Nehemiah REBUILDS the Wall
Nehemiah was one of God’s people living and working in Persia for King Artaxerxes. One day, he heard that the Jewish people living back home in Jerusalem were in trouble. They had no protection from their enemies because the city walls were broken down and the city gates had been burned. And worse— no one was making the repairs!
This made Nehemiah very sad, and he sat down and cried and cried—and prayed and
prayed!—for many days.
King Artaxerxes asked Nehemiah, “Why is your face so sad?” Nehemiah said, “I’ve just heard that Jerusalem—my hometown—is a mess. The city walls have crumbled and the city gates have been burned.”
The king said, “That’s terrible. I give you permission to go back to Jerusalem and build the wall! I’ll even help you get the wood you need for the gates.” So Nehemiah went to Jerusalem.
To keep his idea a secret, Nehemiah inspected the wall late at night. He tiptoed all around it to see how bad it was. Then he told the Jewish officials, “We can do this. Let’s rebuild this wall!”
So they started sawing wood and hammering together new gates. They stacked new stones for the walls. But some of their enemies made fun of them: “What do you think you’re doing? The king is going to be really mad about this!” But Nehemiah and the Jews ignored them and kept building!
The new walls got higher and higher. When they were halfway done, their enemies said to themselves, “We have to stop this! Let’s attack the Jews!” Then the workers on the wall had two jobs: to keep building the wall and to fight off their enemies. Some of them did the building, and some of them stood guard with shields and swords. And some of them held a hammer in one hand and a sword in the other!
God blessed their work though, and they finished rebuilding the wall in 52 days! The Jewish people were so happy. God had protected them so they could rebuild the wall, and now God protected them inside that wall. These people were members of Jesus’ family, and that same wall was still there 400 years later when Jesus lived!
How did God protect his people inside the city of Jerusalem?
God allowed Nehemiah and all his people to rebuild the city wall so they would be safe.
As I hang the WALL OF JERUSALEM on the JESSE TREE, Here is an Advent promise for me:
God kept Nehemiah and all his people safe inside the Jerusalem wall.
God keeps me safe through Jesus my Savior.
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