BIBLICAL GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY
- 13 July 2008
NEHEMIAH “4-4-1” STRATEGY: Concern, Prayer and Action
Siew Kim Siang, our Alumnus (Grad DipCS, 2002, MCS, 2008) and BGST
Council Member was our Chapel Speaker on 2 July, 2008. He invited us
to reflect with him on Nehemiah 1:1-4 and its applications for BGST.
the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel
of Susa, Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other
men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that survived the
exile, and also about Jerusalem.
said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the
province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is
broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.” When I heard
these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted
and prayed before the God of heaven (Nehemiah 1:1-4).
reaction to the problem faced by the Jewish remnant
feelings created in him a strong desire to do something about the
problematic situation in which his people found themselves.
Solution to the Challenging Task (1:5)
has confidence that the “LORD” who keeps His covenant of love (hesed,
“loyal love”) with those who love and obey Him will surely answer
his prayer for His people.
Concern Leads to Prayer and Action
months later (from Kislev [1:1, Nov-Dec] to Nisan [Mar-April],
Nehemiah’s opportunity arrived. “One day, the king noticed that
Nehemiah was sad and inquired. Thus, he was able to present his
proposal when the king asked what he wanted” (2:6-9).
he travelled to Jerusalem, surveyed the state of the city and
encouraged the Jews in Jerusalem to rededicate themselves to the work
of rebuilding (2:11-20).
concern for the state of God’s people leads to prayer and action.
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