Scripture: Nehemiah 9: 32-38, 10: 28-29
KEY VERSE: “THOU ART JUST IN ALL THAT IS BROUGHT UPON US: FOR THOU HAST DONE RIGHT, BUT WE HAVE DONE WICKEDLY.” (Nehemiah 9: 33)
GUIDING PRINCIPLE: We often bring problems on ourselves by our wicked behavior. These things cause hurt and pain. God grants us a way out and makes a covenant that we must obey.
Nehemiah 9L 1-8; Nehemiah 9:26-31; Psalm 130; Luke 17: 1-4; Romans 2: 1-8.
To study the prayer of repentance and affirmation.
To understand the covenant we made with him after exile.
To sense the importance of obeying the covenant with God.
To regret our sinful ways and things we are complicit in.
To renew our obedience to God.
To commit to and follow God in our daily life.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
Commandments—ordinances, laws. Directives from God.
Goodness—comeliness, best bounty, good things.
Increase—fruit bearing, flourishes. Produce, revenue, harvest.
Right—faithfully, assuredly, firmness, truth.
Testify—record, witness, repeat, do again.
BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND/TILLING THE SOIL
What does it mean to say “backsliding”?
What is the response of God when His people backslide?
What did Nehemiah learn about the situation back in Jerusalem?
How ought those who trust God deal with distress?
How should a leader respond to ruin and destruction?
Why is it important for God’s people to enter into a covenant with God?
What is the importance of obedience in a covenant with God?
THE SEED GOD’S COVENANT WITH THE RETURNED EXILES Nehemiah 9: 32-38; 10: 28-29
A. Faithful God, Unfaithful People (Nehemiah 9: 32-35)
1. God is somebody special and keeps His word with mercy.
2. Trouble must not be taken lightly.
3. God is just and approaches His people rightly.
4. Human beings regardless of position fall short.
5. Believers do not always do as they ought.
B. Consequences and A Sure Covenant (Nehemiah 9: 36-38)
1. We are servants of God.
2. WE are in great distress because of our great sin.
3. We have to commit to change and mean it—make it, write it, seal it.
C. Everybody Else with an Oath and a Curse (Nehemiah 10: 28-29)
1. The other people need to return to God.
2. There is place for obedience and the response of God.
We do backslide but need to find ways of renewing our commitment to the Lord. Write out your covenant and sign it for responsibility. Follow through is the difficult part.
PLANTING THE SEED
How is God described and to be known?
Who is the ones responsible for the Exile?
What do you conclude about the justice of God when he allowed the Babylonians to take the Jews captive?
How did Israel prove to be ungrateful?
Who was ruling over the Jews in Nehemiah’s day?
How did the exiles view their situation?
Discuss the covenant made during those days of Nehemiah.
How in particular would the covenant be kept?
What major family problem faced the exiles as they returned?
What is the difference between an oath and a curse?
NURTURING THE SEED
What kept God from destroying Israel as they continued sinning?
How did the people respond to God’s forgiveness and mercy?
How can you help those who want to escape their sinful cycle?
What can we do to live lives that are committed and separated unto God?
Why is it important to make a public not a private pledge to God?
Be encouraged that God remembers and cares even in your hard times.
God refines and restores us with His justice and punishment.
The expectations of God are clear through His word, His servants, and His Spirit.
Be careful to never allow people close to you to become your idols.
We are enslaved by misplaced priorities and disobedience.
Any day is the right day to begin again with God, to return to Him.
We can learn by listening to the prayers of others.
God loves to forgive because His grace exceeds our sin.
There are always consequences to disobeying God
God has mercy available for the asking.
Believers do well to seek the renewal of their covenant with God.
God is unrelenting with His grace.