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Destination: Nehemiah 1-13
Nehemiah 1-13
Skip Heitzig

Nehemiah 1 (NKJV™)
1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. It came to pass in the month of Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the citadel,
2 that Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
3 And they said to me, "The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire."
4 So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
5 And I said: "I pray, LORD God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments,
6 "please let Your ear be attentive and Your eyes open, that You may hear the prayer of Your servant which I pray before You now, day and night, for the children of Israel Your servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel which we have sinned against You. Both my father's house and I have sinned.
7 "We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses.
8 "Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, 'If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations;
9 'but if you return to Me, and keep My commandments and do them, though some of you were cast out to the farthest part of the heavens, yet I will gather them from there, and bring them to the place which I have chosen as a dwelling for My name.'
10 "Now these are Your servants and Your people, whom You have redeemed by Your great power, and by Your strong hand.
11 "O Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant, and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name; and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man." For I was the king's cupbearer.
Nehemiah 2 (NKJV™)
1 And it came to pass in the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, that I took the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had never been sad in his presence before.
2 Therefore the king said to me, "Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing but sorrow of heart." So I became dreadfully afraid,
3 and said to the king, "May the king live forever! Why should my face not be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' tombs, lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire?"
4 Then the king said to me, "What do you request?" So I prayed to the God of heaven.
5 And I said to the king, "If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers' tombs, that I may rebuild it."
6 Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), "How long will your journey be? And when will you return?" So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.
7 Furthermore I said to the king, "If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the River, that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah,
8 "and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king's forest, that he must give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel which pertains to the temple, for the city wall, and for the house that I will occupy." And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me.
9 Then I went to the governors in the region beyond the River, and gave them the king's letters. Now the king had sent captains of the army and horsemen with me.
10 When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard of it, they were deeply disturbed that a man had come to seek the well-being of the children of Israel.
11 So I came to Jerusalem and was there three days.
12 Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me; I told no one what my God had put in my heart to do at Jerusalem; nor was there any animal with me, except the one on which I rode.
13 And I went out by night through the Valley Gate to the Serpent Well and the Refuse Gate, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem which were broken down and its gates which were burned with fire.
14 Then I went on to the Fountain Gate and to the King's Pool, but there was no room for the animal under me to pass.
15 So I went up in the night by the valley, and viewed the wall; then I turned back and entered by the Valley Gate, and so returned.
16 And the officials did not know where I had gone or what I had done; I had not yet told the Jews, the priests, the nobles, the officials, or the others who did the work.
17 Then I said to them, "You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach."
18 And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king's words that he had spoken to me. So they said, "Let us rise up and build." Then they set their hands to this good work.
19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us, and said, "What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?"
20 So I answered them, and said to them, "The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem."
Nehemiah 3 (NKJV™)
1 Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests and built the Sheep Gate; they consecrated it and hung its doors. They built as far as the Tower of the Hundred, and consecrated it, then as far as the Tower of Hananel.
2 Next to Eliashib the men of Jericho built. And next to them Zaccur the son of Imri built.
3 Also the sons of Hassenaah built the Fish Gate; they laid its beams and hung its doors with its bolts and bars.
4 And next to them Meremoth the son of Urijah, the son of Koz, made repairs. Next to them Meshullam the son of Berechiah, the son of Meshezabel, made repairs. Next to them Zadok the son of Baana made repairs.
5 Next to them the Tekoites made repairs; but their nobles did not put their shoulders to the work of their Lord.
6 Moreover Jehoiada the son of Paseah and Meshullam the son of Besodeiah repaired the Old Gate; they laid its beams and hung its doors, with its bolts and bars.
7 And next to them Melatiah the Gibeonite, Jadon the Meronothite, the men of Gibeon and Mizpah, repaired the residence of the governor of the region beyond the River.
8 Next to him Uzziel the son of Harhaiah, one of the goldsmiths, made repairs. Also next to him Hananiah, one of the perfumers, made repairs; and they fortified Jerusalem as far as the Broad Wall.
9 And next to them Rephaiah the son of Hur, leader of half the district of Jerusalem, made repairs.
10 Next to them Jedaiah the son of Harumaph made repairs in front of his house. And next to him Hattush the son of Hashabniah made repairs.
11 Malchijah the son of Harim and Hashub the son of Pahath-Moab repaired another section, as well as the Tower of the Ovens.
12 And next to him was Shallum the son of Hallohesh, leader of half the district of Jerusalem; he and his daughters made repairs.
13 Hanun and the inhabitants of Zanoah repaired the Valley Gate. They built it, hung its doors with its bolts and bars, and repaired a thousand cubits of the wall as far as the Refuse Gate.
14 Malchijah the son of Rechab, leader of the district of Beth Haccerem, repaired the Refuse Gate; he built it and hung its doors with its bolts and bars.
15 Shallun the son of Col-Hozeh, leader of the district of Mizpah, repaired the Fountain Gate; he built it, covered it, hung its doors with its bolts and bars, and repaired the wall of the Pool of Shelah by the King's Garden, as far as the stairs that go down from the City of David.
16 After him Nehemiah the son of Azbuk, leader of half the district of Beth Zur, made repairs as far as the place in front of the tombs of David, to the man-made pool, and as far as the House of the Mighty.
17 After him the Levites, under Rehum the son of Bani, made repairs. Next to him Hashabiah, leader of half the district of Keilah, made repairs for his district.
18 After him their brethren, under Bavai the son of Henadad, leader of the other half of the district of Keilah, made repairs.
19 And next to him Ezer the son of Jeshua, the leader of Mizpah, repaired another section in front of the Ascent to the Armory at the buttress.
20 After him Baruch the son of Zabbai carefully repaired the other section, from the buttress to the door of the house of Eliashib the high priest.
21 After him Meremoth the son of Urijah, the son of Koz, repaired another section, from the door of the house of Eliashib to the end of the house of Eliashib.
22 And after him the priests, the men of the plain, made repairs.
23 After him Benjamin and Hasshub made repairs opposite their house. After them Azariah the son of Maaseiah, the son of Ananiah, made repairs by his house.
24 After him Binnui the son of Henadad repaired another section, from the house of Azariah to the buttress, even as far as the corner.
25 Palal the son of Uzai made repairs opposite the buttress, and on the tower which projects from the king's upper house that was by the court of the prison. After him Pedaiah the son of Parosh made repairs.
26 Moreover the Nethinim who dwelt in Ophel made repairs as far as the place in front of the Water Gate toward the east, and on the projecting tower.
27 After them the Tekoites repaired another section, next to the great projecting tower, and as far as the wall of Ophel.
28 Beyond the Horse Gate the priests made repairs, each in front of his own house.
29 After them Zadok the son of Immer made repairs in front of his own house. After him Shemaiah the son of Shechaniah, the keeper of the East Gate, made repairs.
30 After him Hananiah the son of Shelemiah, and Hanun, the sixth son of Zalaph, repaired another section. After him Meshullam the son of Berechiah made repairs in front of his dwelling.
31 After him Malchijah, one of the goldsmiths, made repairs as far as the house of the Nethinim and of the merchants, in front of the Miphkad Gate, and as far as the upper room at the corner.
32 And between the upper room at the corner, as far as the Sheep Gate, the goldsmiths and the merchants made repairs.
Nehemiah 4 (NKJV™)
1 But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews.
2 And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, "What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish--stones that are burned?"
3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, "Whatever they build, if even a fox goes up on it, he will break down their stone wall."
4 Hear, O our God, for we are despised; turn their reproach on their own heads, and give them as plunder to a land of captivity!
5 Do not cover their iniquity, and do not let their sin be blotted out from before You; for they have provoked You to anger before the builders.
6 So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.
7 Now it happened, when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites heard that the walls of Jerusalem were being restored and the gaps were beginning to be closed, that they became very angry,
8 and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion.
9 Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night.
10 Then Judah said, "The strength of the laborers is failing, and there is so much rubbish that we are not able to build the wall."
11 And our adversaries said, "They will neither know nor see anything, till we come into their midst and kill them and cause the work to cease."
12 So it was, when the Jews who dwelt near them came, that they told us ten times, "From whatever place you turn, they will be upon us."
13 Therefore I positioned men behind the lower parts of the wall, at the openings; and I set the people according to their families, with their swords, their spears, and their bows.
14 And I looked, and arose and said to the nobles, to the leaders, and to the rest of the people, "Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses."
15 And it happened, when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had brought their plot to nothing, that all of us returned to the wall, everyone to his work.
16 So it was, from that time on, that half of my servants worked at construction, while the other half held the spears, the shields, the bows, and wore armor; and the leaders were behind all the house of Judah.
17 Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon.
18 Every one of the builders had his sword girded at his side as he built. And the one who sounded the trumpet was beside me.
19 Then I said to the nobles, the rulers, and the rest of the people, "The work is great and extensive, and we are separated far from one another on the wall.
20 "Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us."
21 So we labored in the work, and half of the men held the spears from daybreak until the stars appeared.
22 At the same time I also said to the people, "Let each man and his servant stay at night in Jerusalem, that they may be our guard by night and a working party by day."
23 So neither I, my brethren, my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me took off our clothes, except that everyone took them off for washing.
Nehemiah 5 (NKJV™)
1 And there was a great outcry of the people and their wives against their Jewish brethren.
2 For there were those who said, "We, our sons, and our daughters are many; therefore let us get grain, that we may eat and live."
3 There were also some who said, "We have mortgaged our lands and vineyards and houses, that we might buy grain because of the famine."
4 There were also those who said, "We have borrowed money for the king's tax on our lands and vineyards.
5 "Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children; and indeed we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters have been brought into slavery. It is not in our power to redeem them, for other men have our lands and vineyards."
6 And I became very angry when I heard their outcry and these words.
7 After serious thought, I rebuked the nobles and rulers, and said to them, "Each of you is exacting usury from his brother." So I called a great assembly against them.
8 And I said to them, "According to our ability we have redeemed our Jewish brethren who were sold to the nations. Now indeed, will you even sell your brethren? Or should they be sold to us?" Then they were silenced and found nothing to say.
9 Then I said, "What you are doing is not good. Should you not walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the nations, our enemies?"
10 "I also, with my brethren and my servants, am lending them money and grain. Please, let us stop this usury!
11 "Restore now to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their olive groves, and their houses, also a hundredth of the money and the grain, the new wine and the oil, that you have charged them."
12 So they said, "We will restore it, and will require nothing from them; we will do as you say." Then I called the priests, and required an oath from them that they would do according to this promise.
13 Then I shook out the fold of my garment and said, "So may God shake out each man from his house, and from his property, who does not perform this promise. Even thus may he be shaken out and emptied." And all the assembly said, "Amen!" and praised the LORD. Then the people did according to this promise.
14 Moreover, from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year until the thirty-second year of King Artaxerxes, twelve years, neither I nor my brothers ate the governor's provisions.
15 But the former governors who were before me laid burdens on the people, and took from them bread and wine, besides forty shekels of silver. Yes, even their servants bore rule over the people, but I did not do so, because of the fear of God.
16 Indeed, I also continued the work on this wall, and we did not buy any land. All my servants were gathered there for the work.
17 And at my table were one hundred and fifty Jews and rulers, besides those who came to us from the nations around us.
18 Now that which was prepared daily was one ox and six choice sheep. Also fowl were prepared for me, and once every ten days an abundance of all kinds of wine. Yet in spite of this I did not demand the governor's provisions, because the bondage was heavy on this people.
19 Remember me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.
Nehemiah 6 (NKJV™)
1 Now it happened when Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab, and the rest of our enemies heard that I had rebuilt the wall, and that there were no breaks left in it (though at that time I had not hung the doors in the gates),
2 that Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, "Come, let us meet together among the villages in the plain of Ono." But they thought to do me harm.
3 So I sent messengers to them, saying, "I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?"
4 But they sent me this message four times, and I answered them in the same manner.
5 Then Sanballat sent his servant to me as before, the fifth time, with an open letter in his hand.
6 In it was written: It is reported among the nations, and Geshem says, that you and the Jews plan to rebel; therefore, according to these rumors, you are rebuilding the wall, that you may be their king.
7 And you have also appointed prophets to proclaim concerning you at Jerusalem, saying, 'There is a king in Judah!' Now these matters will be reported to the king. So come, therefore, and let us consult together.
8 Then I sent to him, saying, "No such things as you say are being done, but you invent them in your own heart."
9 For they all were trying to make us afraid, saying, "Their hands will be weakened in the work, and it will not be done." Now therefore, O God, strengthen my hands.
10 Afterward I came to the house of Shemaiah the son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel, who was a secret informer; and he said, "Let us meet together in the house of God, within the temple, and let us close the doors of the temple, for they are coming to kill you; indeed, at night they will come to kill you."
11 And I said, "Should such a man as I flee? And who is there such as I who would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in!"
12 Then I perceived that God had not sent him at all, but that he pronounced this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him.
13 For this reason he was hired, that I should be afraid and act that way and sin, so that they might have cause for an evil report, that they might reproach me.
14 My God, remember Tobiah and Sanballat, according to these their works, and the prophetess Noadiah and the rest of the prophets who would have made me afraid.
