Lesson 1 / 6 – A Heart for the People
Main text – Nehemiah chapter 1: 1 – 11
Nehemiah met with one of his brothers and some other men: during this meeting, he enquired about his fellow Jewish brethren who had survived the exile in Jerusalem.
- Nehemiah had not forgotten his people
- He asked about where he came from
- He was troubled by the response he received from the meeting
The response he received during the meeting was not pleasant to him and he was troubled.
The above verse shows how deeply concerned Nehemiah was for his people that he was grieved.
This deep act constituted in Nehemiah weeping, fasting but also praying unto God as his people were disgraced and in trouble.
Even so, the walls of Jerusalem were in ruins the place in which they dwelt and took great pride in. These acts demonstrated by Nehemiah shows he had a heart for the people and he genuinely cared for and about their wellbeing.
This sort of emotion and display of affection for his people should be found thriving amongst us today.
We are urged in the scripture below to be careful in these last days.
This scripture is slowly becoming evident in our current time and season as people are becoming selfish and not looking to assist their fellow brethren.
Nehemiah – prime example of having genuine concern and a heart for the people.
Gospel singer William McDowell captures the concern we should have for people in a song entitled ‘Give Us Your Heart’. The lyrics resonate with this lesson of having a heart for the people around us in the different circumstances they may be encumbered with; just like Nehemiah.
Further down in Nehemiah 1: 5 – 11 (end) he prays unto God. This will be taken in the next lesson.
The next lesson (2 / 6): Power & Prayer of Nehemiah