Study 21 Presentation 

The Story also talks about five movements that take part in God’s Story: 

Movement 1: The Story of the Garden (Genesis 1-11) 

Movement 2: The Story of Israel (Genesis 12 – Malachi) 

Movement 3: The Story of Jesus (Matthew – John) 

Movement 4: The Story of the Church (Acts – Jude) 

Movement 5: The Story of a New Garden (Revelation) 

Rebuilding the Walls 

Ezra and Nehemiah 

Hebrew tradition – originally one book under the name of Ezra 

Divided into two books in the Latin translation – Nehemiah speaks first person

 Found among the Dead Sea Scrolls 

Return to Judea 

Zerubbabel – first group, 536 BC – started work on the Temple, but settled down 

Ezra – second group, 547 BC – completed the rebuilding of the Temple; appoint judges 

Nehemiah – third group, 444 BC – completed the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem Served as Governor – from 445 BC to 431 BC (12 years – first term); returns to Persia then returns again to Judah and governs for an unspecified length 

Persian Empire 

20 Satrapies – under Darius 1; territory or state 

Satrap – like a state governor 

Powerful and wealthy 

Provinces – like our counties 

Governors – like a county mayor 

Usually connected to a local noble family 

Powerful and wealthy 


Satrapy – “Beyond the River” – everything west of the Euphrates 

Governor – Zerubbabel, then Nehemiah 


Sanballat – Governor of Samaria 

Tobiah – Governor of Ammon-Gilead 

Geshem – Governor of Arabia-Idumea 

Timeless Truth: God Always Preserves a Faithful Remnant 

Nehemiah – “The Lord has comforted” 

Cupbearer – highly trusted position; protect the king from poison – Jew in this position 

Report – Jerusalem in bad shape 

Prayed – man of prayer – four months pass since he heard the report 

Requests permission – to go and help his people – gives up luxury for hardship – sees the need 

42,000 go with him – two month trip 


Investigates – studies the situation 

Fast and prays 

Plans – identifies with the people 

Rebuild the Walls 


Building program – gets the leaders to buy into the vision 

Opposition – ridicule; compromise; slander; discouragement; threats 

Plan for protection – wall to wall workers; repair and rebuild; defend yourselves 

Encouragement – not all worked; not all worked equally 

52 days 



Excessive interest rates 

Excessive taxes 

Greedy rich 

False prophets 

Trustworthy leaders 

Record keeping 


Book of the Law – teach God’s Word 

Feast of Booths

Renew the Covenant



Occupants – people agree to live in Jerusalem 

Continue restoring the city


Dedicating the city walls 

Violations of the Covenant 


Support – the house of God 

Offer yourselves – to God 


Malachi – “messenger” or “angel” – some think it was written by Ezra

Love – reminder of God’s love; doubted God 

Poor leadership – priests 

Poor relationships – wives; divorced Jewish wives and married Gentiles 

Messenger of God – accusation of people and promise of Elijah 


Tithes – robbing God 

Proper attitude – complaints against God 

Remnant – God will remember those who are faithful 

Greater prophet is coming – day of the Lord 

400 years of silence 


God raises up leaders 

Leaders have different skill sets 

Confront obstacles 

Stay faithful 

Treasure God’s Word 

Worship joyfully

Obey willingly 

Pray confidently