15 So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days.
16 And it happened, when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations around us saw these things, that they were very disheartened in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was done by our God.
17 Also in those days the nobles of Judah sent many letters to Tobiah, and the letters of Tobiah came to them.
18 For many in Judah were pledged to him, because he was the son-in-law of Shechaniah the son of Arah, and his son Jehohanan had married the daughter of Meshullam the son of Berechiah.
19 Also they reported his good deeds before me, and reported my words to him. Tobiah sent letters to frighten me.
Nehemiah 7 (NKJV™)
1 Then it was, when the wall was built and I had hung the doors, when the gatekeepers, the singers, and the Levites had been appointed,
2 that I gave the charge of Jerusalem to my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the leader of the citadel, for he was a faithful man and feared God more than many.
3 And I said to them, "Do not let the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot; and while they stand guard, let them shut and bar the doors; and appoint guards from among the inhabitants of Jerusalem, one at his watch station and another in front of his own house."
4 Now the city was large and spacious, but the people in it were few, and the houses were not rebuilt.
5 Then my God put it into my heart to gather the nobles, the rulers, and the people, that they might be registered by genealogy. And I found a register of the genealogy of those who had come up in the first return, and found written in it:
6 These are the people of the province who came back from the captivity, of those who had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and who returned to Jerusalem and Judah, everyone to his city.
7 Those who came with Zerubbabel were Jeshua, Nehemiah, Azariah, Raamiah, Nahamani, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispereth, Bigvai, Nehum, and Baanah. The number of the men of the people of Israel:
8 the sons of Parosh, two thousand one hundred and seventy-two;
9 the sons of Shephatiah, three hundred and seventy-two;
10 the sons of Arah, six hundred and fifty-two;
11 the sons of Pahath-Moab, of the sons of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand eight hundred and eighteen;
12 the sons of Elam, one thousand two hundred and fifty-four;
13 the sons of Zattu, eight hundred and forty-five;
14 the sons of Zaccai, seven hundred and sixty;
15 the sons of Binnui, six hundred and forty-eight;
16 the sons of Bebai, six hundred and twenty-eight;
17 the sons of Azgad, two thousand three hundred and twenty-two;
18 the sons of Adonikam, six hundred and sixty-seven;
19 the sons of Bigvai, two thousand and sixty-seven;
20 the sons of Adin, six hundred and fifty-five;
21 the sons of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety-eight;
22 the sons of Hashum, three hundred and twenty-eight;
23 the sons of Bezai, three hundred and twenty-four;
24 the sons of Hariph, one hundred and twelve;
25 the sons of Gibeon, ninety-five;
26 the men of Bethlehem and Netophah, one hundred and eighty-eight;
27 the men of Anathoth, one hundred and twenty-eight;
28 the men of Beth Azmaveth, forty-two;
29 the men of Kirjath Jearim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred and forty-three;
30 the men of Ramah and Geba, six hundred and twenty-one;
31 the men of Michmas, one hundred and twenty-two;
32 the men of Bethel and Ai, one hundred and twenty-three;
33 the men of the other Nebo, fifty-two;
34 the sons of the other Elam, one thousand two hundred and fifty-four;
35 the sons of Harim, three hundred and twenty;
36 the sons of Jericho, three hundred and forty-five;
37 the sons of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred and twenty-one;
38 the sons of Senaah, three thousand nine hundred and thirty.
39 The priests: the sons of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred and seventy-three;
40 the sons of Immer, one thousand and fifty-two;
41 the sons of Pashhur, one thousand two hundred and forty-seven;
42 the sons of Harim, one thousand and seventeen.
43 The Levites: the sons of Jeshua, of Kadmiel, and of the sons of Hodevah, seventy-four.
44 The singers: the sons of Asaph, one hundred and forty-eight.
45 The gatekeepers: the sons of Shallum, the sons of Ater, the sons of Talmon, the sons of Akkub, the sons of Hatita, the sons of Shobai, one hundred and thirty-eight.
46 The Nethinim: the sons of Ziha, the sons of Hasupha, the sons of Tabbaoth,
47 the sons of Keros, the sons of Sia, the sons of Padon,
48 the sons of Lebana, the sons of Hagaba, the sons of Salmai,
49 the sons of Hanan, the sons of Giddel, the sons of Gahar,
50 the sons of Reaiah, the sons of Rezin, the sons of Nekoda,
51 the sons of Gazzam, the sons of Uzza, the sons of Paseah,
52 the sons of Besai, the sons of Meunim, the sons of Nephishesim,
53 the sons of Bakbuk, the sons of Hakupha, the sons of Harhur,
54 the sons of Bazlith, the sons of Mehida, the sons of Harsha,
55 the sons of Barkos, the sons of Sisera, the sons of Tamah,
56 the sons of Neziah, and the sons of Hatipha.
57 The sons of Solomon's servants: the sons of Sotai, the sons of Sophereth, the sons of Perida,
58 the sons of Jaala, the sons of Darkon, the sons of Giddel,
59 the sons of Shephatiah, the sons of Hattil, the sons of Pochereth of Zebaim, and the sons of Amon.
60 All the Nethinim, and the sons of Solomon's servants, were three hundred and ninety-two.
61 And these were the ones who came up from Tel Melah, Tel Harsha, Cherub, Addon, and Immer, but they could not identify their father's house nor their lineage, whether they were of Israel:
62 the sons of Delaiah, the sons of Tobiah, the sons of Nekoda, six hundred and forty-two;
63 and of the priests: the sons of Habaiah, the sons of Koz, the sons of Barzillai, who took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called by their name.
64 These sought their listing among those who were registered by genealogy, but it was not found; therefore they were excluded from the priesthood as defiled.
65 And the governor said to them that they should not eat of the most holy things till a priest could consult with the Urim and Thummim.
66 Altogether the whole assembly was forty-two thousand three hundred and sixty,
67 besides their male and female servants, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven; and they had two hundred and forty-five men and women singers.
68 Their horses were seven hundred and thirty-six, their mules two hundred and forty-five,
69 their camels four hundred and thirty-five, and donkeys six thousand seven hundred and twenty.
70 And some of the heads of the fathers' houses gave to the work. The governor gave to the treasury one thousand gold drachmas, fifty basins, and five hundred and thirty priestly garments.
71 Some of the heads of the fathers' houses gave to the treasury of the work twenty thousand gold drachmas, and two thousand two hundred silver minas.
72 And that which the rest of the people gave was twenty thousand gold drachmas, two thousand silver minas, and sixty-seven priestly garments.
73 So the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, some of the people, the Nethinim, and all Israel dwelt in their cities. When the seventh month came, the children of Israel were in their cities.
Nehemiah 8 (NKJV™)
1 Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded Israel.
2 So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month.
3 Then he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.
4 So Ezra the scribe stood on a platform of wood which they had made for the purpose; and beside him, at his right hand, stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Urijah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah; and at his left hand Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.
5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up.
6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. Then all the people answered, "Amen, Amen!" while lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
7 Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, helped the people to understand the Law; and the people stood in their place.
8 So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading.
9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, "This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn nor weep." For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law.
10 Then he said to them, "Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our LORD. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
11 So the Levites quieted all the people, saying, "Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved."
12 And all the people went their way to eat and drink, to send portions and rejoice greatly, because they understood the words that were declared to them.
13 Now on the second day the heads of the fathers' houses of all the people, with the priests and Levites, were gathered to Ezra the scribe, in order to understand the words of the Law.
14 And they found written in the Law, which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths during the feast of the seventh month,
15 and that they should announce and proclaim in all their cities and in Jerusalem, saying, "Go out to the mountain, and bring olive branches, branches of oil trees, myrtle branches, palm branches, and branches of leafy trees, to make booths, as it is written."
16 Then the people went out and brought them and made themselves booths, each one on the roof of his house, or in their courtyards or the courts of the house of God, and in the open square of the Water Gate and in the open square of the Gate of Ephraim.
17 So the whole assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and sat under the booths; for since the days of Joshua the son of Nun until that day the children of Israel had not done so. And there was very great gladness.
18 Also day by day, from the first day until the last day, he read from the Book of the Law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day there was a sacred assembly, according to the prescribed manner.
Nehemiah 9 (NKJV™)
1 Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, in sackcloth, and with dust on their heads.
2 Then those of Israelite lineage separated themselves from all foreigners; and they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.
3 And they stood up in their place and read from the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for one-fourth of the day; and for another fourth they confessed and worshiped the LORD their God.
4 Then Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani stood on the stairs of the Levites and cried out with a loud voice to the LORD their God.
5 And the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said: "Stand up and bless the LORD your God Forever and ever! "Blessed be Your glorious name, Which is exalted above all blessing and praise!
6 You alone are the LORD; You have made heaven, The heaven of heavens, with all their host, The earth and everything on it, The seas and all that is in them, And You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You.
7 "You are the LORD God, Who chose Abram, And brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans, And gave him the name Abraham;
8 You found his heart faithful before You, And made a covenant with him To give the land of the Canaanites, The Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, And the Girgashites--To give it to his descendants. You have performed Your words, For You are righteous.
9 "You saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, And heard their cry by the Red Sea.
10 You showed signs and wonders against Pharaoh, Against all his servants, And against all the people of his land. For You knew that they acted proudly against them. So You made a name for Yourself, as it is this day.
11 And You divided the sea before them, So that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land; And their persecutors You threw into the deep, As a stone into the mighty waters.
12 Moreover You led them by day with a cloudy pillar, And by night with a pillar of fire, To give them light on the road Which they should travel.
13 "You came down also on Mount Sinai, And spoke with them from heaven, And gave them just ordinances and true laws, Good statutes and commandments.
14 You made known to them Your holy Sabbath, And commanded them precepts, statutes and laws, By the hand of Moses Your servant.
15 You gave them bread from heaven for their hunger, And brought them water out of the rock for their thirst, And told them to go in to possess the land Which You had sworn to give them.
16 "But they and our fathers acted proudly, Hardened their necks, And did not heed Your commandments.
17 They refused to obey, And they were not mindful of Your wonders That You did among them. But they hardened their necks, And in their rebellion They appointed a leader To return to their bondage. But You are God, Ready to pardon, Gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, Abundant in kindness, And did not forsake them.
18 "Even when they made a molded calf for themselves, And said, 'This is your god That brought you up out of Egypt,' And worked great provocations,
19 Yet in Your manifold mercies You did not forsake them in the wilderness. The pillar of the cloud did not depart from them by day, To lead them on the road; Nor the pillar of fire by night, To show them light, And the way they should go.
20 You also gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, And did not withhold Your manna from their mouth, And gave them water for their thirst.
21 Forty years You sustained them in the wilderness, They lacked nothing; Their clothes did not wear out And their feet did not swell.
22 "Moreover You gave them kingdoms and nations, And divided them into districts. So they took possession of the land of Sihon, The land of the king of Heshbon, And the land of Og king of Bashan.
23 You also multiplied their children as the stars of heaven, And brought them into the land Which You had told their fathers To go in and possess.
24 So the people went in And possessed the land; You subdued before them the inhabitants of the land, The Canaanites, And gave them into their hands, With their kings And the people of the land, That they might do with them as they wished.
25 And they took strong cities and a rich land, And possessed houses full of all goods, Cisterns already dug, vineyards, olive groves, And fruit trees in abundance. So they ate and were filled and grew fat, And delighted themselves in Your great goodness.
26 "Nevertheless they were disobedient And rebelled against You, Cast Your law behind their backs And killed Your prophets, who testified against them To turn them to Yourself; And they worked great provocations.
27 Therefore You delivered them into the hand of their enemies, Who oppressed them; And in the time of their trouble, When they cried to You, You heard from heaven; And according to Your abundant mercies You gave them deliverers who saved them From the hand of their enemies.
28 "But after they had rest, They again did evil before You. Therefore You left them in the hand of their enemies, So that they had dominion over them; Yet when they returned and cried out to You, You heard from heaven; And many times You delivered them according to Your mercies,
29 And testified against them, That You might bring them back to Your law. Yet they acted proudly, And did not heed Your commandments, But sinned against Your judgments, 'Which if a man does, he shall live by them.' And they shrugged their shoulders, Stiffened their necks, And would not hear.
30 Yet for many years You had patience with them, And testified against them by Your Spirit in Your prophets. Yet they would not listen; Therefore You gave them into the hand of the peoples of the lands.
31 Nevertheless in Your great mercy You did not utterly consume them nor forsake them; For You are God, gracious and merciful.
32 "Now therefore, our God, The great, the mighty, and awesome God, Who keeps covenant and mercy: Do not let all the trouble seem small before You That has come upon us, Our kings and our princes, Our priests and our prophets, Our fathers and on all Your people, from the days of the kings of Assyria until this day.
33 However You are just in all that has befallen us; For You have dealt faithfully, But we have done wickedly.
34 Neither our kings nor our princes, Our priests nor our fathers, Have kept Your law, Nor heeded Your commandments and Your testimonies, With which You testified against them.
35 For they have not served You in their kingdom, Or in the many good things that You gave them, Or in the large and rich land which You set before them; Nor did they turn from their wicked works.
36 "Here we are, servants today! And the land that You gave to our fathers, To eat its fruit and its bounty, Here we are, servants in it!
37 And it yields much increase to the kings You have set over us, Because of our sins; Also they have dominion over our bodies and our cattle At their pleasure; And we are in great distress.
38 "And because of all this, We make a sure covenant, and write it; our leaders, our Levites, and our priests seal it."
Nehemiah 10 (NKJV™)
1 Now those who placed their seal on the document were: Nehemiah the governor, the son of Hacaliah, and Zedekiah,
2 Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah,
3 Pashhur, Amariah, Malchijah,
4 Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch,
5 Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,
6 Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,
7 Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin,
8 Maaziah, Bilgai, and Shemaiah. These were the priests.
9 The Levites: Jeshua the son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, and Kadmiel.
10 Their brethren: Shebaniah, Hodijah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan,
11 Micha, Rehob, Hashabiah,
