In chapter 1 we saw how broken Nehemiah was for his people, God’s people, when he learned of the sad state of Jerusalem.  This brokeness likely stemmed from a deep love for God, a deep longing to bring Him glory, to see His promises fulfilled, to see His people restored.

Chapters Thus Far:

1 – Nehemiah broken when learns of state of Jerusalem; because he loves God and hurts to see the state of His people and desires to see His promise fulfilled.

As chapter 2 begins, we discover (4) months have passed and that, until this moment, he had not ‘let on’ of his sadness.  It is worth remembering, as well, that the end of chapter 1 was a plea to God to find favor before the king and now, entering two, that moment of favor is coming to pass.

The king observes he is troubled and plainly asks what is bothering him.

…then I was terrified, but I replied, “Long live the king! How can I not be sad? For the city where my ancestors are buried is in ruins, and the gates have been destroyed by fire.”

The relationship between the king and Nehemiah appears to be very good, on terms that they speak casually and despite months of ‘thinking’ on the situation, Nehemiah is still terrified of offending the king and being considered a traitor.  How does he handle this fear?

Prayer.

with a prayer to the God of heaven, I replied, “If it please the king, and if you are pleased with me, your servant, send me to Judah to rebuild the city where my ancestors are buried.”

Hmmm!!  Man…I could use more of that in my life…prayer…remembering God…seeking Him BEFORE I open my big ol’ mouth…ESPECIALLY if I have had months to plan and think I know what is going on.  That is, in time where I think I have the best plan, how I wish I might follow Nehemiah’s example and still sincerely seek/honor God.

The King agrees and then Nehemiah asks for a few more specifics and then in v10 we read that are some not happy with this movement :

But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard of my arrival, they were very displeased that someone had come to help the people of Israel.

There will always be opposition.  Matthew 10, dust off your feet, for example.  But it’s non-stop, littered throughout the story of God.  This world rejects us and we do not belong to it.

The 2nd part of Nehemiah 2 really got my mind whirling, especially when my boy, Ken Hicks, preached on this past Sunday…but I’ll circle back with that in the next post…for now, let me get my bearings around the first part of Chapter 2.

  • Planning is natural, important, but seeking God is the most important thing we can do.
  • Gods plan for restoring Jerusalem is unfolding through Nehemiah
  • Nehemiah prays, at length, ending with supplication to God asking for favor before the King
  • Four months pass before this request takes place.  WAIT on the Lord!
  • When opportunity arises, remember, seeking God is the most important things we can do.
  • Opposition is inevitable.

Glory be to God.

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Logan Ramirez

Native San Antonian Logan Seth Ramirez, graduated from Trinity University with a degree in Computer Science , does analytics professionally, and founded San Antonio based Web Design & Hosting company Orange Pulley, LLC. His creative outlets are music and web design and laughing at his favorite Spanish word, cacahuates. Come find me on Google+

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