Reflection Guide - Nehemiah 7:1-3

Key points from the sermon:

  • In chapter 7, we see that the wall was just the beginning; the real work revolves around God’s people living for God’s glory.  The wall has been built and now Nehemiah immediately appoints gatekeepers, singers, and Levites to ensure the preservation, protection, sanctification, and growth of God’s people.  Jerusalem was a tangible city on a hill, protected by a tangible wall. Today, as a New Testament people, we are the tangible city on a hill.  God protects us, sanctifies us, and grows us through the power of the Holy Spirit, the Living Word, and His Church, with Jesus as the head.

  • In verse 2, Nehemiah goes even further to develop and acknowledge fellow leaders who have shown faithfulness, sharing the burden of leadership for the benefit of the people.

  • Verse 3 shows just how serious they are about the dangers outside of the walls.  Keeping God’s people safe and holy is a priority.

  • Ultimately, these verses display God’s fatherly love towards us, His children.  God cares supremely about our protection, our healthy growth, and our sanctification to become more like Him.  He didn’t leave us alone to protect ourselves and sanctify ourselves. He has written the law on our hearts; He’s given us The Spirit and The Church to come alongside us and be our helpers.

Scripture to meditate on this week:

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD:  I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”  -Jeremiah 31:33

Discussion Questions:

  1. What stands out to you when you read Nehemiah 7:1-3?  Why or how so?

  2. Why did Nehemiah appoint gatekeepers, singers, and Levites?  What is the significance of each position/role?

  3. What does it mean to be faithful and God-fearing?  What prevents us from being faithful or God-fearing?  Does anyone you know come to mind when you hear those two descriptors?

  4. Lastly, think about God’s perfect fatherly love for us.  How can you individually press into His fatherly love? How can we corporately press into His fatherly love?

Practice:

Spend time this week thinking about the gatekeepers, singers, and Levites in your life.  What barriers or protections do you have in place to keep you holy as God is holy? What songs do you listen to?  What “liquid theology” are you ingesting? Finally, who are your spiritual leaders? Are you giving them full access to your heart and are you quick to listen to them?  What are the dangers of ignoring the gatekeepers, singers, and Levites in your life? God cares about you as a father cares about His children. He has given you His Spirit and His Church to act as gatekeepers, singers, and Levites in your life.  Pray that our local Body, Soma SM, would press more and more into His Spirit and His Church, that we might live under the blessing of His Fatherhood, growing healthy and strong.