12 Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,
13 Hodijah, Bani, and Beninu.
14 The leaders of the people: Parosh, Pahath-Moab, Elam, Zattu, Bani,
15 Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,
16 Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,
17 Ater, Hezekiah, Azzur,
18 Hodijah, Hashum, Bezai,
19 Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,
20 Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,
21 Meshezabel, Zadok, Jaddua,
22 Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,
23 Hoshea, Hananiah, Hasshub,
24 Hallohesh, Pilha, Shobek,
25 Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah,
26 Ahijah, Hanan, Anan,
27 Malluch, Harim, and Baanah.
28 Now the rest of the people--the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the Nethinim, and all those who had separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to the Law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, everyone who had knowledge and understanding--
29 these joined with their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse and an oath to walk in God's Law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and His ordinances and His statutes:
30 We would not give our daughters as wives to the peoples of the land, nor take their daughters for our sons;
31 if the peoples of the land brought wares or any grain to sell on the Sabbath day, we would not buy it from them on the Sabbath, or on a holy day; and we would forego the seventh year's produce and the exacting of every debt.
32 Also we made ordinances for ourselves, to exact from ourselves yearly one-third of a shekel for the service of the house of our God:
33 for the showbread, for the regular grain offering, for the regular burnt offering of the Sabbaths, the New Moons, and the set feasts; for the holy things, for the sin offerings to make atonement for Israel, and all the work of the house of our God.
34 We cast lots among the priests, the Levites, and the people, for bringing the wood offering into the house of our God, according to our fathers' houses, at the appointed times year by year, to burn on the altar of the LORD our God as it is written in the Law.
35 And we made ordinances to bring the firstfruits of our ground and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, to the house of the LORD;
36 to bring the firstborn of our sons and our cattle, as it is written in the Law, and the firstborn of our herds and our flocks, to the house of our God, to the priests who minister in the house of our God;
37 to bring the firstfruits of our dough, our offerings, the fruit from all kinds of trees, the new wine and oil, to the priests, to the storerooms of the house of our God; and to bring the tithes of our land to the Levites, for the Levites should receive the tithes in all our farming communities.
38 And the priest, the descendant of Aaron, shall be with the Levites when the Levites receive tithes; and the Levites shall bring up a tenth of the tithes to the house of our God, to the rooms of the storehouse.
39 For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the grain, of the new wine and the oil, to the storerooms where the articles of the sanctuary are, where the priests who minister and the gatekeepers and the singers are; and we will not neglect the house of our God.
Nehemiah 11 (NKJV™)
1 Now the leaders of the people dwelt at Jerusalem; the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to dwell in Jerusalem, the holy city, and nine-tenths were to dwell in other cities.
2 And the people blessed all the men who willingly offered themselves to dwell at Jerusalem.
3 These are the heads of the province who dwelt in Jerusalem. (But in the cities of Judah everyone dwelt in his own possession in their cities--Israelites, priests, Levites, Nethinim, and descendants of Solomon's servants.)
4 Also in Jerusalem dwelt some of the children of Judah and of the children of Benjamin. The children of Judah: Athaiah the son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amariah, the son of Shephatiah, the son of Mahalalel, of the children of Perez;
5 and Maaseiah the son of Baruch, the son of Col-Hozeh, the son of Hazaiah, the son of Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son of Zechariah, the son of Shiloni.
6 All the sons of Perez who dwelt at Jerusalem were four hundred and sixty-eight valiant men.
7 And these are the sons of Benjamin: Sallu the son of Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of Maaseiah, the son of Ithiel, the son of Jeshaiah;
8 and after him Gabbai and Sallai, nine hundred and twenty-eight.
9 Joel the son of Zichri was their overseer, and Judah the son of Senuah was second over the city.
10 Of the priests: Jedaiah the son of Joiarib, and Jachin;
11 Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, was the leader of the house of God.
12 Their brethren who did the work of the house were eight hundred and twenty-two; and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malchijah,
13 and his brethren, heads of the fathers' houses, were two hundred and forty-two; and Amashai the son of Azarel, the son of Ahzai, the son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer,
14 and their brethren, mighty men of valor, were one hundred and twenty-eight. Their overseer was Zabdiel the son of one of the great men.
15 Also of the Levites: Shemaiah the son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Bunni;
16 Shabbethai and Jozabad, of the heads of the Levites, had the oversight of the business outside of the house of God;
17 Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, the leader who began the thanksgiving with prayer; Bakbukiah, the second among his brethren; and Abda the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.
18 All the Levites in the holy city were two hundred and eighty-four.
19 Moreover the gatekeepers, Akkub, Talmon, and their brethren who kept the gates, were one hundred and seventy-two.
20 And the rest of Israel, of the priests and Levites, were in all the cities of Judah, everyone in his inheritance.
21 But the Nethinim dwelt in Ophel. And Ziha and Gishpa were over the Nethinim.
22 Also the overseer of the Levites at Jerusalem was Uzzi the son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micha, of the sons of Asaph, the singers in charge of the service of the house of God.
23 For it was the king's command concerning them that a certain portion should be for the singers, a quota day by day.
24 Pethahiah the son of Meshezabel, of the children of Zerah the son of Judah, was the king's deputy in all matters concerning the people.
25 And as for the villages with their fields, some of the children of Judah dwelt in Kirjath Arba and its villages, Dibon and its villages, Jekabzeel and its villages;
26 in Jeshua, Moladah, Beth Pelet,
27 Hazar Shual, and Beersheba and its villages;
28 in Ziklag and Meconah and its villages;
29 in En Rimmon, Zorah, Jarmuth,
30 Zanoah, Adullam, and their villages; in Lachish and its fields; in Azekah and its villages. They dwelt from Beersheba to the Valley of Hinnom.
31 Also the children of Benjamin from Geba dwelt in Michmash, Aija, and Bethel, and their villages;
32 in Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah;
33 in Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim;
34 in Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat;
35 in Lod, Ono, and the Valley of Craftsmen.
36 Some of the Judean divisions of Levites were in Benjamin.
Nehemiah 12 (NKJV™)
1 Now these are the priests and the Levites who came up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra,
2 Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,
3 Shechaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,
4 Iddo, Ginnethoi, Abijah,
5 Mijamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,
6 Shemaiah, Joiarib, Jedaiah,
7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, and Jedaiah. These were the heads of the priests and their brethren in the days of Jeshua.
8 Moreover the Levites were Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah who led the thanksgiving psalms, he and his brethren.
9 Also Bakbukiah and Unni, their brethren, stood across from them in their duties.
10 Jeshua begot Joiakim, Joiakim begot Eliashib, Eliashib begot Joiada,
11 Joiada begot Jonathan, and Jonathan begot Jaddua.
12 Now in the days of Joiakim, the priests, the heads of the fathers' houses were: of Seraiah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, Hananiah;
13 of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, Jehohanan;
14 of Melichu, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, Joseph;
15 of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai;
16 of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Meshullam;
17 of Abijah, Zichri; the son of Minjamin; of Moadiah, Piltai;
18 of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah, Jehonathan;
19 of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiah, Uzzi;
20 of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber;
21 of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; and of Jedaiah, Nethanel.
22 During the reign of Darius the Persian, a record was also kept of the Levites and priests who had been heads of their fathers' houses in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, Johanan, and Jaddua.
23 The sons of Levi, the heads of the fathers' houses until the days of Johanan the son of Eliashib, were written in the book of the chronicles.
24 And the heads of the Levites were Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brothers across from them, to praise and give thanks, group alternating with group, according to the command of David the man of God.
25 Mattaniah, Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, and Akkub were gatekeepers keeping the watch at the storerooms of the gates.
26 These lived in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor, and of Ezra the priest, the scribe.
27 Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings and singing, with cymbals and stringed instruments and harps.
28 And the sons of the singers gathered together from the countryside around Jerusalem, from the villages of the Netophathites,
29 from the house of Gilgal, and from the fields of Geba and Azmaveth; for the singers had built themselves villages all around Jerusalem.
30 Then the priests and Levites purified themselves, and purified the people, the gates, and the wall.
31 So I brought the leaders of Judah up on the wall, and appointed two large thanksgiving choirs. One went to the right hand on the wall toward the Refuse Gate.
32 After them went Hoshaiah and half of the leaders of Judah,
33 and Azariah, Ezra, Meshullam,
34 Judah, Benjamin, Shemaiah, Jeremiah,
35 and some of the priests' sons with trumpets--Zechariah the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph,
36 and his brethren, Shemaiah, Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, Judah, and Hanani, with the musical instruments of David the man of God. Ezra the scribe went before them.
37 By the Fountain Gate, in front of them, they went up the stairs of the City of David, on the stairway of the wall, beyond the house of David, as far as the Water Gate eastward.
38 The other thanksgiving choir went the opposite way, and I was behind them with half of the people on the wall, going past the Tower of the Ovens as far as the Broad Wall,
39 and above the Gate of Ephraim, above the Old Gate, above the Fish Gate, the Tower of Hananel, the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Sheep Gate; and they stopped by the Gate of the Prison.
40 So the two thanksgiving choirs stood in the house of God, likewise I and the half of the rulers with me;
41 and the priests, Eliakim, Maaseiah, Minjamin, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hananiah, with trumpets;
42 also Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Malchijah, Elam, and Ezer. The singers sang loudly with Jezrahiah the director.
43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and the children also rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off.
44 And at the same time some were appointed over the rooms of the storehouse for the offerings, the firstfruits, and the tithes, to gather into them from the fields of the cities the portions specified by the Law for the priests and Levites; for Judah rejoiced over the priests and Levites who ministered.
45 Both the singers and the gatekeepers kept the charge of their God and the charge of the purification, according to the command of David and Solomon his son.
46 For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chiefs of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.
47 In the days of Zerubbabel and in the days of Nehemiah all Israel gave the portions for the singers and the gatekeepers, a portion for each day. They also consecrated holy things for the Levites, and the Levites consecrated them for the children of Aaron.
Nehemiah 13 (NKJV™)
1 On that day they read from the Book of Moses in the hearing of the people, and in it was found written that no Ammonite or Moabite should ever come into the assembly of God,
2 because they had not met the children of Israel with bread and water, but hired Balaam against them to curse them. However, our God turned the curse into a blessing.
3 So it was, when they had heard the Law, that they separated all the mixed multitude from Israel.
4 Now before this, Eliashib the priest, having authority over the storerooms of the house of our God, was allied with Tobiah.
5 And he had prepared for him a large room, where previously they had stored the grain offerings, the frankincense, the articles, the tithes of grain, the new wine and oil, which were commanded to be given to the Levites and singers and gatekeepers, and the offerings for the priests.
6 But during all this I was not in Jerusalem, for in the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon I had returned to the king. Then after certain days I obtained leave from the king,
7 and I came to Jerusalem and discovered the evil that Eliashib had done for Tobiah, in preparing a room for him in the courts of the house of God.
8 And it grieved me bitterly; therefore I threw all the household goods of Tobiah out of the room.
9 Then I commanded them to cleanse the rooms; and I brought back into them the articles of the house of God, with the grain offering and the frankincense.
10 I also realized that the portions for the Levites had not been given them; for each of the Levites and the singers who did the work had gone back to his field.
11 So I contended with the rulers, and said, "Why is the house of God forsaken?" And I gathered them together and set them in their place.
12 Then all Judah brought the tithe of the grain and the new wine and the oil to the storehouse.
13 And I appointed as treasurers over the storehouse Shelemiah the priest and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah; and next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah; for they were considered faithful, and their task was to distribute to their brethren.
14 Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and do not wipe out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for its services!
15 In those days I saw people in Judah treading wine presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and loading donkeys with wine, grapes, figs, and all kinds of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. And I warned them about the day on which they were selling provisions.
16 Men of Tyre dwelt there also, who brought in fish and all kinds of goods, and sold them on the Sabbath to the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem.
17 Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said to them, "What evil thing is this that you do, by which you profane the Sabbath day?
18 "Did not your fathers do thus, and did not our God bring all this disaster on us and on this city? Yet you bring added wrath on Israel by profaning the Sabbath."
19 So it was, at the gates of Jerusalem, as it began to be dark before the Sabbath, that I commanded the gates to be shut, and charged that they must not be opened till after the Sabbath. Then I posted some of my servants at the gates, so that no burdens would be brought in on the Sabbath day.
20 Now the merchants and sellers of all kinds of wares lodged outside Jerusalem once or twice.
21 Then I warned them, and said to them, "Why do you spend the night around the wall? If you do so again, I will lay hands on you!" From that time on they came no more on the Sabbath.
22 And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse themselves, and that they should go and guard the gates, to sanctify the Sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of Your mercy!
23 In those days I also saw Jews who had married women of Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab.
24 And half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod, and could not speak the language of Judah, but spoke according to the language of one or the other people.
25 So I contended with them and cursed them, struck some of them and pulled out their hair, and made them swear by God, saying, "You shall not give your daughters as wives to their sons, nor take their daughters for your sons or yourselves.
26 "Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? Yet among many nations there was no king like him, who was beloved of his God; and God made him king over all Israel. Nevertheless pagan women caused even him to sin.
27 "Should we then hear of your doing all this great evil, transgressing against our God by marrying pagan women?"
28 And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, was a son-in-law of Sanballat the Horonite; therefore I drove him from me.
29 Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood and the covenant of the priesthood and the Levites.
30 Thus I cleansed them of everything pagan. I also assigned duties to the priests and the Levites, each to his service,
31 and to bringing the wood offering and the firstfruits at appointed times. Remember me, O my God, for good!

