Background: The book of Nehemiah recounts the rebuilding of the city wall of Jerusalem under Nehemiah’s leadership and under the leadership of Ezra the priest, the recommitment of the people to follow God’s Laws and the restoration of worship. When Nehemiah, who was in exile in Babylon, heard that although the temple had been rebuilt, the wall around Jerusalem was lying in ruins, he asked the Babylonian king to allow him to go back and to lead the effort to rebuild the wall. Because Nehemiah had favor with the king, the king said yes as long as Nehemiah promised to come back.
Ask the children…
When Nehemiah got to Jerusalem what was the first thing that he did?
“After dark I went out through the Valley Gate, past the Jackal’s Well,[d] and over to the Dung Gate to inspect the broken walls and burned gates.” (Nehemiah 2:13)
Nehemiah went out by night to survey how much damage had been done to the walls and to determine the size of the task. What did Nehemiah do next?
“But now I said to them, “You know very well what trouble we are in. Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire. Let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and end this disgrace!” 18 Then I told them about how the gracious hand of God had been on me, and about my conversation with the king.They replied at once, “Yes, let’s rebuild the wall!” So they began the good work.” (Nehemiah 2:17,18 )
Nehemiah pointed out the ruined walls to the city leaders and how this put them in danger and was a reproach to God. Then he encouraged them to get up and rebuild and how God was with them in the effort.
Ask your children how they react when a major task is in front of them? Is it easier if they have someone to do it with or if someone encourages them that God will let them be successful? Maybe your children are the one’s who see the wall broken down. Have them survey the task and have them describe the task and what it will take to accomplish it with God’s help. Who can they get to help them? Then give it to God as they move forward.
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