Obedience—that is what God wants from Christians. Why? He wants to bless us. He wants to use our lives. He wants to have fellowship with us. For all these reasons, God called His people to lives of obedience.
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The people of God were greatly distressed. Even though they lived in the city of Jerusalem, they were not right spiritually and the city remained wasted. Nehemiah was used like a type of the Holy Spirit. He came to assist and help rebuild the peoples’ lives. First, we see there was a remnant in Jerusalem ––about fifty thousand Jews had returned to the city––a relatively small number. Second, we see the ruin––the city was such a mess. Third, the people suffered reproach, their condition was one of constant shame and disgrace––they were despised by their enemies.
Before the people were...