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Get ready for our twenty-fourth departure for the Bible from 30,000 Feet. We will fly at cruising altitude over the entire book of Nehemiah with our pilot, Pastor Skip Heitzig. In this book, Nehemiah, the king's cupbearer, is given permission to lead third and final return to Jerusalem to repair and rebuild the city's walls. This book will show us a political construction (chapters 1-7), and a spiritual instruction (chapters 8-13). Join us as we see how Nehemiah gathers his spiritual strength from God during a time of great opposition.

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DESTINATION: Nehemiah 1-13

The book of Nehemiah continues where Ezra leaves off. Nehemiah, the cupbearer to the king, leads the third and final return to Jerusalem. Granted permission by the king, Nehemiah leads a group to repair and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Nehemiah is met with much hostility and conflict, and he shows us that times of trial require strong spiritual leadership. This book combines the ideas of work and worship.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

586 B.C.
Babylonians take Southern Kingdom of Judah captive

539 B.C.
Cyrus of Persia conquers Babylon

538 B.C.
The return of the Jews to Judea begins

536-515 B.C.
Rebuilding of the Temple

464-424 B.C.
Artaxerxes Longimanus reigns in Persia

458 B.C.
Ezra leads a group of returnees

444 B.C.
Nehemiah leads a group of returnees

443 B.C.
Jerusalem's wall is reconstructed

TRIP PLANNER:

Leaving off where the book of Ezra ends, the Temple had been rebuilt and
dedicated, but the walls of the city are still in ruins. Nehemiah, the king's
cupbearer, is sent with the third and final group of returnees to Jerusalem
to rebuild the city walls. The Book of Nehemiah can be divided into two
sections.

Political Construction - Chapters 1-7
Spiritual Instruction - Chapters 8-13

PLACES OF INTEREST:

Beth Zur - A town in ancient Palestine, north of Hebron, on the Jerusalem road. Built by Rehoboam for the defense of his kingdom (2 Chronicles 11:7). Today it is the modern Khirbat Tubaygah, or the West Bank. Nehemiah, son of Azbuk was the ruler of half of this district (Neh. 3:16). During the Persian periods, it was a sparsely occupied area.

Kidron Valley - The Kidron Valley is near the city of Jerusalem and is mentioned several times in the Bible. It is named after the Kidron stream that flows through the region. The Kidron Valley runs along the eastern wall of Jerusalem, and separates the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives. It then runs towards the east, cutting through the Judean Desert, and heads towards the Dead Sea.

The Wall of Jerusalem - The wall around a city was one of its most important features. The wall was the first line of defense for the people inside the city. It protected them during times of war and peace. Whenever the people returned to the city from the captivity, they were confronted with needed repairs at certain locations on the wall. (Neh. 1:3)

The Gates:
  1. The Valley Gate
  2. The Fountain Gate
  3. The Sheep Gate
  4. The Fish Gate
  5. The Old Gate
  6. The Refuse Gate
  7. The Water Gate
  8. The Horse Gate
  9. The East Gate
  10. The Gate of Miphkad
  11. The Gate of Ephriam
  12. The Prison Gate


Thirty-Two Cities of Judah


1. Kirjatharba17. Azekah
2. Dibon 18. Geba
3. Jekabzeel19. Michmash
4. Jeshua20. Aija
5. Moladah21. Bethel
6. Bethphelet22. Anathot
7. Hazarshual23. Nob
8. Beersheba24. Ananiah
9. Ziklag25. Hazor
10. Mekonah26. Ramah
11. Enrimmon27. Gittaim
12. Zareah28. Hadid
13. Jarmuth29. Zeboim
14. Zanoah30. Neballat
15. Adullam31. Lod
16. Lachish32. Ono


PEOPLE OF INTEREST:

Four Treasurers - Once all of the tithes of grain, new wine and oil were brought into the storeroom, four people were put in charge of this treasury. For accountability, four people from four backgrounds were placed in charge.
  1. Shelemiah: the Priest
  2. Zaddock: the Scribe
  3. Pedaiah: the Levite
  4. Hannan: a Layman


Eliashib - He was the high priest after the captivity. In the true spirit of being a servant of God, he led some of the rebuilding projects, doing the physical work. (Neh. 3:1)

Hanani - Nehemiah's brother who reported the poor conditions in Jerusalem to Nehemiah while he was still in Persia (Neh. 1:2). Nehemiah placed him in charge of the military protection of the restored Jerusalem (Neh. 7:2)

Nehemiah - His name means "The Lord comforts." The son of Hachaliah, Nehemiah was the re-builder of the walls of Jerusalem. He was the royal cupbearer to King Artaxexes and would later become the leader and governor of Jerusalem.

Sanballat - A Horonite and one of the chief opponents of Nehemiah as he built the walls of Jerusalem. Sanballat was also an enemy of the nation Israel and the returning Jews. His name had the meaning "sin has given him life."

Tobiah - An Amorite servant of Sanballat who ridiculed the Jewish efforts to rebuild the walls. His name means "The Lord is good."

Twenty-Five Leaders of the Provinces:


1. Athaiah14. Shemaiah
2. Masseiah15. Shabbethai
3. Sallu16. Jozabad
4. Gabbai17. Mathaniah
5. Sallai18. Bakbukiah
6. Joel19. Abda
7. Judah20. Akkub
8. Jedaiah21. Talmon
9. Jachin 22. Ziha
10. Seraiah23. Gispa
11. Adaiah24. Uzzi
12. Amashai25. Pethahiah
13. Zabdiel


FUN FACTS:

Booths - The Law stated that the people were to live in booths during the Feast of Tabernacles. These booths were simple, made of branches from all kinds of trees. They were similar to an island hut. This was to commemorate that while the Israelites were in the wilderness, they lived in temporary quarters. (Neh. 8:14)

Cupbearer to the King - The office of the royal cupbearer was a position of great honor and trust in the Persian court. One of the duties of the cupbearer was to choose and taste the wines to be sure that they were pleasurable and not poisoned. He was in the presence of the king daily and was able to watch as he directed the kingdom. This gave Nehemiah the knowledge that prepared him to lead the people back into the land.

Fasting - Fasting is part of the faith of old and new religions all over the world. Usually, the fast is to go without food for a specific period. When Nehemiah heard of the affliction of the previous group of captives who returned, he fasted. Look at the actions that surrounded his fasting. (Neh. 1:4)

High wooden platform - Ezra stood on this platform to read the Book of the Law. This was a raised stage or platform that was built specifically for this purpose. Thirteen priests stood with him on the platform. When the book was opened, the people stood and he blessed
them. (Neh. 8:4)

King's tax - The people claimed that they had to borrow money to pay the King's tax (Neh. 5:4). Very little of the King's tax was returned to the local area. It was taken back to the home country. This took coined money out of circulation and left the people in an even poorer state. When the Persians foreclosed on the land, they took coined money out of production, causing a great rate of inflation which hurt the people.

Selling sons and daughters into slavery – This heartless act was legal in order to pay a debt. On the positive side, all slaves were to be released on the Sabbath year and the year of Jubilee. Bitter feelings developed in families. For this reason, Nehemiah put an end to this practice.

Seven oppositions to rebuilding the wall - The work on the wall faced major opposition from the enemies. Our work for Christ faces similar opposition. Seven methods were used to discourage God's people:
  1. Anger (Neh. 4:1)
  2. Ridicule (4:1-3)
  3. Conspiracy and war (4:7-8)
  4. Continual threats (4:10-23)
  5. Craftiness (6:1-4)
  6. Accusation (6:5-9)
  7. Treachery (6:10-14)

