In the first part of our series, we saw Nehemiah’s reaction to hearing the walls of Jerusalem were still torn down, and the inhabitants we not safe from foreign invaders. We looked yesterday at Nehemiah’s inspection of the wall, and we saw the first glimpse of his enemies, those who despised Israel. Today we look at having a mind to work, and the scheming of Nehemiah’s enemies, and what he did to prevent them from coming to fruition.
Yesterday we looked at Nehemiah’s call to action and his prayer when he heard of the state of the walls of Jerusalem. We saw how he responded, with fasting and prayer, and prepared himself to do what was needed. Today we see the result of Nehemiah’s fasting and prayer, how God blessed him, and we will see his first actions upon arriving at the Holy City Read more
As I have been doing my Bible readings each morning, I’ve been in the Book of Ezra. Hearing of the rebuilding of the Temple made me think of the wonderful story of Nehemiah and his plan to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. While the walls that stand today are not the same ones Nehemiah rebuilt, this event shows God’s faithfulness to those who are faithful to Him. (History tells us that there have been three or four subsequent destructions and rebuildings, culminating in the 1538 AD completion of the current walls by the Ottoman Empire)
This is the first of six-part series on Nehemiah and the Wall.
This is the final part of my series of A Just & Loving God. First we reconciled a just, yet loving God. Then we looked at why Jesus had to die on the cross. Then we took at look at the question “is Hell real?” and the natural response of who goes to Hell and who goes to Heaven. Now, we are going one step further as to why the true Christian goes to Heaven, and not Hell. Read more
We have seen how God reconciles being perfectly just and perfectly loving, by setting down the rules and punishments, and abiding by them, and providing a way for mercy in the rules. We have seen why Jesus had to die on the cross for our Sins, instead of God just letting us do whatever we want and going to Heaven anyway. We have also seen whether or not a literal place such as Hell exists. But then the question must arise, “Who goes to Heaven, and who goes to Hell?”
Matthew 7:13-23 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them. Read more