A Biblical Study

Nehemiah 10-11

The Years of Return





SEAL - a mark of a formal ratification of a transaction or covenant. A device bearing a design, a name or some other words so made that it can impart an impression in relief upon a soft substance. Every person of any standing had a seal. (Zondervan - Pictorial Dict.)


UNDERSTANDING - (Heb. 995) to separate mentally, or distinguish


SIMPLE - (Heb. 6612) to open, be roomy; silly, seducible, foolish.

An Oath to Walk in Gods Law


1.        REVIEW: What have we learned is a purpose for reviewing Biblical history?

2.        Because of all that God had done for His people, what did the people want to do for God? (9:38)

3.        In addition to those in leadership positions, who was a part of the covenant? (10:28) ...all they that had _______________ themselves from the people of the ___________ unto the _______ of God, their _________, their _________, and their ________________, everyone having ________________, and having _________________.

4.        What did the people join in together to do? (10:29)


         Why a curse and an oath? Deuteronomy 30:15-30 Vs. 19 - I have set before you _________ and ___________, ______________ and _______________: therefore choose _______ that both thou and thy seed may _________.

5.        What did this covenant include?






6.        What was done after the covenant was sealed? (11:1)

7.        How did the people receive their responsibilities? (11:2)

If Thou Seekest Her as Silver


1.        Why do you think only those having knowledge and understanding (10:28) would enter a covenant of a curse and oath?

2.        WHO are those who have understanding? Psalm 119:130

3.        HOW does a person receive understanding? Ps. 119:104

4.        WHY does God give understanding? Ps. 119:144 Ps. 119:73

         What does that include? Matt. 22:37-40

5.        What purpose does understanding serve? Prov. 2:10-12 Prov. 15:14


         Does God hand out this understanding to only some? Prov. 2:1-5

         Is understanding equivalent to mastering or to learning? Prov. 1:5-7 What warning is included? Jer. 9:23-24

         Does understanding require serving? Neh. 11:2

         List reasons why serving is so important in the life of a believer: 1) 2) 3)

         What reasons do we find not to serve?





Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.

-Psalm 119:34


   Pray that we glory not in our wisdom, might or riches, but in the understanding and knowledge given by God.

   If God has granted understanding, pray that we may offer ourselves willingly to serve.

Next weekRead Nehemiah 12-13 for the study.