Bold | Day One
By: Kate Downing | Meet Nehemiah
“'Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.'” - Nehemiah 1:3
Before we meet the man of the hour, Nehemiah, we need to understand the setting of his story.
When God brought the Israelite people out of the land of Egypt, He made a covenant with them. He promised that if they obeyed Him, He would bless them and make them a nation; but if they disobeyed Him, He would allow them to be taken captive by other nations (Deuteronomy 28). The people agreed, but almost immediately began to disobey God. Because of sinful leadership in the nation of Israel, it split into two kingdoms: the Northern Kingdom (Israel) and the Southern Kingdom (Judah).
Although God was incredibly patient with the people, they eventually rebelled so blatantly that He allowed them to be taken into captivity by their enemies. The Northern Kingdom known as “Israel” was taken captive by the Assyrians in 722 B.C. and the Southern Kingdom known as “Judah” was taken captive by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.
At the time we are introduced to Nehemiah in chapter one, it had been about 140 years since Judah had been taken captive and carried away to Babylon. Nehemiah was too young to have ever lived in Judah, yet as we will see, he loved the land God had given His people and was willing to take a bold stand to get it back.
Over the next few days, we are going to study several chapters in the book of Nehemiah. We will look at the bold stands Nehemiah made in order to accomplish the task God had given him. From his example, we will learn what it means to be bold in the Lord.
Take a minute to ask God to prepare your heart to read His Word today and to hear from Him.
Google the definition of the word “bold.” Write out the definition and the synonyms listed.
Read Nehemiah 1:1-3. From what you just read, do your best to answer the following questions:
Who wrote the book of Nehemiah?
What type of book is it? (Historical, Law, Wisdom, Prophecy, Gospel, Epistle)
Where is Nehemiah?
Read the last sentence of Nehemiah 1:11. What was Nehemiah’s job?
Google “What was a cupbearer in the Bible?” and write down a job description for Nehemiah.
Nehemiah had a position of authority under one of the most powerful kings on the earth at that time. He had been given an important position but was about to be given a far more important call. God’s call would require Nehemiah to take a bold stand. We will study more about this in the days to come.
Closeout this time by asking God to help you become bold in Him throughout this study.