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Christ in All of Scripture – Nehemiah 1

 

Nehemiah 1:4-11

“As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. And I said, “O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father’s house have sinned. We have acted very corruptly against you and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, and the rules that you commanded your servant Moses.

Remember the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the peoples, but if you return to me and keep my commandments and do them, though your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there I will gather them and bring them to the place that I have chosen, to make my name dwell there.’ They are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power and by your strong hand. O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.”


As the book of Ezra closed, so Nehemiah opens: with the prayer of a godly intercessor. Nehemiah is the last in a progression of Old Testament leaders who in their faithfulness and their imperfection teach us to depend on God’s faithfulness, and who train us to look ahead to the true Intercessor who will represent God’s people perfectly before his Father.

Nehemiah knows God’s faithfulness in preserving a remnant and restoring them to Jerusalem, according to his promises (see note on Ezra 1:1–11). Yearning for his people, hearing of their city’s broken down wall, Nehemiah leads the third group of returning exiles 13 years after Ezra’s return. Before his action comes his prayer, which acknowledges a need for more than the physical protection of walls. His people need the faithful protection of their God.

Here and throughout the book, Nehemiah shows us how to pray: with reverence for such a great and awesome God (Neh. 1:5), knowledge of God’s Word, along with confession of disobedience to that Word (vv. 6–10) and requests for mercy (v. 11). His prayer addresses a covenant-keeping God of steadfast love (v. 5; see Ex. 34:6Deut. 7:9), a God who has “redeemed” his people (Neh. 1:10). Nehemiah is referring to God’s redemption of the Israelites from Egypt, but that rescue pictures the greater One to come, not through the blood of a sacrificed lamb but through the death and resurrection of Christ, “our Passover lamb” (1 Cor. 5:7). The word “servant” (Neh. 1:6, 8, 10, 11) emphasizes this people’s identity as belonging to this God, not to the earthly king Nehemiah serves. Addressing the Lord, Nehemiah calls the exiles “your people” (v. 10; seeEx. 6:7); they were chosen by God to receive his promises of blessing and to bear the seed of that blessing for all the peoples of the earth (Gen. 12:1–3).


This series of posts pairs a brief passage of Scripture with associated study notes drawn from the Gospel Transformation Bible. For more information about the Gospel Transformation Bible, please visit GospelTransformationBible.org.

 

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Schaeffer on the Christian Life: Countercultural Spirituality

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Video: Kathy Keller on Reading the Bible Every Day

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This video with Kathy Keller is part of Women of the Word Month, a free 31-day campaign designed to encourage and equip women for transformative Bible study. Learn more or sign up at crossway.org/women.


In this video, Kathy Keller encourages us to make time for God’s Word each day, even if it’s just a few short minutes.


Kathy Keller on Reading the Bible Every Day
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Kathy Keller (MA, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) has worked as an editor for Great Commission Publications, and presently serves on the staff of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, where her husband, Tim, is senior pastor. In Redeemer’s early years, Tim preached and Kathy was the entire staff; now she serves as assistant director of communications. Kathy and Tim rejoice that their three sons married amazing women and adore their two granddaughters.

 


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Video: Nancy Guthrie on the Miracle of Bible Study

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This video with Nancy Guthrie is part of Women of the Word Month, a free 31-day campaign designed to encourage and equip women for transformative Bible study. Learn more or sign up at crossway.org/women.


In this video, popular author and Bible study leader Nancy Guthrie discusses how God used regular time in his Word to work a miracle in her heart.


Nancy Guthrie on the Miracle of Bible Study
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Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible at conferences around the country and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Covenant Theological Seminary. She and her husband, David, are the co-hosts of the GriefShare video series used in more than 8,500 churches nationwide and they also host Respite Retreats for couples who have experienced the death of a child. Guthrie is the author of numerous books including Holding on to HopeHearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, and the five-book Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series.


