What kind of opposition did the Jews face in verses 1-4 as they began to rebuild the walls?
What did Nehemiah pray in vs. 4-5? What do you think about this bold prayer, in light of Jesus’ words to love our enemies?
How did the opposition intensify in verses 7-8 and 11? What was Nehemiah’s response (v. 9)? How did he encourage the people (v. 13-14)? What is his plan of defense in v. 16-20?
What kinds of opposition or obstacles do you face in your walk with God? How do you normally react when you face opposition? How can Nehemiah’s response be a guide for us?
Nehemiah instructed the builders to carry a sword as they worked, in order to defend themselves. When you think about your own life and the opposition you face, what “weapons” (or defense) do you have through Christ? (Optional—What does Ephesians 6:10-18 say about how we might defend ourselves?)
Nehemiah had a clear vision from God that he was called to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, despite the opposition. What is God calling you to rebuild in your own life?