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Pastor Skip Heitzig: Well, turn in your Bibles tonight to Nehemiah Chapter 1, as we survey go through the Bible this year. Nehemiah Chapter 1 through 13 tonight we're going to cover by God's grace. Tonight, I don't know what you are going through but I know that God does. And before we pray or before we can do our Bible study, let's just pray for those who are around us. Heavenly Father you know exactly what we have been facing this week, the issues of our year, our month, the relationships that we are in, the ones that we are struggling with, the things at work that are bothering us, even issues in our own souls and our own lives, maybe things that nobody else knows anything about, but you know them deeply, intimately. And Lord just as we are saying that Your love is wider than the ocean. It's vast, it's everlasting and it's based upon the covenant of sending Jesus Christ to be the atonement for our sins, His blood shed for us or we approach You on that basis. And we pray Father that You would touch and heel and minister to those here in the congregation tonight, even through these words of Jeremiah, as they brought revival years ago, revive our hearts. But we thank You also for those watching on the internet live, those listening by radio. We thank You for Your family that has gathered here tonight in this place. Bless, as You said in Your word, You are a rewarder of those who diligently seek You in Jesus' name. Amen! My father was a builder when I was growing up. He was a man who had vision to see a piece of raw land and think what it could become. Sub-divisions, shopping centers, housing tracks, in fact, I remember a phone conversation just to show you how old this is, we were in Southern California, I was growing up, my dad was on the phone and as he was thinking about developing and building, he was having a conversation with a friend of his and he said, "I can predict the day, someday in the future when homes in Los Angeles will be at least $50,000." Now in those days, you know it wasn't B.C., $50,000 sounded outrageous, but you couldn't buy a garage door for $50,000 in Los Angeles. Things have changed. And I remember that he had a vision for developing a piece of property in Orange County, he wanted to buy it, it was all lemon groves, it was called Lemon Heights at the time. And he wanted to buy it from Orange County and build homes on it. And at that time the county didn't have the forethought or the foresight to think about what could become. So he said, "Here's my plan, I want to buy the lemon groves, I want to tear down the lemon groves and I want to build homes." And Orange County said, "If you tear down the lemon trees and build homes, you'll devalue the property." And at that time maybe they were right, but he was thinking with vision way down the line. Now those homes are incredibly priced. Well, Nehemiah was a builder. He goes from cup-bearer to construction builder in Jerusalem. He is not in Jerusalem, at first he is in a far away place of Persia, but he also had incredible vision of what could become, what could happen with the city of Jerusalem. Now Nehemiah was a contemporary of Ezra, the last guy that we read about last week, but Ezra had been in Jerusalem already 14 years. Nehemiah leads the third and final group from the captivity back to Jerusalem; remember Zarubabel and then Ezra and now Nehemiah brings the third and final group back to rebuild the city. Now building is one thing. Rebuilding something is another thing. In fact, I would say, it's a lot harder to do a rebuild then just to build from scratch. And to rebuild a city that has been broken down is a daunting task. I remember, the two weeks that I spent at Ground Zero after the Twin Towers fell and I remember the whole city felt this sense of despair. I mean, you see that pile of rubble and it's such a daunting task to think of removing it, let alone rebuilding something all over again. And there were firefighters and there were city workers and politicians, all of them absolutely dismayed as they thought about their future. So Nehemiah goes back to a city that is very similar thinking that way. Well, there are three basic themes in this book, three basic themes and they are all divided in sections. Chapter 1 through 7 is the first section; Chapters 8, 9 and 10, the second section; and then Chapters 11 through 13, the third section. Chapters 1 through 7, the first theme, is rebuilding a city's protection, rebuilding a city's protection. They have been back for a period of time they built a temple, but though they have a temple they don't have walls to protect the city. So what good does it do to have worship if you don't have the freedom and the security to worship? So he wants to come back and rebuild the walls, rebuild the city's protection. Number two, the second theme is Chapters 8, 9 and 10, that is, reviving a city's passion, reviving a city's passion. Nehemiah believes that worshiping the Lord is essential. Don't just put up a building, just don't put up walls on the streets, make sure that people have the right heart felt activity of prays and worship, and everything is in place. And then the third and the final theme is Chapters 11 through 13 and that is resettling a city's population. You are going to find an interesting problem towards the end of this book. They have a city, they have walls, they have buildings; they just don't have people. Not many people came back, even though there were three different returns, Jerusalem was a ghost town. So he is going to resettle the city's population. Well let's look in Chapter 1:1, and the first seven chapters, rebuilding a city's protection. "The words of Nehemiah, the son of Hacaliah, it came to pass in the month of Kislev in the twentieth year that I was in Shushan the citadel." That's about 150 miles north of the Persian Gulf. It's in Persia, ancient Iran. "That Hanani, one of my brethren", and we'll find out in Chapter 7 that he was actually one of Nehemiah's brethren, an actual blood brother, a blood relative, "came with men from Judah and I ask them concerning the Jews who had escaped who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem." "And they said to me, "the survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem is also broken down and its gates are burned with fire." So it was "When I heard these words that I sat down and wept and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven." Down on Verse 11, at the end of that prayer, "Oh Lord, I pray, please let Your ear be attentive to the prayer of Your servant and to the prayer of Your servants who desire to fear Your name and let Your servant prosper this day, I pray, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man for I was the king's cupbearer." This man that Nehemiah speaks of is none other than a guy named Artaxerxes Longimanus. Artaxerxes Longimanus was the guy who succeeds king Ahasuerus you go, you lost me. Artaxerxes was hard enough, Ahasuerus is even worse. Ahasuerus will be the name that will be mentioned in the next book, the Book of Esther. After Ahasuerus dies, Artaxerxes who is the son and the stepson of Esther, takes the throne. And he gives a very important command, I wish we had more time, but he gives the command to restore and rebuild Jerusalem which sets the time clock for Daniel Chapter 9:25, the Prophet Daniel in captivity gave the exact date that Jesus the Messiah would come to Jerusalem and present Himself as king, to the exact date, 173,880 days. He predicated the Messiah would show up and He did and it's been historically shown. Don't have enough time to get into that, but we will when we get to Daniel. So he was the king's cupbearer. Now as we briefly mentioned on Sunday, because we use this text to begin our study. The cupbearer was the personal secretary or assistant to the king of Persia. He had to be cultured; he had to be knowledgeable in the law, conversant in politics. He had to be handsome in appearance and he was very close to the king and very trusted. And so he has an end with the king and he hears what is happening in Jerusalem. There is a great old saying that says, "Large doors swings on small hinges". Large doors swings on small hinges. Those little conversations that you have with people, you don't know what they are going to yield. You are at the grocery store, you are in line, somebody asks a question and one piece comes together with another piece, leaves it somebody else or to leaving that person right there to Christ, you just don't know what could come in a natural normal set of events. And so here it happens that the cupbearer of the king happens to hear what's going on in Jerusalem and he happens to be the cupbearer, so he is close with the king and one thing leads to another, which will lead to the rebuilding of this city. So briefly, he hears what goes on, he sits down to weep. He then responds by kneeling down to pray and finally he stands up to work, he is going to go before the king, because he feels that since the city has broken down, God will use me to fix it. When Saul of Tarsus was on the way to Damascus and he got knocked off of his high horse, literally and figuratively he said, "Who are you Lord?" And the Lord said, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting." And then Saul of Tarsus asked a question that I wish every single Christian would ask, "What do you want me to do Lord?" Some people never really get around to asking that in a meaningful way, "Lord, what do you want me to do, what is the rest of my life supposed to be like?" Lead me, direct me, guide me, how can I be part of your plan on the earth? Nehemiah was of that sort. So Chapter 2:1, "It came to pass in the month of Nisan", again, this is the month not the car. This is around March or April, the spring of the year, "in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, I took the wine and gave it to the king." Now watch this, "I had never been sad in his presence before. Therefore the king said to me, "Why is your face sad, since you are not sick?" This is nothing but sorrow of heart. So I became dreadfully afraid." Now you might read that and be tempted to go, Oh! What a nice king. No, he is dreadfully afraid, because it was considered the highest crime for a cupbearer to be sad in the king's presence. It could mean capital punishment. They could cut your head off. And here was the idea. In a Persian Court, they did not want to give the king any reason to be sad. They didn't want to have him asking questions about something that would be bad or sad. They wanted to keep all sadness away from the king in his court. And also if you are working for the king he wants happy people. It's like if you work at a restaurant or for a company, you don't take your personal baggage into your job or you won't last long. For instance, if you are a waiter or a waitress and you go up to your table and you go, Hello! What do you want? Here's the menu. You naturally go, what's wrong? Well, I'll tell you what's wrong, I lost my job. You just don't do that there and it was even more so a crime in a Persian Court. That's why it says, "so I became dreadfully afraid". "And I said to the king, "May the king live forever."" It's a good thing to say when your life is on the line. May the king live forever, because I want to live forever. "Why should my face not be sad when the city, the place my Father's tomb lies in waste and its gates are burned with fire?" Now do you remember, in Proverbs 21 it says, "The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord and like the courses of the rivers, he turns it wherever he wishes." It's never more true than in what we are about to read in Verse 4, "Then the king said to me, "What do you request?" Bingo! Door wide open. So what do you want? Yes, now notice this. "So I prayed to the God of heaven." Now obviously, the kind of prayer that he prayed was -- let's call it a popcorn prayer -- he shot a quick one up. It wasn't a lengthy prayer. In that position he said, what do you want, and he thought Lord, help me now, give me your grace and then he talked. You see, you can imagine how it would if he would have paused when the king said, now what is it you want? And Nehemiah said, Lord, God I besieged the Father of heaven and earth. The king would suspect this guy of treason and it wouldn't work. So he didn't have enough time for a lengthy prayer however; the longest prayer recorded in the Bible will be in the book of Nehemiah. But at this time, it's just a quick one, like open door. But before I go through it, help Lord, help. "And I said to the king, "If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my Father's tombs that may rebuild it." Now please notice, Nehemiah's approach to the king. He is very submissive. He reverences and respects the position of the king. He doesn't say, King, I am here to tell you that I am going to Jerusalem whether you like it or not, dude, because I am following God. He didn't do that, he didn't have an attitude. Though he trusts God and though his highest authority is God and though as in the book of Acts it says, we must obey God rather than man, still please notice, the respect that this man has for his earthly authority. And I believe that Christians should have utmost respect for earthly authorities. The Bible tells us to respect the king, to pay taxes, to respect those who collect from us, for those who are employers, for spiritual care, those who care for our souls. Sometimes people have an attitude and they have an attitude in the name of God. That's what disturbs me the most. Why were you speeding, going 30 miles over the speed limit? I am not under the law. Well, you are going to get a ticket anyway; I don't care what you are under. Or well, I want this ministry to provide such and such and if you don't, I'll go and start my own church right down the street. There is a respect all throughout the Bible for the authority that God has over us, especially those who care for our souls. So he is very, very cooperative with the king and asks very nicely. So Nehemiah, eventually in this Chapter arrives in Jerusalem. There are two men that we mentioned a little while ago, Sanballat and Tobiah, they are agitated at it. So Verse 11, "I came to Jerusalem and was there for three days." Now again, Ezra is already there, he has been there 14 years. Nehemiah comes, they probably meet, they probably embrace, they catch up, if they knew each other. I am sure Ezra was happy to see him. "Then I arose in the night, I and a few men with me and told no one what my God had put in my heart to do with Jerusalem, nor was there any animal with me except the one on which I rode." Nehemiah goes to Jerusalem, doesn't say a word, doesn't show everybody his plan, doesn't show everybody his card, so to speak. See I am here, because I prayed, God sent me, the king cooperated and I am here to build the city. Didn't say a word and for a few days he just looked, he inspected. He wanted to see what he is up against, he wanted to formulate before the Lord a plan, and then he would share it with people and he does share it. Listen to what A.W Tozer, what a great author, if you have never read his stuff, get a hold of it. A.W Tozer said, "Aimless activity is beneath the worth and the dignity of a human being." The great weight of exhortations these days is in the direction of zeal and activity. Let's get going, is the favorite watchword for Gospel workers with the result that everyone feels ashamed to sit down and think. And so many people just, we have got to go, we got to go. Well, where are you going and what are you doing? I don't exactly know yet, but I know I got to go. Well, just stop, sit down, think it through, pray it through. Get a God given plan then go for it. He does, he rallies the people, Verses 17 through 20, and as he does Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem the Arab are again agitated, and they laugh at them. Verse 19, "When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite Official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed at us and despised us and said, "What is this thing that you are doing, will you rebel against the king?"" "So, I answered them and said to them, "The God of heaven, Himself will prosper us. So, therefore we, His servants, will arise and build, but you have no heritage or right or memorial in Jerusalem."" So Nehemiah comes, prays, thinks about it. He has got a vision; he has got a common goal, and he goes for it, right? So when you have got a vision and you have a goal and you rally people together and you are on the same page for whatever project you feel you ought to do, you are on your way right. No problem after that, right? No, get a clue, big problem. You have heard of Murphy's Law, "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong." Well, there is a thing called Lucifer's Law and that is "Anything Satan can mess up, he will mess up." And if you decide at any time in your Christian life to get serious about God or to embark on a mission project or some former service, there is a battle. I don't say that to drive you away, in fact, I hope it will make you say, "Oh Really! Well, come on." I hope that will embolden you, but any time you decide to do service for the Lord, it's like a bull's-eye is has painted on your back, you are a target. Think of David, David, the Shepherd Boy. Life was good for David, the Shepherd Boy. David, the Shepherd Boy could go out and tend sheep and sing songs and write, worship, music, and it was great, till that Samuel guy had to come over. And say, David is the next king of Israel and took oil and poured it all over his head and this little shepherd boy was going, "Hmm". From that day forward, his life changed. From that day forward, he became the target of Saul, really the target of Satan using Saul to destroy God's lineage, but it wasn't until he stepped up to the plate to serve the Lord, that all of that happened. Well, Jerusalem is the center of God's program here on the earth. And Nehemiah could have decided to build anywhere in the Persian Empire, it wouldn't have been a problem as it was here in Jerusalem and it is a problem. Chapter 3: Let's give it a title; let's called Chapter 3, 'Extreme Makeover Jerusalem Style'. You know, this city had a privilege and it was a friend of ours that got to be the recipient where extreme makeover came, in four-and-a-half days, here in Albuquerque, they built the guy's home, a family's home; beautiful, wonderful gift. They go to Jerusalem, Nehemiah, from start to finish, completes the walls of the city, get this, in 52 days. 52 days, the whole wall of the city gets built. That's a record. Record time, it gets done. Now if you were to go to Jerusalem today and I hope some of you will, I know some of you will, because you have said you will, but if you do, you will see piles of stones in a lot of different places, walls too but piles of stones and will say, "Hey, those stones were stones that fell from 70 A.D.", when the temple was destroyed as predicted by Jesus. You will see them, they are still there, and you will marvel at it. It's really cool to go Jerusalem and see archaeological digs and piles of stones, but it wasn't cool back then. They weren't looking in holes and going, "That's really cool! Just like God predicted, the city fell." No, no, that meant their protection or lack thereof, they were very vulnerable here. But God promised of Jerusalem, He said, I will put my name there. Psalm, 87, the Bible says, "God loves the Gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob." So God has a special interest in this city. And so, though they feel vulnerable, God has a plan and is going to enact the plan as He did through Ezra and Zarubabel, now through Nehemiah. So they build. They began on the North facing wall of the city and after they are done with the North wall, they move to the West wall and then the South wall and then the East wall, and in Chapter 3, there is a phrase that is used 16 times. It's the words "Next to". Next to, I could sum it up by saying this, here is a dude building, next to that dude is this dude, he is building here and next to him, is this family and next to them is this guy and next to and next to and next to, 16 times it's mentioned here, as they are building. 38 individuals and 42 groups are mentioned in Chapter 3 and are identified. And here is what I love about it. That is the body of Christ. We are next to each other and we have our part to do, we have our portion of the wall to build. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 12, "The body is not one member but many members." It's a team. Moses tried to do all the work himself and his father-in-law, there in Exodus 18 watch Moses from morning till sundown, doing everything and he comes home at night and feel really great about it and his father-in-law Jethro said, "Moses, this is not good. You are going to worry yourself out, and you are going to worry the people out, you need a team, man." One person no matter how gifted, can never do the work, especially the work of ministry alone. You need people next to you and next to you and next to you. Let me just say, this church is really great about the next to concept. There are so many of you that are involved in different ministries and it's just from the bottom of your heart, you just love to do it. People notice it. I notice it. And we are so grateful for every one of you that volunteers, that ministers in some capacity, but for others of you, some of you still think that church is a spectator sport. I come and I watch. It's a filling station for me, I get filled up and then I leave and I need to filled up again and then I go and I get filled up. Well, that's good. I hope you do, but I hope it's more than that. Back in the early 60s, when Bud Wilkinson was coaching his football team in Oklahoma and he was being interviewed and the interviewer said, "Mr. Wilkinson, you are a very famous coach. Define football for us, define the sport of football", and Bud Wilkinson said, "Football is 22,000 people in the grand stance who desperately need exercise and 22 people on the field who desperately need rest." He said, that's football. Well, that's sort of funny but that's sort of what it is. And those guys who out watching, hooting and hallowing, slamming down their beers and they should probably lose a little of that weight, and these guys are working, working, working, and sweating and they need to rest; a lot of times church is that way, a lot of spectators and a few people doing the work. One of the things I appreciate is so many of you do the work, and if God is prompting others of you to do an active service, get on board and be next to and work next to. Chapter 4 and 5, there is more opposition. Verse 1, "But it so happened when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, that he was furious and very indignant and he mocked the Jews." This is opposition by ridicule. "And he spoke before his brother and the army of Samaria." I think he wants a military, a war campaign. "And he said, "What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they fortify themselves? