I hope you have enjoyed the prayers that we have gone through in the book of Nehemiah. I know we have one more chapter to finish, which we will do tomorrow, but I realize that I have not shared a ton of background story on the book of Nehemiah itself.
Here is an exert from Ray Stedman on the book of Nehemiah:
Ezra and Nehemiah are one book in the Hebrew Bible, for they are part of the same story. In fact, the books of Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther all come out of the same general period of Israel’s history. They appear in our Bible in reverse order of the chronological order in which they took place. In other words, Esther actually happened when God first began to move in the midst of Israel’s captivity to return this nation to the land. That was soon after the halfway mark of the seventy years that Jeremiah had predicted the captivity would last. God raised Esther, a young Jewish maiden, to the throne of Persia as queen. It was her husband, King Ahasuerus of Persia, who is the Artaxerxes of the opening chapters of Nehemiah. This heathen king gave the command for Nehemiah to return to Jerusalem to build up the walls of the city.
This is just a little piece of it, but I really want to make this blog a place that is encouraging and provides resources for you to look up and know more about God and the Bible. Please let me know what other books of the Bible you are interested in discussing/reading about!