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Nehemiah (Discussion Questions)


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  • Why was Nehemiah sad in front of the King?
  • Why was that dangerous?
  • What did Nehemiah ask the King to do?
  • What did the King give Nehemiah?
  • How many days did Nehemiah spend in Jerusalem before telling the people about his mission?
  • If you have ever moved to a different house, have you wanted to go visit the old house and see what it looks like?
    • How did you feel when you saw your old back yard?
    • Just think how Nehemiah must have felt seeing his home town run down.
    • Discuss what you think he was feeling.
  • When he gathered the people together, what did he tell them?
  • Were the people willing to work?
  • What was unusual about some of the workers? [women]
  • What were they going to do? [rebuild the walls of the city]
  • Which city’s walls were destroyed?
  • Why were they destroyed?
  • How difficult is it to build a wall?
  • Why did they have to build with one hand and have a weapon in the other hand?
    • How difficult would that be to hold a weapon and build the wall?
  • Who were Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem?
    • Why didn't they want the city rebuilt?
    • What kinds of things did they do to get Nehemiah to stop the rebuilding? [they laughed and tried to say the wall wasn't strong enough for a fox to walk on; they wrote letters accusing Nehemiah of making himself a king to take over the city; and they plotted to kill him.]
  • How do you react when people laugh at what you're doing or make fun of you?
    • Do you get angry?
    • Do you act the way Nehemiah did?
  • Has anyone ever falsely accused you of anything?
    • How did you feel?
  • Have you ever had to deal with a bully?
    • What did you do?
  • How long did it take Nehemiah to rebuild the walls and put the gates in place? [52 days]
  • What did Nehemiah do after rebuilding the walls? [Nehemiah 5:14 - Governor for 12 years before returning to the palace.]
  • Is there anything that needs rebuilding? A friendship? A relationship?
  • How do we mend a broken friendship?
  • What is the difference between rebuilding a city and rebuilding a relationship?
  • What did the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem symbolize?
  • Why was Nehemiah successful?
  • Write a prayer that Nehemiah might have prayed.
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