Nehemiah 13: A Wolf’s Best Friend

After a brief review of Nehemiah, we launch into Nehemiah 13, asking the question, “Are you kidding me?” At one point in this final chapter of the book, Nehemiah describes yanking on men’s beards in his frustration and jealousy for God’s established ways. In this teaching, we put forth a single word that describes what […]

October 25, 2020 in Audio, Ezra-Nehemiah, Tanakh by

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Nehemiah Chs. 11-12: The Holiness of Walls

An early question in Nehemiah chapters 11-12 is, “Why are 10 tribes almost missing from the list of Jerusalem’s residents?” After exploring this question, we draw out a few gems from the many names listed in these chapters, including an important principle drawn from the name “Zerubabel” about relating to paganism. Other topics include more […]

October 18, 2020 in Audio, Ezra-Nehemiah, Tanakh by

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Nehemiah Chs. 9-10: Renewing the Covenant

Chapters 9 and 10 of Nehemiah are one continuous prayer. One important opportunity for study found in this prayer is the chance to see our human faults from this ancient, inspired perspective. Our main question as we explore in these chapters is, “Why do we keep cycling through phases of rebellion, and how do we […]

September 13, 2020 in Audio, Ezra-Nehemiah, Tanakh by

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Nehemiah 8: Torah at the Water Gate

Nehemiah 8 soars above the other chapters of the book like a soul moored in the heavens. As we approach the fall holidays mentioned in this chapter, we briefly review Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. The main body of the teaching is a comparison of the Egyptian and Babylonian exiles, leading to an important […]

September 6, 2020 in Audio, Ezra-Nehemiah, Tanakh by

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Nehemiah Chs. 6-7: Prophets of Fear

Our main focus in Nehemiah this week is chapter 6, where we witness the ending of Sanballat’s machinations against the work of God. What finally puts an end to this enemy’s scheming? Linked to this question, we continue learning how we stand up to spiritual enemies. Other topics include characteristics of false prophets, the month […]

August 23, 2020 in Audio, Ezra-Nehemiah, Tanakh by

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Nehemiah Chs. 4-5: Building = Battle

As we begin chapters 4 and 5 of Nehemiah, we note an important difference in enemy tactics when we are rebuilding walls vs. rebuilding the Temple (Ezra). In dissecting the enemy’s verbal attacks, we observe “how to get stupid in 3 easy steps.” Seeing the wall being built, we talk about ladders and moving to […]

August 16, 2020 in Audio, Ezra-Nehemiah, Tanakh by

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Nehemiah Ch. 3: Ten Gates to the City

As we continue our study of Nehemiah, we first reach back to summarize the end of chapter 2, the challenge to repair the city’s fortifications and the justification for the work. Next, we look at Jerusalem’s geography and the site of the ancient city of David. We then draw out a principle from the varied […]

August 10, 2020 in Audio, Ezra-Nehemiah, Tanakh by

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Nehemiah Chs. 1-2: Walls, Gates, & Enemies

In this first teaching on the book of Nehemiah, cupbearer to the king, we focus on the spiritual concepts of walls and gates, and we continue learning about enemies. What are our walls and gates, and how do we properly steward them? Regarding enemies, we look at our own three main enemies reflected in Nehemiah’s […]

July 26, 2020 in Audio, Ezra-Nehemiah, Tanakh by

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Survey of Ezra

We tackle the entire book of Ezra this week, briefly touching on each chapter. We begin with a quick overview of the pertinent kings of Persia, including the son of Queen Esther who plays an important role in Ezra. Other teaching points include lessons from Israel’s choice to rebuild the altar first, lessons regarding the […]

July 19, 2020 in Audio, Ezra-Nehemiah, Tanakh by

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Ezra and Nehemiah – Intro

This introductory teaching to a new series on Ezra and Nehemiah is subtitled “There and Back Again,” referring to the purifying journey described in these books and which we also experience. Beginning with a connection to the novel “The Life of Pi,” we move on to a brief bird’s-eye view of Israel’s journey partly described […]

July 12, 2020 in Audio, Ezra-Nehemiah, Tanakh by

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