From Weeping to Rejoicing
Topic: Nehemiah Passage: Nehemiah 11–12
Of those that lived in Jerusalem, we read names of families:
Sons of Judah and Perez (11:4-5)
Sons of Benjamin (11:6-9)
Sons of the Priests (11:10-14)
Sons of the Levites (11:15-18)
Gatekeepers and Temple servants and singers (11:19-24)
Those outside Jerusalem (11:25-35)
History of Priests and Levites (12:1-26)
For the OT church, these lists were important in the legitimization of the Priestly and Levitical lines along with who were truly descendants of Abraham
For us, these names are a testimony to the historical reality of the Bible.
“The joy of Jerusalem was heard far away.”
Where did Nehemiah and the people get that kind of joy? How can we attain such joy?
The joy of the Lord was his strength (Nehemiah 8:10)
Dwelling in God’s city
Dedication to the Lord
Delight in His worship
The joy that came from dwelling in God’s city (11:1-2).
The joy that grew out of their dedication unto the Lord (12:27-47).
Their joy grew from their delight in the worship of God (12:43).
Psalm 126:1-3, 4-5