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Guide to ESV Children & Youth Bible Resources

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“Children grow up so fast.”

We’ve all heard some variation of this statement, especially when it comes to buying clothes or shoes that kids can wear for more than a month! Because children change so fast, how do you choose a Bible that will fit their growing reading levels?

Here is a list of ESV Bible resources for children and youth that can guide you in these decisions:


Big Picture Story Bible

The Big Picture Story Bible

Ages 2–7

No child is too young to begin learning about the greatest love story of all—God’s love for his people, as portrayed in the Bible. David Helm and Gail Schoonmaker have together created a colorful book of Bible stories written especially for children ages 2–7. Rather than simply retelling portions of the Bible, this book presents the big picture—the unified story running through the Old and New Testaments.

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Seek and Find

ESV Seek & Find Bible

Ages 5–9

This full-color children’s Bible combines the complete ESV Bible text with 130 vibrant illustrations of major Bible stories. Accompanying each full-page illustration is the Bible story itself, clearly and accurately retold for young readers. Each story includes a Key Bible Verse to memorize, Additional Readings for discovering more of the story throughout the Bible, and simple Reflection Questions to help children begin to understand and apply God’s Word.

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ESV Holy Bible for Kids

Ages 6–10

The ESV Holy Bible for Kids is an affordable edition made just for kids. Twenty-four pages of specially prepared content are interspersed throughout the full ESV Bible text. These pages include illustrations that depict major scenes in the story of redemption. Kid-friendly maps are featured in the back. Young children will love calling this Bible their own.

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ESV Kid’s Thinline Bible

Ages 7–12

The ESV Kid’s Thinline Bible was created to be a portable and child-friendly text Bible for children ages 7 – 12. It features an engaging cover and the complete ESV text. Helpful additional content includes a dictionary, Old and New Testament timeline art, and kid-friendly maps. “God’s Word for Me When…” and “God’s Word for Me About…” pages also help orient kids to key Scriptures on various topics.

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ESV Kid’s Compact Bible

Ages 7–12

The ESV Kid’s Compact Bible was created to be a portable and child-friendly text Bible for children ages 7 – 12. It features an engaging cover and the complete ESV text. Helpful additional content includes a dictionary, Old and New Testament timeline art, and kid-friendly maps. “God’s Word for Me When…” and “God’s Word for Me About…” pages also help orient kids to key Scriptures on various topics.

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ESV God Girl Bible

Ages 10–14

The God Girl Bible is now available in the ESV translation. This devotional Bible for teen girls features material prepared by Hayley and Michael DiMarco, bestselling authors of numerous books for youth. It encourages young women to study and apply the Bible text for themselves.

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ESV God Guy Bible

Ages 10–14

The God Guy Bible is now available in the ESV translation. This devotional Bible for teen guys features material prepared by Michael and Hayley DiMarco, who have been ministering to youth for years. The devotional and study materials are engaging design and easy for a younger audience to understand. More importantly, they point guys to the Bible as the foundation for all of life, fostering a love for God’s Word and a desire to know him better.

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ESV Student Study Bible

Ages 12 and up

The ESV Student Study Bible is ideally suited for students who are serious about God’s Word—who want to learn more about what the Bible teaches and how the Bible applies to all of life. With 12,000 clear, concise study notes, the ESV Student Study Bible provides numerous features—including nearly 900 “Did You Know?” facts, 120 new Bible character profiles, and 15 topical articles. It also features a glossary of key terms, more than 80 full-color maps and illustrations, an extensive concordance, and 80,000 cross-references.

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ESV Holy Bible: Textbook Edition

Ages 12 and up

The ESV Holy Bible, Textbook Edition was designed for the classroom. It features the full ESV Bible text in a large, easy-to-read setting. Student-friendly features include full-page book introductions, a concordance, a glossary, and 32 pages of maps and illustrations. Schools and churches will appreciate that students can now study together God’s Word in the ESV translation from the same edition.

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