A Biblical Study

Nehemiah 8

The Years of Return


BROKEN BEFORE GOD                                                                                                                                                                                                                “All the People Wept When They Heard the Words”



TIRSHATHA - (Heb. 8660) the Persian title of the governors of Judah;  Nehemiah the governor.


DRAM - (Heb. 1871) a drachma, a coin;  meaning “handful.”  There was no coined money in Israel until after the Exile. The world conquering Greeks developed the Persian and Babylonian coinage.


BROKEN - (Heb. 7665) to burst, break into pieces, crush;  to shiver, shatter.


1.        How was the city of Jerusalem described after the walls were rebuilt?  (7:4)                                    “The city was __________ and ___________ but the people were _________ therein, and the __________ were not builded.”                                                                                                                                                                                  

2.        What did God put in Nehemiah’s heart to do?  (7:5)                                                                                                              

3.        How many people were counted in the congregation?  (7:66)                                                                                                  


4.        What did the people ask Ezra to do?  (8:1)                                                                                                                                

5.        Who listened? (8:2)                                                                                                                                                        “...both _______ and __________, and all that could hear with __________________...”                                                     

6.        For how long did they listen?  (8:3)                                                                                                                                            

7.        As Ezra opened up the book and blessed the Lord, what was the response of the people?  (8:6)                                                                                                                               

8.        What was the result?  (8:7)                                                                                                                                                          

9.        What was the reaction of the people?  (8:9)                                                                                                                                               

10.     What was Nehemiah’s comfort?  (8:10)   “The _____ of the Lord is your __________.”                                                      

11.     Why did the Levites encourage the people to make this a time of great rejoicing?  (8:12)                                                                      

12.  How long had it been since Israel dwelt in booths as a  feast of the 7th month? (8:17)                                                       

“Cause Me to Hear Thy Lovingkindness”


I.         REFLECT:  Why does the word of the Lord stir emotion in the hearts of God’s people?  How many times has a hymn or a verse struck you to tears?  Why is this?                                                                                  

·         Consider the remnant of Judah:  broken, taken into captivity, allowed to return...  Why did they have to become broken?  Whom do they spiritually represent?                                                                                                                                          

·         How is the heart broken?                                               Proverbs 15:13                                                                                      

·         Why must a child of God become “broken” before him? 

                Psalm 51:8, 12, 17

                Isaiah 61:1-3

                Luke 4:18                                                                                                                                                                               

II.       CONSIDER:                                                                                                                                                                    What is amazing about the “causing” of the people to understand God’s Word?                                                  What was the result?                                                                                                                                                                 

·         Of what else do we need to be reminded?                                                                                                                 Jeremiah 16:21                                                                                                                                                               

·         What do we depend on the Lord to “cause” in our lives?                                                                                         Psalm 143:8,10


III.     DIG DEEPER:   A person cannot understand God’s Word unless God causes it to happen, so there has to be a doctrine of election. Why do people have a warped concept about this doctrine?  Why is it actually a beautiful doctrine?  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                VERSE OF THE WEEK


The Lord doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.  He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

           -Psalm 147:2-3




·   Pray that God will cause understanding as we read His Word.

·   Pray we may weep at our sins and rejoice in God’s salvation.                                                                                                                    

NEXT WEEK…                  Read Nehemiah 9-10 for the study.