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they complete it in a day? Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish, stones that are burnt?"" Now you answer that question, will they revive those stones? They certainly will. Eventually, it will be done. So Nehemiah hears about that and he prays and in Verse 6, "So we built the wall, and the entire wall was joined together up to half its height, for the people had a mind to work." Now it's not done yet, it's not finished but it is joined together and it's about halfway a built. But he fights the battle in prayer. Now Chapter 4:10, there is more opposition. They are discouraged at this point, "Then Judah" the people of Judah who came back and said, "The strength of the laborers is failing"; now watch this, "and there is so much rubbish that we are not able to build the wall." Boy! That's a change. Couple of chapters ago they were saying, "Yes, let's rebuild that, we will do it, we are with you." They called the pile, piles of stones. Now they are believing the lie of the enemy, like in Verse 2, when they said, "Will they revive the stones from the heap of rubbish?" Now, that's the language the Jews are using, "This is just a pile of rubbish." No, it's not. These are stones that will be your wall. Why do you now see those stones as rubbish? Because they are borrowing the language after hearing enough of it from their enemies, they are being discouraged because of it. Well, Nehemiah responds, prayerfully but deliberately, he breaches the holes that are in the walls, where it's vulnerable, he encourages the people. While he does that, the enemy say, let's attack them, they won't know what's happening, we will just come in suddenly and get them. Verse 14, "And I looked and I rose, and said to the nobles, to the leaders, to the rest of the people, do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes." "And it happened when our enemies heard that it was known to us and that God had brought their plot to nothing, and that all of us return to the wall, everyone to his work." Chapter 5, there is more opposition. You think in more opposition, boy, this is a fight, well so is the Christian life to some degree, isn't it? "Fight the good fight", Paul said, "Endure hardship as a good soldier". Paul wrote to Timothy, at the end of his life, "I have fought the fight, and I finish the course." So yeah, it's slow and there is opposition, there is ridicule, there is discouragement. And now in Chapter 5, there is another form of opposition and that is greed. The taxes have been raised, people are out of money, there is famine in the land. Any loan officer in Jerusalem was charging exorbitant interest rates. Nehemiah finds out and he rebukes them and he corrects the problem in this chapter and sets up stringent accountability measures for the economic woes of the people. So, finally through more opposition, the wall is finished. Chapter 6:15, a key verse in this book, "So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, that's in October, in 52 days." And it happened, when all our enemies heard of it and all the nations around us saw these things they were very disheartened in their own eyes for they perceived that this work was done by God. Chapter 7 identifies the leaders, a list of the citizens are also there for the different land allotments. So that's the first part of the book, Chapters 1 through 7, rebuilding a city's protection. The second part 8, 9, 10 is that revival or revitalization of a city's passion that is worship. I would call Chapter 8, 9, and 10, I am going to give it another title, ready, 'The People, the Bible and a Water Gate Revival'. That sums up these Chapters. The people gather, they bring out the word of God, the People, the Bible, they are at the Water Gate; not the 1974 Watergate Hotel scandal with Richard Nixon. This is a different Water Gate; this is a real gate of a city next to the water supply. The People, the Bible and a Water Gate Revival, and these people have now finished the construction, that's done. Now it's time for consecration. Ezra enters the scene now. He has already been there, as I mentioned. 14 years, he is the spiritual leader, Verse 1 of Chapter 8, "Now all of the people gather together as one man in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate. And they told Ezra, the scribe to bring the book of the Law of Moses which the Lord had commanded Israel." Now some of you in a few months are going to be walking through the streets of Jerusalem. So just remember in your mind Water Gate and when you are there, ask, where is that Water Gate? We can show you the area. There was one source of water that Jerusalem had in those days called the Gihon Spring, right there in the Kidron Valley. And that was at the very lower portion, the Southeast section of Jerusalem in the Kidron Valley, opposite the Mount of Olives. There at the Gihon Spring, is where the Water Gate was built. So, water could be carried into the city. "So Ezra", Verse 2, "the priest brought the law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month." First day of the seventh month, the month is Tisri, the first day is New Years, Jewish New Years. It is Rosh Hashanah and he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday. Now just think about that. They gathered together, let's call it a church. It's a Bible study time. The guy reads the book for a few hours, it's not like, honey, Ezra is already been going 45 minutes, I think he's done now. He goes on and on and on, all day long from morning till midday. Before the men and women and those who could understand and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the Law, probably a six-hour worship service. Verse 8: "So they read distinctly from the book in the Law of God and gave the sense and helped them to understand the reading." Here is the model for expository preaching. You read the words of the Bible, you explain the sense of it, you go to the next, you read that portion of the Bible, you give the explanation or the sense, that's expository preaching, that's what these priests along with Ezra did. "And Nehemiah who was the Governor, Ezra the priest and the scribe and the Levites who taught the people, said to all of the people, "This day is holy to the Lord, your God, do not mourn nor weep." For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law." "And he said to them, "Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord, do not sorrow for the joy of the Lord is your strength." Now what's happening here? Well, here is what's happening. As Ezra is reading the law, the first five books of Moses, right, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. By the time, he gets to Deuteronomy, right around Chapter 28, Chapter 29, Chapter 30. As he reads the blessings, if you obey you will get blessed here, if you obey you will get blessed there and then he reached the cursing, if you disobey, if you turn away, if you walk away from the law, here is the curses that will happen. As they heard that they realized how far they have fallen. They are under conviction, the Bible convicts them, and they get really sad, but it's Rosh Hashanah, it's New Year, it's the time they should be in full celebration. So that's why, he says, "Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, for this day is holy to the Lord our God, do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." What I want you to keep in mind before we move on and finish up the book is the effect of the simple teaching of the Word of God. Even the reading of the Bible can be enough to bring revival, in fact, there has never been a true revival in the history of the world apart from the Word of God. It's what revived under Josiah, the King of Judah. It's what revives here during the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, in the sixteenth century; the reformation was the revitalization of the Word of God, as people were reading it once again. I was in India one time and a man sent to his friend, he wanted to say we are having a revival, but you know the accent in India is very different. He said it, and so I could hear it and it was in English but he said, we are having a Re:Bible. And I thought, yes, a Re:Bible, bring the Bible back, and when you will have a Re:Bible, you will have a revival. And they have a Re:Bible out there at the Water Gate, and when the people hear the Bible, there is revival in their hearts. Chapter 9:1, "On the twenty-fourth day of this month", and the people are still sensitive twenty-four days later, "the children of Israel were assembled with fasting in sackcloth", that's from morning "with dust on their heads", as a sign of distress "than those of Israelite lineage separated themselves from all the foreigners and they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers." "And they stood in their place and read from the book of the law of the Lord, their God for one-fourth of the day and for another fourth, they confessed and worshiped the Lord, their God." So three hours they are reading the scripture, three hours they are confessing their sins and worshiping. They are declaring their dependence. This is a declaration of dependence upon God. Now Chapter 9:6-38 just glance at it. That is the longest prayer recorded in Scripture. It is Ezra's prayer, the longest prayer recorded in the Bible is his prayer and we are not going to go through it. But as I read through it, what stuck out my mind is how much Ezra had studied the scripture and it was based upon what he knew of their history in the Bible, because there are quotes from Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, all the way through, this guy had a grasp on that Biblical History and it's reflected in his prayer. Here is what I am getting at. "I hope, I pray, I trust, that you are developing an appetite for Biblical Truth, an appetite for Biblical Knowledge that you hunger and thirst after, that you might be filled with it." Like Jeremiah who said, "Your words were found and I ate them, and they were the joy and the rejoicing of my heart." You know it's great, every time I am having the opportunity to give a Bible study here and I say turn to in your Bibles you hear that -- you here the Bible, the pages it's like, I have told you before, I would like to record it. It sounds so good. I have been in churches before where I was the only person in that church with a Bible, the only person. The pastor was quoting from the Bible, nobody brought their Bible, I opened it and was following along, but they had been so trained and conditioned to not look at the Bible. One of the reasons we want you to bring your Bible, one of the reasons we could but we don't project the words up on the screen of the Bible is because we want you to look at it in your own copy of the bible so you know where it is. So, next time you are going through a trial and you go where is that Verse? Well, I think it's in that book and I know it's on the right-hand side of the page, about midway down, you become familiar with it. That's how it works. If you just see words on the screen, you will never know where it is in your own copy, so bring a Bible, read it everyday and see the words for yourself. Now Chapter 10 is a list of 84 names. I am not going to read them. Beginning with Nehemiah, includes priests, Levites, leaders, those who were affected by Ezra's great words in his great ministry of reading the law and now they commit together to obey it. So Chapter 10:29, these, all those names that I am not going to read, have fun with them, "They joined with their brethren, their nobles and entered into a curse and an oath to walk in God's law, which is given by Moses, the servant of God and to observe and to do all the commandments of the Lord, our God and His ordinances and His statutes." It brings us to the third and final section, 11 through 13. This is the resettling of a cities population. Okay, here is what's happening. A massive relocation program will happen in these chapters. There is a problem. There is a problem with Jerusalem. Okay, the wall is up, the temple is up, they are safe, but here is a problem. There are more people living outside the City of Jerusalem, in little towns around Judah, than living inside Jerusalem. So it's like the huge ghost town. Hey! We built this cool city, nobody is here. So what Nehemiah asked people to do, get this, is to tie the people, not money, people. One out of every ten people, probably by lot has to move from their little town around Judah and go into the City of Jerusalem to revitalize that town, a mass relocation. Verse 1, Chapter 11, "Now the leaders of the people dwelt at Jerusalem and the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to dwell in Jerusalem, the holy city, and nine-tenths were to dwell in other cities." So Chapter 11 lists those families inside and outside, Chapter 12, the priest and the Levites who returned. Now, what we have been waiting for the whole book, the dedication service, they consecrated all to the Lord, it's the great hoedown of Nehemiah. And the emphasis of this dedication is joyful praise. Now think about those two words that I just said, 'joyful praise'. I love it when I see God's people engaged in joyful praise. They love Him and they are not afraid to tell Him that they love Him. And they are not afraid of the person sitting next to them, who sees them love Him, they don't care. It's joyful praise. In this section singing is mentioned eight times, Thanksgiving will be mentioned six times, rejoicing seven times and musical instruments will be mentioned three times. Chapter 12:27, "Now at the dedication of the wall of the Jerusalem, they sought out the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to celebrate the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgiving and singing with symbols and stringed instruments and harps." Verse 43" "Also that day they offered great scarifies and rejoiced for God had made them rejoice with great joy. The women and the children also rejoiced; so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard far off." They would read the songs, that's how they are worshiped in Israel, at first came about. They would read the songs of David or Isaiah. And as the songs were being read or chanted and usually chanted antiphonally, in other words, one group would sing a part, the other group would sing the other part. There was a group of musicians who would accompany them with music, in fact, the idea of a song is a poem set to music and so they worship with great joy. Loud, they were loud. It was heard of far off. What's that noise, oh, it's that church over there in Jerusalem, making all that noise, joyful praise. Listen to what Martin Luther writes about joyful praise, he said, "Next to Theology I give to music the highest place and honor." He called music the 'handmaiden of theology', and second only to Theology. Also he said this, words of Martin Luther, "How has it happened that in the secular field there are so many fine poems and beautiful songs while in the religious field, we have such rotten, lifeless stuff." I imagine, when he said that, he was controversial and he said this, "If any man despises music, as all fanatics do, for him I have no liking, for music is a gift and a grace of God not the invention of man. Thus it drives out the devil and makes people cheerful. Then one forgets all wrath, impurity and other devices." Well, it's as if Martin Luther was there the day they had this dedication because that it epitomized what he just said. Joyful praise unto God what He had done. Now the last chapter is divided into the three sections and basically Nehemiah takes care of three problems. Problem number one, supporting the Levites, they had not been adequately supported by the people as the Bible required. Number two, the Sabbath was being broken. They were selling stuff, moving stuff in and out on the Sabbath. And number three, there was an intermarriage problem with the Heathen of the land. All three of those were taken care of and those Verses to note, Verse 14, 22, and 31 and all of them is a prayer. He takes care of the problem and he says, remember me O Lord for doing this and remember me O Lord for doing that and then remember me O Lord for doing the third thing and that's the Book of Nehemiah. Now if you were to stand on the Mount of Olives and look right over at City of Jerusalem, Mount Zion, The Temple Mount, it's still there today, the outline of the great temple courtyard from the time of Herod the Great. And you stand on the Mount of Olives and just to imagine as you look over that city, what happened there in the history, what will happen there in the future, and you realize the center, the epicenter of God's program is taking place, has taken place, and will take place there in Jerusalem. Let me sum it up for you this way. The City of Jerusalem is the geographic center of the earth Biblically. Once again, Jerusalem is the geographic center of the earth Biblically. I grew up, seeing maps of the world and right on the center of the map was the United States of America, of course. We draw the map, we are on the center, not Biblically. Jerusalem is the geographic center of the earth Biblically. How do I know this? Ezekiel Chapter 5, God says, "Look I have set Jerusalem in the midst, in the middle of the nations all around." More than that -- Oh, by the way, in the Bible, when it says, North, South, East and West, it's all relative to one city, Jerusalem, everything relative to that. That's the foundation pin. So it's the geographic center of the world, of the earth Biblically. Number two Jerusalem is the salvation center of the earth spiritually. The only place for the salvation of mankind that was ever purchased is right outside the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem, the only place. Jesus said to women of Samaria, we know what we worship for salvation is of the Jews, of the Jews. You don't get salvation by believing in any religion, or figure, or city, of system, but the Christ who died at the City of Jerusalem. Number three, Jerusalem is the prophetic center of the earth, or better put, the storm center of the earth prophetically. Every politician still knows that what happens in Israel, what happens in Jerusalem is monumental. China, yup that's important, they are gaining economically, but what happens in Jerusalem is of utmost importance. And the Bible predicts that the nations of the earth will gather against Jerusalem in the end times. But Jerusalem is the glory center of the earth ultimately. Whatever you hear on the news, whatever problems are going on in that part of the world, know that it's not going to always be that way and if you think, yeah it's right, we have got to elect the right person and they will fix all the mess over there. Well, if you believe that, see me in four years. I want to have a long talk with you, about where to put your trust, because no one is going to fix that mess in the Middle East, no one except one person, the Prince of Peace. There will only be peace in the Middle East; and I am not just saying that facetiously because it sounds like a cool thing to say, it ain't going to happen, you will never see peace and if you see a peace contract, it won't last very long. A lot of them were signed, broken, signed, broken, broken, broken, signed, broken for generations, but ultimately, it will be the glory center. I close with what Isaiah the Prophet said, "It shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house", the very place Ezra, Zerubbabel, and Nehemiah went to rebuilt, "shall be established in the top of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills and all the nations shall flow into it." "And many people shall go and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, and He will teach us His ways and we will walk in His paths." For out of Zion shall go forth the law and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem." That's the future. That's the future. Heavenly Father! Thank you for letting us see in a glimpse a great city, a city that every Jew scattered throughout the world thousands of years ago, understood that place is the place where God said He would cause His name to dwell in. That place is the place the Father said, He prefers above all the dwelling places anywhere. And then we remember the Psalm said, "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning." "If I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not prefer Jerusalem above my chief joy." We are also told to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and we do that just now. We pray for its peace. We pray You would give leaders wisdom around that region. We pray that You would give wisdom to world leaders and those who are helping to formulate a plan but Lord in praying for the peace of Jerusalem, we know that ultimately we are praying for the return of Christ, for whom the Bible says, "Will bring peace ultimately to that land." And when He does, when He rules from that city upon the earth, there will be peace not only in Jerusalem but everywhere. And so Lord, we wait and we say even so come quickly Lord Jesus. We anticipate Your return. Until then Lord, help us live lives dedicated and consecrated to you as Nehemiah and Ezra were telling the people to do. I pray that we build up the walls of our lives, secure the gates, and return us Lord, revive in us a holy passion of joyful praise in Jesus' name. Amen!

