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“Re-Building God’s Temple”
Week # 7

Subject: A Spiritual Message: Part 1

Scripture Reading: John 2:19; 2:21, I Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19, Revelations 11:19, Luke 18:1; 21:36, Romans 8:26

Here are six steps Nehemiah took to rebuild the walls that had crumbled after the previous invasion:

1. He began with prayer.
He prayed for himself, he prayed for his nation and he even confessed the sins of the forefathers who had brought destruction to Jerusalem. In fact, he said he prayed night and day. The burden he had for his city was very clear. He knew that even though the rebuilding of the walls was a physical project, at the end of the day it was only God who would enable them to complete it. He was a desperate man seeking the Lord. We face similarly desperate times, yet the church has largely quit the practice of consistent, deep, pleading corporate prayer. We must ask, “How desperate must the situation become before you begin a ministry of prayer in your church?”
2. He invited other people to join him
(See Nehemiah 2:17). He said, “Let us build the wall.” In other words, he was going to be part of the rebuilding he was called to complete, but he knew that this was a community project. He threw out the invitation to see who among his kinsmen would buy into his vision.
3. The priests were the first to volunteer
(Nehemiah 3:1). Translating that into today’s language, the pastors are to lead the way. We are the gatekeepers for the people whom God entrusts to us. Here in America we desperately need pastors who have the vision to be able to lead their people with a Gospel-centered redemptive ministry that affects the culture.
4. Whole families were included.
There are long lists of families, and the reason they were included is that Nehemiah knew these families had to have a sense of ownership. In fact, each family built their own part of the wall. They were essentially saying, “If the enemy comes in, I don’t want him coming over my part of the wall.” The families bought in. If America is going to be spiritually rebuilt, it will not be from the top down; it will be built from the bottom up, so to speak, and families need to be rebuilt.
Parents must train their children spiritually in ways that we once took for granted. It is no longer valid to expect the church to do it or society to be sympathetic to it. Parents must be involved to see their loved ones preserved and the larger culture changed.
5. Nehemiah was not distracted by opposition.
From the beginning of his obedience, Nehemiah faced ridicule from Sanballat, Tobiah and their sympathizers. Lies were spoken against him, and a pesky contingent opposed the fact that he was rebuilding the walls. Nehemiah took note of his enemies, but their opposition did not deter him.
6. Nehemiah resolved injustice and conflicts.
He knew that the resolution of conflicts and injustices were necessary in order to continue rebuilding. You will never have a situation in which everything will run flawlessly, and there will nearly always be some level of conflict in any great task. As we see both in our country, and within the church, there is frequent conflict and disagreement. The church alone has a remedy, a Person, who can bring peace to any situation. We must bring Him to bear at every turn. Of course, it is important to acknowledge that many Christians are praying for revival in America. We want God to revive His church. In fact, things are so desperate that apart from a widespread turning to God, we will not reverse the trends in American culture. But I fear that we want revival to do what we are unwilling to do ourselves—namely, to personally witness to our culture along the highways and byways of everyday life. We want God to come in great power to convert people, but the Bible stresses the need for personal evangelism. I believe that America’s crumbling walls cannot be rebuilt until Christians—bankers, lawyers, nurses, factory workers—all see themselves as representatives of Christ wherever He has planted them. One of my greatest disappointments is the number of Christians who work next to unbelievers without ever making it clear that they are Christians. Lovingly and winsomely, we must share the Gospel message through our lips and testify to its transformative power by our lives. Unless that happens, America’s walls will not be rebuilt. We as the church, through the power of the Gospel, have the seeds of renewal. Unless they are watered, cared for and cultivated, we will not rebuild our

Questions for Review

1. Did God give us human bodies to use and abuse as we like, or does He expect more?
2. How does He expect us to view and care for the marvelous bodies He designed?
3. Our body is what to the Holy Spirit?
4. How does God want us to think, and what mind should we have?
5. Who enabled Nehemiah and the people to rebuild the wall?
6. When Nehemiah was rebuilding the wall what did he ask them?
7. When Nehemiah ask the people to help who volunteer first?
8. Should we include our families to pray with us?
9. Who was Sanballat, and what was his problem?
10. Who was Tobiah?
11. Did Nehemiah stop working when the enemy started his attack?
12. What was the conflict and injustice at this time?
13. When conflict come what must we do as a Church and an individual?
14. How many chapters are in the book of Nehemiah?

