This one year study thru the Bible for kids is designed to hit the highlights and provide practical application. I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (Nehemiah 3) while we focus in on just a few verses.
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. Nehemiah did something that was very smart when he assigned families to help rebuild the walls.
Ask the children…
What did Nehemiah do that was so smart?
“After them, Benjamin and Hasshub repaired the section across from their house, and Azariah son of Maaseiah and grandson of Ananiah repaired the section across from his house.” (Nehemiah 3:23)
The people’s houses backed right up the city walls. So when Nehemiah assigned portions of the wall to repair, he assigned each family the portion of the wall next to their houses. This did two things; 1) They were motivated to repair the walls for their own protection; 2) They didn’t have to go very far to do the repair. Nehemiah was a very wise leader.
Ask your children what large task they had to do that involved other people? How well was the leadership done? Was the work equally divided, did everyone know what they were supposed to do, were people properly motivated? If not, have them analyze how it could have been led better so they can have these principles in their minds when God calls them to lead.
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