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Nehemiah: Rise Up & Build

Nehemiah 9:1–38

Pastor Daniel Cassels

October 8, 2017

1. GET _________ WITH GOD

Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all foreigners, and they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. Nehemiah 9:2 (CSB)

And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. Mark 1:35 (ESV)

2. PRAISE GOD’S _________________

Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all blessing and praise. You, Lord, are the only God., You created the heavens, the highest heavens with all their stars, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them, and all the stars of heaven worship you. Nehemiah 9:5b-6 (CSB)

Now therefore, our God, we give you thanks and praise your glorious name. 1 Chronicles 29:13 (CSB)

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16 (ESV)

3. RECOGNIZE GOD’S _______ DISPITE OUR SIN & _________

You came down on Mount Sinai, and spoke to them from heaven. You gave them impartial ordinances, reliable instructions, and good statutes and commands. You revealed your holy Sabbath to them, and gave them commands, statutes, and instruction through your servant Moses. You provided bread from heaven for their hunger; you brought them water from the rock for their thirst. You told them to go in and possess the land you had sworn to give them. Nehemiah 9:13-15 (CSB)

For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. Romans 5:17 (ESV)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 (ESV)

The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent… Acts 17:30 (ESV)

4. IN GOD’S ___________ STAY ____________

They captured fortified cities and fertile land and took possession of well-supplied houses, cisterns cut out of rock, vineyards, olive groves, and fruit trees in abundance. They ate, were filled, became prosperous, and delighted in your great goodness. But they were disobedient and rebelled against you. They flung your law behind their backs and killed your prophets who warned them in order to turn them back to you. They committed terrible blasphemies. So you handed them over to their enemies, who oppressed them. In their time of distress, they cried out to you, and you heard from heaven. In your abundant compassion you gave them deliverers, who rescued them from the power of their enemies. Nehemiah 9:25-27 (CSB)

Jesus answered him, "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. John 14:23 (ESV)

Here we are today, slaves in the land you gave our ancestors so that they could enjoy its fruit and its goodness. Here we are—slaves in it! Its abundant harvest goes to the kings you have set over us, because of our sins. They rule over our bodies and our livestock as they please. We are in great distress. Nehemiah 9:36-37 (CSB)

For freedom, Christ set us free. Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 (CSB)

5. REALLY _______________ TO GOD

In view of all this, we are making a binding agreement in writing on a sealed document containing the names of our leaders, Levites, and priests. Nehemiah 9:38 (CSB)

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3 (ESV)

Let your heart therefore be wholly true to the Lord our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments, as at this day." 1 Kings 8:61 (ESV)

(CSB–Christian Standard Bible / ESV–English Standard Version)

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