Weekly Word # 7: Ark of the Covenant.

Our weekly reading for this week: Nehemiah 10-13


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“Re-Building God’s Temple”
Week # 6

Subject: Re-building of the Walls of Jerusalem:

Scripture Reading: Nehemiah chapter 1 and 2

"Why was it important to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem?"

The answer to why it was important to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls is found in Nehemiah 1:3. Some Jews who visited Jerusalem returned to Persia and reported to Nehemiah, the king’s cupbearer. The men said, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”

After the Babylonian Captivity, a remnant of the Jewish people had returned to Jerusalem under the leadership of Zerubbabel and Ezra. These returned exiles had rebuilt the temple, but they were now in need of protection. The lack of fortified walls around the city left the people defenseless against enemies. Weather, wild animals, opposing people, and other opponents could easily enter and cause “great trouble” to the people.

According to the report Nehemiah received, the remnant in Jerusalem was shamed. A city with broken walls revealed a defeated people. The Jews who had returned to their homeland were both in unsafe conditions and humiliated at living in a destroyed city. In Nehemiah 2:17, Nehemiah told the Jewish leaders, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.”

Also, the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls would show God’s blessing upon His people again. Nehemiah quoted God’s words to Moses in his prayer, saying, “If you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name” (Nehemiah 1:9).

Rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem was an important sign to the enemies of Israel. Nehemiah told their enemies, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it” (Nehemiah 2:20).

And rebuilding the walls showed that God was with His people. Upon the completion of the walls, Nehemiah wrote, “When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God” (Nehemiah 6:16)

The destruction of Jerusalem’s walls left its people exposed to great trouble and shame. Rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem was important because it revealed God’s blessing, served as a sign to Israel’s enemies, and showed God was with His people. The walls provided protection and dignity to a people who had suffered the judgment of God but had later been restored and returned to the Promised Land.

Week # 6 QUSTIONS:

Questions for Review
1. Why was it important to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem?
2. The lack of fortified walls around the city left the people in what state?
3. What did Nehemiah tell the Jewish leaders concerning the state of their city?
4. What was the quote of Moses did Nehemiah quote?
5. Rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls was what kind of sign to the enemy?
6. When was the completion of the walls?
7. Why do you suppose Nehemiah made this statement? (Nehemiah 6:16)
8. How did the destruction of Jerusalem leave the people then?
9. What did the rebuilding reveal about God?
10. Who did Nehemiah say would fight for the people if their enemies attacked?
11. What did the men do while rebuilding the wall concern protection?
12. How many times the walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt?
13. In what ways do the enemies of Nehemiah from without begin to oppose his work?
14. How does Nehemiah respond?
15. With what kind of trick do the enemies continue to oppose Nehemiah?
16. What kind of defensive action does Nehemiah take this time?
17. What kind of problems arise from within Jerusalem?
18. What action does Nehemiah take to settle this problem?
19. Show how enemies from both without and within try to lure Nehemiah into a trap.
20. What have you learn from these studies?

Word # 6: Veil (Curtain)

Weekly # 6 Our weekly reading for this week: Nehemiah 6-8


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June 8

Don’t Just Listen—Hear

And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them. —Luke 5:17

The power of the Lord was present to heal the Pharisees and doctors of the law, but not one of them was healed. The Bible says Jesus was teaching, but how many present were actually hearing? Someone may say, “Well, all of them must have been hearing; they were sitting right there in the same room with Jesus.” Not necessarily so! Did you know you can be listening without hearing? I know that from experience. I’ve been in numerous conversations with my wife, Janet, where she suddenly stopped talking and said, “Mark, you haven’t heard a word I’ve said.” “I’ve been listening!” I always protest. But then I think, Have I really been listening? Although I can remember what Janet said five minutes earlier, my mind has been on something else. I’ve been listening; I know she’s been talking, but I didn’t hear what she said. So yes, it’s possible to listen and still not hear a thing. Yet the Bible never said a word about the scribes, Pharisees, and doctors of the law hearing. In fact, those religious leaders weren’t listening so faith could grow in their hearts; they were listening to accuse Jesus. Despite their wrong reason, God still sent His power to heal them. All they had to do was receive by faith.

Confession: I don’t just listen; I hear the Word of God concerning healing. Then faith rises up in my heart to receive, and I’m healed.

