trouble against it. But we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat. Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.” Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work.” Then the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times over, “Wherever you turn, they will attack us.” Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.”

 

Reasons why the Jews wanted to give up on this project:

 

  1. Exhaustion

 

Nehemiah 4:6
So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.

 

Nehemiah 4:10
Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.”

 

  1. Frustration

Nehemiah 4:10
Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, “The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall.”

 

  1. Failure
  2. Fear

Philippians 3:13-14
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

 

Nehemiah 4:11
Also our enemies said, “Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work.”

 

1 Peter 2:25
For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

 

How to Do What You’ve Got to Do!

 

  1. Remember Jesus

 

Nehemiah 4:14
After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.

 

 

2. Gather

 

Nehemiah 4:13
Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows.

 

 

3. Look Ahead to the Big Picture

 

Nehemiah 4:15
When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, …

 

4. Do Something

 

The second part of verse 15.

 

“… we all returned to work.”

 

 

  1. Read Nehemiah 4:1-14, why can ridicule tent to hamper efforts to complete a task? Does it tend to invite company to join in? Can you think of instances where ridicule has slowed the progress of something in your life? What’s the first thing we should do when we encounter ridicule in particular to something God has asked you to do?
  2. What are some reasons for giving up on a project? What are some things we can do to have a better chance of a project being successful?
  3. Does failure hurt? Is it possible to turn failure into something good?
  4. Read Philippians 3:13-14, how can we forget what is behind? What do you think is the goal Paul is pressing on towards in this passage?
  5. When we run into people who seemingly constantly bring us down, what should we do?
  6. Do you recall a time in your Christian walk when you were really on fire for the Lord and at some point, that enthusiasm started to wear you down? Can you think of any reason for the fire to start to go out?
  7. Will the Church be any different after Coronavirus? Is there anything God is prompting you to do to help with the rebuilding?