Nehemiah chapter 4
(modified from the book "Slaying the Giants in your Life" by David Jeremiah © 2001 by David Jeremiah)
All of us at different times have and will feel discouraged. It is a time when we have been trying our best but it seems that things are not working out the way we had hoped. We may find it difficult to keep going at our task or goal. We may even decide to give up and quit. In this study we will look at a time of discouragement in the life of Israel to learn from their example lessons we can use for our own situation.
Study of God's Word
As you go through this lesson, read the verses in the Bible to help you find the answers. Try reading the verses first in a Bible in your own language (Chinese) and then in an English version and writing down any questions you would like to ask later and answers to these questions that follow.
Note: The Bible verse references below are linked to an English version of the Bible. If you would like to follow the Bible verse link, it would be good to "right click" on the Bible verse link and choose to open in new window resized the window so that you can quickly go back and forth from this page to the verses.
Read Nehemiah Chapter 4 and consider the following questions
In approximately 586 BC Jerusalem and the temple was destroyed by the Babylonians (present day Iraq and the people were scattered throughout the Babylonian empire. Then in 538 BC Babylon was conquered by another nation (present day Iran) and the new king allowed Jewish people to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple. The rebuilding of the temple was completed in 516 BC (see book of Ezra in the Old Testament). Seventy one years later the Jews people became discouraged because although they had the temple built, the original walls around the city had not been rebuilt and they were feeling insecure about their defenses against hostile groups that lived all around them not unlike the situation in Israel today. A man named Nehemiah was lead by God to return to Jerusalem and to lead the people in the rebuilding of the wall around Jerusalem (see Nehemiah chapters 1-3). After they had finish half the wall their enemies tried to discourage them so that they would not be able to complete the wall. In Chapter 4 we will see why the people were discouraged and then how they responded to their discouragement.