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7/11/2007
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Destination: Genesis 1-11
Genesis 1-11
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We begin The Bible from 30,000 Feet with a tour of Genesis Chapters 1-11. On this flight we'll travel all the way back to the very beginning - The Creation. We'll meet the first man and woman and their deceiver - the Serpent. We'll fly over God's new creation and meet a man named Noah, who God saved from His judgment - the Flood. We'll also take a look at "beginnings," the first time things are mentioned in the Bible a special significance should be given to them. The word Genesis itself is a Greek word that means "origin," the book describes the origins of creation.
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7/18/2007
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Destination: Genesis 12-50
Genesis 12-50
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This week's flight is going to take us over the second section of Genesis, which is biographical in nature and focuses on the lives of four key people. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. We'll travel through the time era known as the Age of the Patriarchs. If you look at your window, we'll be passing over Canaan and Egypt, Canaan is modern day Israel.
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7/25/2007
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Destination: Exodus 1-18
Exodus 1-18
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In our third tour, we'll be visiting the book of Exodus chapters 1-18. We'll get an overview of the central historical event contained in the book, the redemption of God's people from the bondage of Egypt. The setting for our journey is the nation of Egypt and Israel's wanderings through the wilderness. For this flight the key chapters to review in advance are: Exodus: 1, 2, 3, 5, 11, 12 and 14.
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8/1/2007
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Destination: Exodus 19-40
Exodus 19-40
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In our fourth tour, we'll again visit the book of Exodus, visiting chapters 19-40. The setting for this week's journey is the Sinai Peninsula where God reveals the Ten Commandments to the nation of Israel and gives specific instructions on how He is to be worshiped. For this flight the key chapters to review in advance are: Exodus: 20, 25, 26, 27, 29 and 32.
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8/8/2007
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Destination: Leviticus 1-17
Leviticus 1-17
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In our fifth flight from 30,000 Feet, we fly over the first seventeen chapters of the book of Leviticus. This is a book on worship and describes the worship life of the nation of Israel. In this first tour of Leviticus, we'll see how the first part of the book focuses on the way to God through sacrifice and lays down the law - literally - on how man was designed to live and how man can be atoned for his sins. The key chapters to review in advance are: Leviticus: 1-5, 10, 16, 17.
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8/15/2007
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Destination: Leviticus 18-27
Leviticus 18-27
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This week's study will take us through Leviticus chapters 18-27. The theme of Leviticus could be summed up in one word - holiness. The second section of Leviticus focuses on our walk with God through sanctification. Sanctification is the process by which we become holy or set apart for God's purposes. The key chapters to review in advance are: Leviticus 18-20, 22, 23, and 25.
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8/22/2007
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Destination: Numbers 1-14
Numbers 1-14
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Our seventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us through Numbers chapters 1-14. Numbers is the fourth of the Pentateuch. In the Hebrew it is called ba-midbar, "in the wilderness." In the Septuagint version it is called Arithmoi or "numbers," and this name is now the usual title of the book. It is so called because it contains a record of the numbering of the people in the wilderness of Sinai (1-4), and of their numbering afterwards on the plain of Moab (26). The key chapters to review in advance are: Numbers 3, 6, 9, 11, 13 & 14.
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8/29/2007
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Destination: Numbers 15-36
Numbers 15-36
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In our eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet Pastor Skip will give us a tour of Numbers chapters 15-36. We'll see that the second section of Numbers covers the failure of one generation to enter the Promised Land and the reorganization of a new generation that enters into the Promised Land. Key chapters for this flight are: 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, and 27.
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9/5/2007
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Destination: Deuteronomy 1-34
Deuteronomy 1-34
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In our ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us on a tour through the entire book of Deuteronomy. The Hebrews called it "Elleh Haddevarim," "These are the Words," or "Devarim," (words). Deuteronomy can be organized around three messages given by Moses while the Israelites were on the plains east of the Jordan River. It occurs after the 40 years of wandering and the Israelites are now ready to enter the Promised Land. The key word of this book is covenant and speaks of the special relationship that God has established with His people. Key chapters for this flight are: 6, 7, 31, 32, 33 and 34.
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9/12/2007
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Destination: Joshua 1-12
Joshua 1-12
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Pastor Skip Heitzig will be our tour guide during our tenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This week's journey will take us through Joshua 1-12. We'll get to know Joshua, son of Nun, who shared in all the events of the Exodus, and held the place of commander of the host of the Israelites. The book of Joshua describes Israel's conquest of Canaan and the first section describe how Joshua conquered the land. Key chapters for this flight are: Joshua 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 and 10.
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9/26/2007
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Destination: Joshua 13-24
Joshua 13-24
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In our eleventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will give us a tour of the Promised Land. We will see how Joshua divides the land "as an inheritance to Israel," and we'll see different tribes and where they settle, both in and out of the Promised Land. Key chapters for this flight are: Joshua 13 and 20-24.
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10/3/2007
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Destination: Judges 1-10
Judges 1-10
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In our twelfth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will once again be our tour guide as we take our first look at the book of Judges. We'll see on this tour how the nation of Israel is caught in the cycle of sin and how each cycle results in ever worsening conditions for them. We'll meet some of the characters that God divinely appointed to the office of Judge. The key chapters to review for this flight are Judges 1–3 and 6–8.
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10/10/2007
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Destination: Judges 11-21
Judges 11-21
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Flight thirteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over Judges chapters 11-21. Pastor Skip Heitzig will guide us as we complete this overview of Judges. We will see that the second part of Judges shows the fragile nature of these Judges and a people who, "did what was right in their own eyes," that kept them in their sin cycle.
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10/24/2007
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Destination: Ruth 1-4
Ruth 1-4
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In our fourteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip Heitzig will give us a tour of the little romantic book of Ruth. We'll see how the book of Ruth shows the godly courage and love of two very different women from very different backgrounds. We'll meet some amazing characters on this flight who become key people in the genealogy of Jesus Christ.
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Destination: 1 Samuel 1-15
1 Samuel 1-15
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The fifteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us on journey through 1 Samuel chapters 1-15. Join our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig for this exciting tour on which we'll meet a man who would be become King. This man's good looks, physical size and success in war made him an obvious choice from a human perspective, but the book of 1 Samuel highlights his tragic flaw - he disobeyed God's commands. From the ashes of Saul's tragedy God raises up another man who would become King, a man after His own heart, King David. The key chapters to review are 1-3, 8-10 and 15.
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11/14/2007
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Destination: 1 Samuel 16-31
1 Samuel 16-31
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Get your travel planner out for flight sixteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This week our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will complete our tour of the book of 1 Samuel, covering chapters 16-31. On this flight we'll meet the man who God calls, "a man after my own heart (Acts 13:22)," David son of Jesse. We'll see David as a young shepherd boy who defeats Goliath and rises to national prominence overnight. His instant popularity arouses the jealousy of King Saul and forces David into hiding.
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11/21/2007
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Destination: 2 Samuel 1-10
2 Samuel 1-10
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Flight Seventeen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over 2 Samuel chapters 1-10. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will show us David's triumphs as King over Israel, after the death of Saul. Join us as we see how David's faith in God leads him to be victorious politically and militarily as one by one he defeats his enemies. We will also see how David's obedience leads to a new promise from God. The key chapters to review for this flight are 1-3, 5, 7 and 9.
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12/5/2007
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Destination: 2 Samuel 11-24
2 Samuel 11-24
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In our eighteenth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us to our next destination, 2 Samuel 11-24. On this flight we'll see David's transgressions and the troubles that resulted from them. By presenting both the strengths and weaknesses of David, we see a complete picture of a very real person who was described as being "a man after God's own heart." The key chapters to review are 2 Samuel 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 23, and 24.
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1/9/2008
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Destination: 1 Kings 1-22
1 Kings 1-22
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Get your travel planner out for flight nineteen over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over 1 Kings 1-22. On this flight we will see the transition that Israel undertakes as it moves from the rule of King David to the rule of his son King Solomon after his death. After Solomon turns from the Lord, we will see how Israel is divided and moved in and out of the power of many kings such as Ahab, Jehoshaphat, and Ahaziah. These chapters will reveal a story of true loyalty and disobedience to God. The key chapters to review are 1 Kings 1-3, 6, 8, 11, 12, 18, and 19.
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Destination: 2 Kings 1-25
2 Kings 1-25
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Flight twenty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of 2 Kings. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will continue to lead us through the history of the divided nation of Israel, and how in spite of the many kings who took control of the land, we will still see a nation without true leadership. As we soar over this book, we will see first how Israel comes into captivity by Assyria, and then the triumph of Babylon over Judah. The key chapters to review are 2 Kings 1-4, and 18-21.
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1/23/2008
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Destination: 1 Chronicles 1-29
1 Chronicles 1-29
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-one over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the book of 1 Chronicles. On this flight we look back once again at God's promise that He would establish His reign on earth through King David. Chapters 1-9 of 1 Chronicles will look in-depth at the the royal line of David and then we will see again the reign of David in chapters 10-29. Join us as we fly at an altitude of 30,000 feet and see how God fulfilled His promises to David and how that presents a witness of His faithfulness to us as well. The key chapters to review are 1 Chronicles 17-18, 21-22, 25, and 28-29
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1/30/2008
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Destination: 2 Chronicles 1-36
2 Chronicles 1-36
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Get ready for our twenty-second departure for the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip Heitzig will take us soaring over the entire book of 2 Chronicles to see the beginning of the reign of King Solomon all the way to the spiritual roller coaster after Solomon's death and the separation of the kingdoms. From the building of the temple (2 Chronicles 1-9), to the decline of the temple (2 Chronicles 10-36:16), to the destruction of the temple (2 Chronicles 36:17-23), we see a parallel to 1 and 2 Kings from a spiritual viewpoint. The key chapters to review are 2 Chronicles 17-20, and 29-32.
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2/6/2008
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Destination: Ezra 1-10
Ezra 1-10
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Flight twenty-three over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of Ezra. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will point out two very important sections of this book; the restoration of the temple (chapters 1-6), and the reformation of the people (chapters 7-10). This book will continue the narrative of 2 Chronicles by showing God's faithfulness to keep His promises by returning His people to their homeland. The key chapters to review are Ezra 1-10.
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2/27/2008
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Destination: Esther 1-10
Esther 1-10
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-five over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the book of Esther. The flight will be divided into two highly important sections: the threat to the Jews (chapters 1-4), in which we will see Haman's attempt to completely eradicate the Jewish people from Persia, and the triumph of the Jews (chapters 5-10), where we will see a young girl's godly strength and fight to save her people. This flight will show us a whole new set of villains, heroes, and ultimately the ever abounding faithfulness of God towards those who follow Him. The key chapters to review are Esther 1-10.
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3/5/2008
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Destination: Job 1-42
Job 1-42
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Our twenty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet takes us over the entire book of Job, the first book in the section of poetical books. This is a powerful story of a man who has everything taken from him; his health, wealth, and even his beloved family. Yet as we see God allowing Satan to test Job, God's faithfulness to those he loves is clear and Job's steadfast faith prevails. Join us this week as we see Job's dilemma (ch.1-2), the debate with his four friends (ch. 3-37), and his final deliverance (ch. 38-42). The key chapters to review are Job1-4, 8,11-12, and 29.
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3/12/2008
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Destination: Psalms 1-72
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Get your travel planner out for flight twenty-seven over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over Psalms 1-72. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us through the first seventy-two chapters of Psalms, which is divided into five books of songs, prayers, and poetry. Join us as we look at the deepest thoughts and emotions on the love and power of God. The key chapters to review are Psalms 1, 14, 23, 40, and 63.
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3/19/2008
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Destination: Psalms 73-150
Psalms 73-150
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Get ready for our twenty-eighth departure of the Bible from 30,000 Feet. We will fly at cruising altitude over the last three books in Psalms as we read through chapters 73-150. We will see beautiful writings of gladness and grief, pleading and prayers, and reverence and worship. Join us as we look at the deepest thoughts and emotions on the love and power of God. The key chapters to review are Psalms 119, and 146-150.
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Destination: Proverbs 1-31
Proverbs 1-31
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Flight twenty-nine over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the entire book of Proverbs. Known for the wisdom it contains, Proverbs reveals to us how to deal with every day situations; be it love and lust, life and death, friends and enemies, and what our God loves and hates. On this flight, Pastor Skip will point out some of the most noted chapters and verses of one of the most read books of the Old Testament. The key chapters to review are Proverbs 1-2, 5, 14, 22, and 31.
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4/23/2008
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Destination: Ecclesiastes 1-12
Ecclesiastes 1-12
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Join us as we continue The Bible From 30,000 Feet, taking our thirtieth flight high above the book of Ecclesiastes. This book reveals some startling truths about how King Solomon felt about finding meaning and fulfillment in life through the things of this world, and ultimately his conclusion that "all is vanity" in a life lived without God. The key chapters to review are 1-3, 5, 8, and 12.
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4/30/2008
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Destination: Song of Solomon 1-8
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-one over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over Song of Solomon. This poetic book gives us a glimpse into the true love that Solomon has for a shepherdess, and the love and fulfillment they share in a marriage relationship. At an altitude of 30,000 feet we will be able to see the strong tie into the fulfillment and joy seen in the love of God for His people. The key chapters to review are Song of Solomon 1-8.
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Destination: Isaiah 1-39
Isaiah 1-39
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Our thirty-second flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet will take us soaring over the entire book of Isaiah. Thought to be the greatest of all the Prophets of the Old Testament, Isaiah's ministry lasted around fifty years, and his prophecies are quoted in the New Testament more often than any other Prophet. This book shows us a mix of both prophecies of condemnation (chapters 1-39), as well as prophecies of comfort (chapters 40-66). The key chapters to review are Isaiah 1-2, 6, 40, 52-53, and 55.
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Destination: Isaiah 40-66
Isaiah 40-66
