16 Nehemiah

Objective

To identify ways of understanding the bible better.

To know that the joy of the Lord gives strength.

Ice Breaker
1. Riddles
Write the two riddles and see if the children can understand them. Then give them the answers.

11 was a racehorse
12 was 12 (12 was one too)
111 a race (11 won a race)
12112 (12 won one too)

F U N E M ? (Have you any ham?)
S, V F M (Yes, we have ham)
F U N E X ? (Have you any eggs?)
S, V F X (Yes, we have eggs)
OK, M N X (OK, ham and eggs).

2. Activity
Build a wall and a temple out of bricks.

Bible Card

  • Author: Nehemiah
  • Type: History
  • Written: 400BC
  • No. Chapters: 13
  • O.T. Book No.: 16

Study

The people had just rebuilt a wall around Jerusalem.

The temple and the wall was knocked down by the Babylonians and they had spent 70 years in a foreign country. In the book of Ezra we read how God helped the people rebuild the temple. In the first 7 chapters of Nehemiah we read how God helped build the wall.

a) Understanding the bible.

Did you understand the riddles when they were first read out?
They were easy to understand once they had been explained.

Do you sometimes find it hard to understand the bible when it is read?
What do you do in those situations?

Let see what the people did in the time of Nehemiah.

Read Nehemiah 8 v 1-8

Look at v3.  How did they listen?  Carefully.

So we need to listen carefully to what has been said.

Look at v6.  What was their attitude?  Prayerful and worshipful.
So we can ask God to make things clear. If time, read James 1v5.

Look at v8.  How was it read?  In such a way that people could understand it, explaining what it means.
Sometimes it is difficult to understand and we need things explaining.

b) Rejoicing in God

Have you ever done anything good for God?
Have you read anything from the bible that helped you?
How did it make you feel?

There is a real joy in serving the Lord and it can strengthen your faith and it can strengthen you as a person.

Let us read Nehemiah chapter 8 v 9-12.

What did they do as a result of understanding what God had said?
They rejoiced.

What made them strong?
The joy of the Lord.

Craft

Make a fridge magnet with the verse: Nehemiah 8v10b.  “The joy of the Lord will make you strong.”