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June 7

God’s Power To Heal

And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them. —Luke 5:17

This verse says, “The power of the Lord was present to heal them.” Who is “them”? The Pharisees and doctors of the law. Was it God’s will to heal them? Absolutely. God wouldn’t have sent His power if He hadn’t wanted them healed. God isn’t confused, and He doesn’t waste His power. How many were healed? One man lowered through the roof. But to the best of our knowledge, not one Pharisee or doctor of the law received healing. Yet Jesus said, “My meat is to do My Father’s will.” (John 4:34.) So it must have been God’s will for Jesus to go to Capernaum and teach the Word. It also must have been God’s will for the Pharisees and doctors of the law to be healed because God sent His power. When God’s power is present, anyone who will receive by faith can be healed. But if that’s true, why are so many of us not healed? Our problem hasn’t been a lack of power, but a lack of knowledge. God gave us the power when He gave the Holy Spirit. We just haven’t known how to tap in. So learn to receive from God. Get the revelation of His will, act on it, and hold fast to your confession that God’s power is working in you, effecting a healing and a cure.

Confession: God’s power is available to me through the Word. I tap into His power by believing, confessing, and acting on the Word.

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June 6

Hearing and Miracles Go Hand in Hand

And again he entered into Capernaum after some days…and straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. —Mark 2:1,2

Jesus always gave the people something to believe—He preached the Word to them. He didn’t tiptoe from town to town, healing a leper here and a blind man there, and then teaching on the Beatitudes for a while. There was a method to what Jesus did. About 70 percent of the time in His ministry, Jesus either stated or implied that people were healed on their own faith. Where did people get their faith? Did God lean over the balcony of heaven and zap them with a faith gun? No, they obtained faith the same way we do today: “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Rom. 10:17). Matthew 4:23 says, “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.” Healing came after teaching and preaching. Jesus had to teach the people the Word so they’d have faith to be healed. When they heard the Word, faith arose; then as Jesus instructed them to act on their faith, they were healed. So often today, people aren’t healed because they haven’t taken time to hear God’s Word. They want a miracle, but they don’t want to hear. Don’t make that mistake! Diligently feed on God’s Word knowing that hearing and miracles go hand in hand.

Confession: Faith comes when I hear God’s Word. I meditate upon the Word, and my faith grows to receive the miracle I need.

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“Re-Building God’s Temple”
Week # 5

Subject: Re-Building the Temple First:

Scripture Reading: Ezra and Nehemiah

Seventy years had passed and the city lay in ruins. Its walls were broken down and the gates burned with fire. Nehemiah would refer to the once majestic Jerusalem as a city lying in “waste” (Nehemiah 2:17). Cyrus king of Persia, stirred up in spirit by the Lord, decreed that the people could return from the land of captivity to their home in Judah (Ezra 1). Along with 5,400 articles of gold and silver taken from the temple seven decades earlier, the captives made the long journey to Zion. The year was 536 B. C. Worship was restored at Jerusalem and the restoration of the Temple began (Ezra 3). The foundation was laid with great ceremony and old men weeping for the glory of the first Temple. Resistance to the building arose and work stopped nearly sixteen years. Finally in 520 B. C. the rebuilding of the Temple began in earnest and completed in 516 B. C. (Ezra 5). Nehemiah would come later and the walls of Jerusalem would be rebuilt in fifty-two days (Nehemiah 6:15).

It should not be lost on the student of scripture that unlike the wisdom of men, the walls of the city were not first built but rather the Temple. The walls of the city were built ninety-two years after the first group of captives returned. What we find in the wisdom of God is that strength and power comes first from the Lord. The Temple represented the protection of Jehovah upon the people; the walls represented the protection of the people by the people and for the people. First they needed to restore the worship to God before seeking to build walls of stone. Restoration begins first in building the Temple, then the walls.

In our life, restoration begins in building the temple of the heart before the work of building the walls of our lives. Often we seek to build walls of protection without the help of God and we struggle and fail. We have missed the point of Haggai 1:4 - "Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?" We cannot long serve God without establishing on our heart the temple of God. The walls of our life offer no protection. What gave the city of Jerusalem security were not the walls of stone but the stone of Zion. “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, a tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation;’ whoever believes will not act hastily” (Isaiah 28:16).

