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 

Judah 

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

Governor – Zerubbabel, then Nehemiah 

Enemies 

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 

Jerusalem 

Investigates – studies the situation 

Fast and prays 

Plans – identifies with the people 

Rebuild the Walls 

Leadership 

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 

Governor 

Famine 

Excessive interest rates 

Excessive taxes 

Greedy rich 

False prophets 

Trustworthy leaders 

Record keeping 

Ezra 

Book of the Law – teach God’s Word 

Feast of Booths

Renew the Covenant

 Sacrifices 

Jerusalem 

Occupants – people agree to live in Jerusalem 

Continue restoring the city

Worship 

Dedicating the city walls 

Violations of the Covenant 

Sabbath 

Support – the house of God 

Offer yourselves – to God 

Obey 

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 

Repentance 

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 

Application 

God raises up leaders 

Leaders have different skill sets 

Confront obstacles 

Stay faithful 

Treasure God’s Word 

Worship joyfully

Obey willingly 

Pray confidently

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