But that period also brought the recently returned exiles into great temptation and potential disaster. The biblical record of the three returns of the Jews from Babylon provide not only a history of the restoration, but also many spiritual lessons concerning God's faithfulness, Satan's strategy, and the importance of separation from sin.
Dr. Laney presents a synthesis of the restoration period and discusses the interpretive, historical, geographical, and theological issues involved in these often-neglected but spiritually-rich books.
It's Time to Rebuild
We live in a post-Christian age marked by moral and spiritual decay. We have watched our comfortable walls collapse as our faith has been attacked on every side.
But take heart! God can raise up leaders dedicated to defending His truth and following His blueprints for holy living. One of those leaders might be you—because no matter where you live and what you do, you have a circle of influence.
And your influence is desperately needed.
How does a believer construct secure barriers to hold back the discouragement and moral danger of this world? Respected ministry leader Michael Youssef takes you through the book of Nehemiah to help you learn the keys to godly leadership and restoration.
Discover what it takes to rebuild walls in this highly relevant study of a people who traded their rubble for rejoicing.
The book of Nehemiah powerfully illustrates God's faithfulness as it chronicles Israel's return from exile. In this collection of biblical expositions, nine prominent Bible teachers lead readers on a gospel-centered survey of this Old Testament book, connecting the story of Nehemiah to God's overarching story of redemption. Chapters include:
Kathy Keller - Taking Action in Light of God's Word (Nehemiah 1-2)
Tim Keller - Laboring for a God Who Fights for Us (Nehemiah 3-4)
Paige Brown - Fearing God in a Fallen World (Nehemiah 5-6)
Nancy Guthrie - Coming Together around God's Word (Nehemiah 7-8)
John Piper - Responding to God according to His Word (Nehemiah 9-10)
Carrie Sandom, Jenny Salt, & Kathleen Nielson - Celebrating! A Moment of Joy in Jerusalem (Nehemiah 11-12)
D. A. Carson - Leaning Forward in the Dark: A Failed Reformation (Nehemiah 13)
Learn how God intervened to restore a remnant of his people in Israel in the fifth century BC, a time when the nation’s existence had reached a desperation point. God’s ways have not changed. He still acts on behalf of those he is calling to follow him. As an absolute sovereign, he expects complete obedience to his will.
See how God overruled the dominant powers of that time to fulfill his purpose in the world. This practice has not changed. God is still King; however many circumstances and the boasts of the ungodly may seem to mask that fact.
Understand the true basis for prayer as God’s people in any age relate to their true King and persist in their obedience to him.