The heart must first be restored to proper worship and the temple of God’s grace must be established upon the foundation of our lives. Wisdom begins with the heart being established with trust in God and not trust in men. Building the temple is affirming the presence of the Lord. The temple is a place of holiness and purity. It is a place of security and safety. The captives first put their trust in the Lord. Their faith and courage in the face of discouragement led them to build the Temple of God. Our faith and courage will lead us in the challenges of life to build the temple of God upon our hearts.

There will be opposition to the building the temple of God upon our hearts as there was in the captive’s days. With the power of God we can overcome and succeed in setting up our own “Ebenezer” (1 Samuel 7:12) as the stone of help. Building the Temple first sought the help of God first. Let us build our temple of faith to the Lord. The walls will come later. First, build the temple.

Questions for Review

1. In what ways did Ezra reinstitute spiritual rededication (Nehemiah chapter 8)? 2. What festival was again celebrated as a result?
3. Which covenant was again renewed?
4. In what manner were the great acts of God reviewed?
5. What was contrasted repeatedly in this review?
6. What importance do the detailed lists of priests and leaders have for us today? 7. What occasion is described in great detail in the book of Nehemiah?
8. What application lies in this occasion for us today?
9. What disturbing problem again arose?
10. How did this problem come to light?
11. Who played a leading role in the reforms that follow?
12. For what does Nehemiah especially want to be remembered?
13. How can we apply this to the present-day work of the church?
14. Can you think of a time in church history when lay leaders took a prominent part in reforming the church?
15. In what ways did the study of Ezra and Nehemiah increase you knowledge of church history?
16. What applications can be made from these books to the work of the church today?
17. What does the word Ebenezer means in (I Samuel 7:12)?
18. What wisdom can we gain concerning the Temple building first, then the walls?
19. Who is Isaiah 28:16 talking about?
20. How long did the rebuilding of the Temple stopped?
21. Explain what the word Restoration means to you?

Weekly Word # 5: Altar of Incense

Our weekly reading for this week: Nehemiah 3-6

Extra Reading:

Pollution of God’s House:
2 Chronicles 33:7
2 Chronicles 36:14
Jeremiah 7:30
Ezekiel 8:16
Ezekiel 44:7
Zephaniah 3:4
John 2:14


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June 5

Partaking of the Ministry of Jesus

And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. —Mark 2:1-5

Notice verse 1 says, “And again he entered into Capernaum.” The word again indicates Jesus must have been there before. Mark 1 mentions the first time He went to Capernaum many sick were healed, many devils were cast out, and Jesus performed miracles all over the city. So when Jesus returned, word got around. Soon the house where He stayed was packed to overflowing. That’s the way it’s supposed to happen. As more and more people are healed and set free through the preaching of the Word, churches won’t have buildings big enough to hold all the people. Word gets out when Jesus shows up! We’re about to see Jesus’ ministry go forth through the Church as never before. Of course, Jesus had the Spirit without measure, whereas each believer has the anointing by measure. But as the body of Christ rises up in unity, that same powerful anointing is sweeping the earth again.

Confession: When Jesus preached, miracles happened. The Holy Spirit teaches me that same living Word, which produces miracles in my life.

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June 4

The Making of a Miracle

And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered. And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other. —Luke 6:6,10

“Stretch forth your hand,” Jesus instructed the man with the withered hand. When he did, a miracle occurred. However, that miracle didn’t just fall on the man—the man’s faith produced it. How do we know that? Well, Jesus told a man with a withered hand to stretch it. If that man had not been in faith he might have said, “What do You mean, stretch it forth? That’s why I’m here—it doesn’t stretch! I’m waiting for You to heal me so I can stretch it!” But this man’s faith was in operation. You see, real faith does what it can do and then attempts to do what it cannot do. So when Jesus said, “Stretch out your hand,” the man stretched it out. A person can’t stretch a hand that doesn’t stretch, so the man wouldn’t even have tried to stretch his hand if he weren’t expecting results. Why did the man expect results? He was in faith. How did he get in faith? Verse 6 says Jesus “entered into the synagogue and taught.” The man heard Jesus teach. That’s the way most miracles happened in Jesus’ ministry. People heard Jesus teach, faith arose, and they were healed. And the same will be true for you.

Confession: Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. I hear the Word on healing, act on it, and confidently receive my healing.
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