Neglect, Nehemiah 10-11

“We will not neglect the house of our God.”  Nehemiah 10:39b This powerful declaration follows a prayer and resolution that is made by the exiles. The prayer recounts the history … Read more

Afraid, Nehemiah 6-7

So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days. When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, … Read more

Angry, Nehemiah 4-5

When I heard their outcry and these charges, I was very angry.  Nehemiah 5:6 There is a time for righteous anger. Nehemiah has been diligent in his mission, and he … Read more

Willing, Ezra 4–5

But Zerubbabel, Jeshua and the rest of the heads of the families of Israel answered, “You have no part with us in building a temple to our God. We alone … Read more

Sang, Ezra 2–3

With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD: “He is good; his love to Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the … Read more