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In our thirty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a flight high above the Bible to look at the second half of Isaiah. As we look through chapters 40-66, we will see the continued work of Isaiah, and how God used his gift of prophecy, both comforting and condemning, to generate change in the individuals he encountered. The key chapters to review are Isaiah 40, 52-53, and 55.
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Destination: Jeremiah 1-52
Jeremiah 1-52
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-four over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, as we soar over the entire book of Jeremiah. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us at an altitude of 30,000 feet to see the three writings of the book of Jeremiah. From the warning of judgment, to the promise of restoration, and finally the protective hand of God over those He loves, we will catch a glimpse of a man who openly allowed God to speak through him in unusual and sometimes bizarre ways to open the eyes of the people of Israel. The key chapters to review are Jeremiah 13, 18-20, 25, 31, and 52.
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Destination: Lamentations 1-5
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Get your travel planner out for flight thirty-five over the Bible From 30,000 Feet. On this departure, we will look once again at Jeremiah in the book of Lamentations. We will learn why Jeremiah is referred to as "the weeping prophet," as we see him lament over the destruction of Jerusalem. This poetic book begins by revealing a man who is distressed for a nation under the consequences of its own sin, and ends with a prayer for the restoration of the nation from captivity. The key chapters to review are Lamentations 1-5.
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Destination: Ezekiel 1-48
Ezekiel 1-48
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In our thirty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a flight high above the Bible to look at the book of Ezekiel. We will witness prophecies we've seen in past books being fulfilled as we see Jerusalem at the time of the Second Babylonian Deportation. As Ezekiel the Priest is deported alongside his people, we see God continue to offer promises of restoration through him, bringing the people a sense of hope in spite of their current tribulations. The key chapters to review are Ezekiel 1-3, 7, 33-34, and 38-39.
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Destination: Daniel 1-6
Daniel 1-6
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Flight thirty-seven over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us on a tour of Daniel 1-6. In these chapters, we will see the first of the deportations of the Israelites to Babylon, and witness both the prophetic history of the book, as well as the four prophetic visions of Daniel. Ultimately, the powerful stories in Daniel reveal a man of God; unwilling to compromise and full of faith. The key chapters to review are Daniel 1-2.
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Destination: Daniel 7-12
Daniel 7-12
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Our thirty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us through the second part of Daniel. As we look at chapters 7-12, we will see the four prophetic visions of Daniel, and observe how his faith in God's fulfillment of prophecies led him to fervent prayer for the people of Israel. The key chapters to review are Daniel 9-12.
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Destination: Hosea 1-14
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Get your travel planner out and place your heart in the upright position for our thirty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the entire book of Hosea, a man called to prophesy to the Northern Kingdom of Israel during the reign of King Jeroboam. As Hosea addresses the sins of the nation, we will see how God used the graphic parallel between his adulterous wife and the unfaithfulness of Israel. The key chapters to review are Hosea 1-4, 6, 9, and 11.
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Destination: Joel; Amos; Obadiah
Joel 1-3; Amos 1-9; Obadiah
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Get ready for flight forty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will take us soaring over Joel, Amos, and Obadiah. In these three books, we take a look at the strong warnings that God gives His people against greed, injustice, false worship, and self-righteousness. We'll see God's use of these ordinary men to give extraordinary messages; we'll witness His patience, and at the end, we'll see how He stands ready to forgive and restore all who turn away from their sin. The key chapters to review are Joel 1-3, Amos 1, 3 and 7, and Obadiah 1.
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Destination: Jonah 1-4
Jonah 1-4
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Our forty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet will take us to the well known book of Jonah. In this book, we will see what God can do in the life of a prophet, even one who is blatantly disobedient. Despite Jonah's defiance, God strongly redirects his path and brings him to repentance through a very unique situation. By the end of the book, we will see Jonah right back where he started and bringing God glory by doing exactly what He had originally asked of him. The key chapters to review are Jonah 1-4.
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Destination: Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk
Micah; Nahum; Habakkuk
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Get your travel planner out and place your heart in the upright position for our forty-second flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the books of Micah, Nahum, and Habakkuk, three prophets used by God to criticize, comfort, and encourage the people of Judah. Through these prophets, God's people confess their sins and are confident in the salvation of God's mighty acts. The key chapters to review are Micah 1-7, Nahum 1-3, and Habakkuk 1-3.
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Destination: Zephaniah & Haggai
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Prepare yourself for our forty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. This flight will take us soaring over the entirety of both Zephaniah and Haggai. The two books cover five chapters which speak of the coming Day of the Lord, His wrath upon Judah and her neighbors, and an encouragement after their return from exile to rejoice and rebuild the Temple. The key chapters to review are Zephaniah 1-3 and Haggai 1-2.
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Destination: Zechariah and Malachi
Zechariah; Malachi
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We are about to take our forty-forth flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet, journeying over the final two books of the Old Testament. In ending the Minor Prophets, we'll first look at the expanded message of rebuilding the temple as Zechariah encourages the people to look to the future reign of the Messiah. We will then speed forward 100 years after the temple was rebuilt to the book of Malachi, where God's chosen people had once again slid back into their sinful practices. After 400 years of prophetic silence, Malachi brings a message of exhortation to the people who had resettled in Jerusalem. The key chapters to review are Zechariah 9-14 and Malachi 1-4.
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Destination: Matthew, Mark, and Luke
Matthew, Mark; Luke
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Get your travel planner out for our opening tour of the New Testament and flight forty-five of the Bible from 30,000 Feet! This flight will take us on a sky-high tour over the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke. These three synoptic gospels give us our first glimpses of Jesus' life and death here on earth. We'll see the service, sermons, sacrifices, and sovereignty of our King as we witness the fulfillment of many of the Old Testament prophecies we have previously studied. The key chapters to review are Matthew 1-5 and 17, Mark, and Luke.
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Destination: John
John
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Get your travel planner out for our forty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour through the book of John, written by the Apostle John from Ephesus between A.D. 80-90. The spiritual depth of this book and its presentation of the incarnation through the God-man Jesus Christ sets it apart from the other gospels.
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Destination: Acts
Acts
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On our forty-seventh flight over the Bible from 30,000 feet Pastor Skip will give a tour of the entire book of Acts. Acts is the history of how Christianity was founded and organized and solved its problems. The gospel writer Luke tells the story of how the community of believers began by faith in the risen Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit, the promised Counselor and Guide, who enabled them to witness, to love, and to serve.
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Destination: Romans
Romans
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We are about to take our forty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Join us as we soar over the entire book of Romans, Paul's letter to the church in Rome. This letter primarily focuses on the basic gospel message along with God's plan of salvation and righteousness for all humankind, Jew and Gentile alike. In our broad overview, we'll take a look at Paul's strong emphasis of Christian doctrine and his concern for Israel. The key chapters to review are 1, 3, 4, and 9-11.
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Destination: 1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians
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Get your travel planner out for our forty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet! As we look at 1 Corinthians, we'll see Paul's letters to the church at Corinth. His letters to the influential church confront their "religious" and arrogant mindsets and defend his ability to be an apostle of Christ. Through God's grace and use of Paul, he is later able to rejoice over the turnaround and acceptance of his God-given authority. The key chapters to review are 1 Corinthians 2-3 & 12-13.
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Destination: 2 Corinthians
2 Corinthians
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Our fiftieth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet takes us on a flight over the second of Paul's letters to the church at Corinth. Between 1 & 2 Corinthians, the congregation was influenced by false teachers who spread opposition to Paul. Through God's grace and use of Paul, he is later able to rejoice over the repentance of the people to God and acceptance of his God-given authority. The key chapters to review are 2 Corinthians 4 & 12.
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10/22/2008
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Destination: Galatians
Galatians
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Get your travel planner out for our fifty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour through the book of Galatians, a clear letter to the church in Galatia about the importance of remembering grace through faith and not the law. Paul's forceful letter addresses issues of legalism in the church and the false gospel of works. The key chapters to review are Galatians 1-6.
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11/5/2008
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Destination: Ephesians
Ephesians
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Who are we in Christ? Grab your travel planner for flight fifty-two as we look at the book of Ephesians, Paul's letter to the church in Ephesus. In this book, Paul explains how we are the bride of Christ, a temple, and a soldier for the gospel. The unity that Paul emphasizes is described as a body working together for a common goal. The key chapters to review are Ephesians 1-6.
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11/19/2008
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Destination: Philippians
Philippians
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In our fifty-third flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us through the book of Philippians, another of Paul's letters to the church. Referred to as "the epistle of joy," the message contained in these pages is one of long suffering and joy in the midst of Paul's time in prison. Despite his trials, we will see Paul rejoice over the church in Philippi and encourage them in unity, humility, and prayer. The key chapters to review are Philippians 1-4.
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1/7/2009
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Destination: Colossians
Colossians
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Get your travel planner out for our fifty-fourth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet! On this flight, we will take a look at the young church in Colosse, and how they became the target of a heretical attack. The main theme in the book of Colossians is the complete adequacy of Christ as contrasted with the emptiness of mere human philosophy. The key chapters to review are Colossians 1-4.
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1/14/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Thessalonians
1 Thessalonians 1-5;2 Thessalonians 1-3:18
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In our fifty-fifth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Both books are written as an encouragement to the church in Thessalonica, exhorting them in the word, warning them against pagan immorality, and urging them to remain steadfast in the truth of the Lord. The key chapters to review are 1 Thessalonians 1-5 and 2 Thessalonians 1-3.
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1/21/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Timothy
1 Timothy 1-6;2 Timothy 1-4:22
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Join us on a tour over the books of 1 & 2 Timothy as we take our fifty-sixth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. These loving letters to Timothy, a young pastor in Ephesus, reveal Paul's true love for his brother in Christ and desire to encourage him in the Word and warn against false teachings. In these letters, Paul exhorts Timothy to stand strong and "preach the word" (2 Timothy 4:2). The key chapters to review are 1 Timothy 1-6 and 2 Timothy 1-4.
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1/28/2009
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Destination: Titus and Philemon
Titus 1-3:15;Philemon 1:1-25
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Get your travel planner out for flight fifty-seven of the Bible from 30,000 Feet. On this flight, our tour guide Pastor Skip will take us through the books of Titus and Philemon. While the letter to Titus focuses on the importance of sound doctrine and the elements of the church order, Philemon takes a more personal approach and speaks on the application of the great principles of Christian brotherhood to social life. The key chapters to review are Titus 1-3 and Philemon 1.
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2/4/2009
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Destination: Hebrews
Hebrews
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In our fifty-eighth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, Pastor Skip will take us on a tour over the book of Hebrews. Although the author of the book is not fully known, this well written letter reveals a man with a great desire to encourage Jewish believers to continue in the grace of Jesus Christ, instead of trying to escape persecution by bowing to the rites and rituals of Judaism. The key chapters to review are Hebrews 1-2, 6, 11, and 13.
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2/11/2009
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Destination: James
James
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Our fifty-ninth flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will take us over the distinctive book of James. Although grace through faith in the cross was vital for Jewish believer to understand, James addresses the issue of faith without a consistent lifestyle. This epistle adamantly declares that, "Just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead, also." (James 2:26) The key chapters to review are James 1-5.
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2/18/2009
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Destination: 1 and 2 Peter
1 Peter 1-5; 2 Peter 1-3
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Get your travel planner out for flight sixty over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Our tour guide, Pastor Skip Heitzig, will take us on a tour of the books of 1 & 2 Peter. Peter's first letter to the church exhorts Christians to remain steadfast in their faith when under persecution, and his second letter tackles the issue of false teachers and a need for discernment against the spreading apostasy. Both books contain a level of warmth in Peter's expressions, making them a great source of encouragement. The key chapters to review are 1 Peter 1-5 and 2 Peter 1-3.
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2/25/2009
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Destination: 1 John
1 John
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In our sixty-first flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet, our tour guide Pastor Skip will take us through the book of 1 John. John writes to define and defend the nature of the person of Christ against heretical teachings affecting the early church. As John addresses the heretical teachings of the time, he also addresses the preeminence of God's love for us, and our duty to love others in return. The key chapters to review are 1 John 1-5.
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3/25/2009
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Destination: 2, 3 John and Jude
2 John, 3 John; Jude
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Flight sixty-two over the Bible from 30,000 Feet will give a sky high view over three small but concise books, 2 & 3 John and Jude. While all three books have a different primary focus, all are written with the purpose to encourage the church to keep a strong biblical foundation. This study will take us through the importance of biblical discernment, the need to be in fellowship with other believers, as well as the vital need to keep strong in the faith. The key chapters to review are 2 & 3 John, and Jude.
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4/1/2009
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Destination: Revelation 1-11
Revelation 1-11
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With only two more flights to go, we welcome you to get your travel planner ready for the first half of the book of Revelation and flight sixty-three over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. Considered to be one of the most powerful books in Scripture, Revelation is a direct vision from God, to John, which he was asked to record for future generations. Revelation 1:19, "Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later." As the final warning to the world of the tribulation to come, it also serves as a source of hope for the Church. The key chapters to review are 1-4, 7, and 11.
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4/8/2009
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Destination: Revelation 12-22
Revelation 12-22
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Flight sixty-four brings us to the end of the scriptures and the second and final part of the book of Revelation. Chapters 12-22 lead us into some of the most thrilling text in the entire Bible, giving us a glimpse into the seven bowl judgments, the Beast, and the future tribulation, but also bringing us great hope for God's Church. The key chapters to review are Revelation 12-14, 18, and 20-22.
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4/15/2009
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Bible from 30k Final Q&A
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We have landed our flight over the Bible from 30,000 Feet. As we touch down and head to pick up the final baggage from our 65 flight series, our last sky-high view of the scriptures will includes this final Q&A Celebration. Pastor Skip and others answer questions from the last year, as well as on the spot questions from the audience.
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There are 64 additional messages in this series.