Background: The book of Nehemiah recounts the rebuilding of the city wall of Jerusalem under Nehemiah’s leadership. It also describes how Ezra the priest led the recommitment of the people to follow God’s Laws and the restoration of worship. After Nehemiah had dedicated the wall and the people had committed themselves to follow the Lord, Nehemiah left and went back to Babylon. While there he heard something so disturbing that it caused him to return to Jerusalem.
Ask the children…
What did Nehemiah hear was going wrong?
“When I arrived back in Jerusalem, I learned about Eliashib’s evil deed in providing Tobiah with a room in the courtyards of the Temple of God.” (Nehemiah 13:6)
Tobiah was a pagan leader who had no business being even allowed in the temple let alone to have his own room there. What did Nehemiah do about it?
“I became very upset and threw all of Tobiah’s belongings out of the room. 9 Then I demanded that the rooms be purified, and I brought back the articles for God’s Temple, the grain offerings, and the frankincense.” (Nehemiah 13:8, 9)
Not only did Nehemiah find out about this unfaithfulness to God but he also found out that the Levites were not getting their allotment of food and therefore were neglecting their temple duties and the people were intermarrying with foreigners and others were working on the Sabbath. Nehemiah quickly changed these things and brought God’s people back into obedience to God.
Ask your children if there are commitments they have made in the past that they are no longer following? Ask them if they want to repent and turn back to following God in these areas? Remind them that Jesus died for their disobedience and He will welcome their broken hearts. Have a time of prayer and recommitement.
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