Ezra-Nehemiah part 2
In this post we will look at the second five of the talks that made up a 10 part series on the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. The links to the podcasts are in the headings.
Peter took up Ezra’s story showing us how Ezra formalised the structure of religion. The Law became more important than the presence of God. Peter went on to talk about how we need to show grace, love and understanding to people rather than being judgemental.
Becky introduced Nehemiah. She described how he took responsibility in prayer and looked for God’s solutions to the task he had been given. Becky talked about how Nehemiah began to partner with others in the work.
Rob talked about how Nehemiah dealt with opposition. First with prayer and then faith-led action. He brought the people together giving different jobs to different people. He counteracted the lies of the opposition with fearless truth. Rob recommended that when we face opposition that we should ask God for wisdom and His strategy.
In the penultimate talk of the series, Simon described the injustices people were facing and how Nehemiah dealt with the problems. He challenged us to think about how we can respond to current injustices and prioritise the poor in what we do.
Rob concluded the series with an overview of the last seven chapters of the book of Nehemiah. He emphasised the move of God that happened as Nehemiah encouraged the people to confess their sin and to celebrate God’s faithfulness to them. Rob recommended we pray for a move of God within Jubilee church and revival across the world.