He Reigns

The Story

A major celebration is planned. One that would far out rival the Queen’s Jubilee or the opening ceremony of the Olympics. This celebration is for the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem. The people of Jerusalem had gathered to sing to, worship, and praise God.

Despite their committment to God and glorious celebration to Him near the end of the book we find that many of the Israelites had reverted back to their old ways. They had allowed the pagan foreigners to inhabit space in the temple and influenced their marriages and families. We find children not even able to speak their native tongue. The language The Law was told in.

Nehemiah returns angry and furious at what has become of the city. He clears the city of the unholy practices and people and redirects the Jews back to following God’s law and the importance of passing on His word to the next generation.

Nehemiah, like in all the previous circumstances finds himself in prayer before, after, and during addressing the Jews. In fact the book of Nehemiah ends in prayer.

Discussion

The above concludes the last chapters of Nehemiah. This week we conclude our study of Nehemiah and Kelly Minter’s book Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break.

Kelly Minter, Transformed Deeper

Reading about the dedication of the wall was one of my favorite parts of Nehemiah. I can’t help but to picture the people singing Newsboys’ song He reigns.

Mainly I picture this song because every time I hear it it seems to give me a glimpse of heaven. Jerusalem is also a foreshadowing of heaven. The wall was built to protect the city that protected the temple that was the dwelling place of God. Rebuilding the wall was indeed reason for a celebration.

Like the Jews, someday as Christians we will live in a city protected by walls, with gates that will be impenetrable in the new Jerusalem where God will dwell eternally.

Remember us with favor, O our God Nehemiah 13: 31.

Kelly Minter states, “Because of Jesus, we are assured He will.”- Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break

Today’s post is short because instead of taking up your time with words I would much rather you catch a glimpse of heaven. Watch the music video above. If you don’t have four minutes and some change to spare at least skip to minute 2:52. That is my favorite part of the song.

Thanks so much for joining me on this journey of studying Nehemiah! I have really enjoyed it. Many times been challenged and strengthened by God. The greatest take away for me from this entire study has been to let prayer be my first response. Bathe everything in prayer. The more I pray the more I find my heart braking for those around me.

What has been your greatest take away from this study? Do you have a particular song that to you is a glimpse of heaven? If so I would love to know what it is.

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Kick Off of Nehemiah Study

Week One Discussion

Week Two Discussion

Week Three Discussion

Week Four Discussion

Week Five Discussion

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9 thoughts on “He Reigns

    1. Krystle Post author

      The Nehemiah study has been amazing and such a great study for me. If you do decided to go back and do the study there is a tab at the top of the blog, “Transformed Deeper” that has all the links to all the Nehemiah posts.

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  1. theresa

    My uncle is very ill and it has been a difficult time. This post was beautiful and really hit home. Thank you for linking up.

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    1. Krystle Post author

      I am sorry to hear that your uncle is not doing well. It touches me to know that this post was helpful to someone though. My prayer is that God will use me to speak to others.

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  2. Mary Beth

    I really thought I commented on this post earlier the day you posted it. Hmm..I guess the computer got a mind of its own! ha!

    I’ve enjoyed reading your thoughts on this journey! It’s cliche, but I think of the song “I can only imagine” when I think of heaven.

    Thanks for linking up!

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  3. Misty

    Bathing yourself in prayer. Oh how we need to do that each and every day. Thank you for sharing and linking up at Simply Helping Him. Blessings!

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  4. deborah

    One of my friends, our 12-year-old daughters, and I have been working through the Nehemiah study. I am loving it. We are behind because of sickness and some vacation time. I love how a study like this makes the book come alive. I also really liked Kelly’s Ruth study. A couple other favorites are Beth Moore’s Esther and Priscilla Shirer’s Jonah.

    I saw your link on Mercy(Ink)! Have a happy day!

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    1. Krystle Post author

      Thanks for stopping by and giving such great suggestions. Last week I went with a friend to LifeWay and we bought Priscilla Shirer’s One In A Million. It’s so hard to pick just one at a time!

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