His Heart’s Desire

Sunday School Lesson
April 27, 2014

Nehemiah 1:1-11

Background to Text

1. N.T. Background
(1) Matthew 4:2 Jesus fasted
(2) Matthew 6:5-15; Luke 11:1-13 Prayer
(3) Mark 9:29 Some things require prayer& fasting
(4) Matthew 21:13 House of Prayer
(5) John 17 Jesus’ high priestly prayer
(6) 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing
(7) James 5:16 Prayer of a righteous man availeth much

2. O.T. Background
(1) 586 BC fall of Jerusalem – mindset of no hope
(2) 538 BC Exile over. Hope is renewed. Cyrus the Great (Ezra 1)
(3) 457 BC Ezra begins his ministry
(4) 445 & 433 BC Marks the governorship of Nehemiah. Twice
(5) The wall still down after 140 years.
(6) Yet God was being faithful to his redemptive purpose.

3. Theological Background
(1) God declares the end at the beginning. Isaiah
(2) God is The Lord of History
(3) What God starts He finishes

Exposition of Text. Nehemiah’s actions reveals his heart for God

1. Nehemiah’s heart was fixed upon the most important things. 1-3

1) The historical setting – 446 BC
2) Nehemiah’s questions clearly revealed his heart for God. vs. 2-3
a. How is it with God’s people?
b. How is it with God’s city?
3) The answers to his questions.v. 3
a. The people are in great affliction and reproach
b. It has been 140 years

2. Nehemiah’s actions profoundly revealed his heart for God. V. 4

1) He wept
2) He mourned. Expressed great sorrow
3) He fasted. {Nov-Dec 446 BC – April-March 445 BC
4) He prayed

3. Nehemiah’s prayer revealed his hearts desire for God to act mightily. vs 5-8

1) His description of God reveals his heart. v. 5
2) Nehemiah requested God to hear his prayer. v. 6
3) Nehemiah confessed his sins & that of his people. v. 6-7
4) Nehemiah called on God to remember His promise to bless and to curse. vs.8-9

4. Nehemiah’s earnest & urgent desire of his heart was for God to prosper His servant.

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About Hoss

Married w/ 1 daughter & 3 step-children . Ordained minister. I do supply preaching every opportunity I get. Currently employed in a state prison system. Wife & I own a flower shop in a nearby city. I am approaching my late 50's, although I certainly don't look like it.
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