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BIBLE STUDY  


How to use Biographical Preaching e.g. Nehemiah

 

It is using the biography of someone as an example and being able to follow their examples as a source of encouragement for our lives today.

Nehemiah 1 and 2;

The children of Israel were forced to live in exile by the Assyrians because they had sinned against The Lord as a people and Nehemiah was no exception (See 2 Kings 17:1-23). However while many were forced into exile there was a remnant and of this remnant one of Nehemiah’s brothers brought word to him about the state of the remnant and the city. He was told how ‘they were in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”(Neh.1:3). The bible says Nehemiah ‘sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven’ (Neh.1:4). His prayer was heart wrenching, full of pain for his people and reminding God of His love for the same people. His demeanour changed and he lost his joy over Jerusalem. As he was a cupbearer to the King, it did not go unnoticed by the king that he was downcast and the King enquired of him what was wrong and why he had lost his joy.

The bible says Nehemiah prayed before responding to the king and humbled himself before the king. The way Nehemiah responded to the King was first by praising him before telling him what was troubling him. Then he went on to tell the king about Jerusalem and the plight of his people. He did not end there he made requests for safe passage and permission or authorisation to get the materials he needed to rebuilt the city walls. All this he got.

What can we learn from this inspiring story of a man in exile like us? We are the Nehemiahs of today in exile and we are surrounded by broken walls and yet not moved by the state of our origin or surrounding. We are not weeping for our origin or surroundings as Nehemiah did. We have become a selfish people seeking to satisfy self at the expense of the things of God and the things that matter to God. Why have we not lost our joy because God’s people live in ruins? Why are we not keen to rebuild the walls of our faith in God? Generations are lost to this world and we the remnant yet we seem to live in peace and are not disgraced by the state of our faith. May we be challenged by Nehemiah and be like him and cry out to The Lord for the salvation of the cities of our faith in Him. May we rise to build the broken walls of faith in God? Before we start, let us remember to present our case before the King of Kings who will give us a plan and authority and cause every obstacle to shift.

Tobiah and Sanballat tried by all means to discourage Nehemiah and to frustrate the good work he intended to do. Even though they died a long time ago, the spirit of Sanballat and Tobiah lives on around us ready to discourage us but like Nehemiah we need to declare that The God of heaven will give us success!! When you set your mind to pray the spirit of Sanballat and Tobiah will visit you and discourage you. Be on guard that their spirits may not derail you from the plans and purposes of God. Rise up and built the walls of faith around you. Weep for others and pray for them. We are the Nehemiahs of today living in exile, let us do our part. Let us feel the pain and grief our heavenly Father feels when he sees the ruins that surround us.

 

God Bless you