Nehemiah Week 6 – Belong
Read Nehemiah 7:1-5, 63-73 and Matthew 7:13-23 and answer the following questions:
1 After the wall had been rebuilt and I had set the doors in place, the gatekeepers, the musicians and the Levites were appointed. 2 I put in charge of Jerusalem my brother Hanani, along with Hananiah the commander of the citadel, because he was a man of integrity and feared God more than most people do. 3 I said to them, “The gates of Jerusalem are not to be opened until the sun is hot. While the gatekeepers are still on duty, have them shut the doors and bar them. Also appoint residents of Jerusalem as guards, some at their posts and some near their own houses.”
The List of the Exiles Who Returned
4 Now the city was large and spacious, but there were few people in it, and the houses had not yet been rebuilt. 5 So my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles, the officials and the common people for registration by families. I found the genealogical record of those who had been the first to return. This is what I found written there:
63 And from among the priests:
64 These searched for their family records, but they could not find them and so were excluded from the priesthood as unclean. 65 The governor, therefore, ordered them not to eat any of the most sacred food until there should be a priest ministering with the Urim and Thummim.
66 The whole company numbered 42,360, 67 besides their 7,337 male and female slaves; and they also had 245 male and female singers. 68 There were 736 horses, 245 mules,[a] 69 435 camels and 6,720 donkeys.
70 Some of the heads of the families contributed to the work. The governor gave to the treasury 1,000 darics[b] of gold, 50 bowls and 530 garments for priests. 71 Some of the heads of the families gave to the treasury for the work 20,000 darics[c] of gold and 2,200 minas[d] of silver. 72 The total given by the rest of the people was 20,000 darics of gold, 2,000 minas[e] of silver and 67 garments for priests.
73 The priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the musicians and the temple servants, along with certain of the people and the rest of the Israelites, settled in their own towns.
1) What happened after the walls of Jerusalem had been completed in these verses? (Nehemiah 7:1-2)
2) How did Nehemiah choose the men to put in charge over Jerusalem in verse two? (Nehemiah 7:2)
3) What extra precaution did Nehemiah take to insure the safety of the city in these verses? (Nehemiah 7:2-3)
What did it mean?
4) What motivated Nehemiah to organize the genealogical record of the Israelites and why was it important for the people to prove they were Israelites? (Nehemiah 7:4-73)
What does it mean for us?
5) What is our appointed position in guarding the gates and common areas of God’s Kingdom and what does it look like to guard our hearts and mind?
6) What happens when we allow unwanted things into our hearts and minds?”
7) What would happen if someone showed up when the gates were closed or their name was not in the registry? (Nehemiah 7:64-65) Now look at Revelation 21:27 and consider that would happen if we found that our name was not written in the Lamb’s book of life.
8) Read Matthew 7:13-23 and discuss how we can be sure that we’re saved.