The book of Nehemiah is a lesson in prayer, sacrifice and tenacity. Nehemiah who is believed to be the author of the book himself gave up a responsible and wealthy position with the King of Persia in 445 B.C., in order to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem and rally the Jews as a nation. His work brought about intense opposition from powerful men round about, but Nehemiah overcame threatened attacks by taking wise defensive measures, disunity within by squarely facing the problem and by personal example -(see Chapters 4:1-5:19) and false accusations by insight and courage- (see Chapter 6:1-14).
When the wall was completed, he took steps to have the city fully inhabited-see chapter 6:15-7:73, but above all, he arranged for Ezra to read the Law so that the people could mould their lives by it – see chapter 8:1-18. He and the whole nation confessed and set their seal to a renewed covenant with God-see Chapter 9:1-10:39.
The people were brought into the city, arrangements were made for the worship, and the walls were dedicated-see chapters 11:1-12: 47. But as the years went by, the people kept declining from God’s idea and Nehemiah had to bring about fresh reforms even in the teeth of opposition. The book of Nehemiah shows the need for prayer and firmness in the work of God. Nehemiah’s prayer makes an excellent study.
THE OUTLINE OF THE BOOK OF NEHEMIAH NEHEMIAH’S PRAYER OVER JERUSALEM’S DISTRESS-CHAPTER 1:1-11
NEHEMIAH’S RETURN TO JERUSALEM AS GOVERNOR
PLAN TO REBUILD THE CITY WALL-CHAPTER 2;11-20.
THE BUILDERS OF THE WALL-CHAPTER 3:1-32
THREATS TO THE BUILDING-CHAPTER 4:1-6:14
Discouraging Sarcasms-Chapter 4:1-6
Enemy Attacks-Chapter 4:7-23
Disunity within -Chapter 5:1-19
False accusations-Chapter 6″1-14
Completion of the wall-Chapters 6:15-7:4
REGISTER OF THE RETURNED EXILES-CHAPTER 7:5-73.
THE READING AND THE EXPOSITION OF THE LAW-CHAPTER 8:1-8
A PRAYER OF REPENTANCE AND THE COVENANT OF OBEDIENCE – CHAPTER 9:1-10:39
REGISTER OF THE INHABITANTS OF JERUSALEM AND THE VILLAGES CHAPTERS 11:1-12:26
DEDICATION OF THE WALLS AND THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR WORSHIP-CHAPTER 12:27-47
NEHEMIAH’S REFORM-CHAPTER 13:1-31.