Key points from the sermon:
We’re taking the time to read these names and these numbers because all of Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching! God was intentional to include these long, hard-to-read lists for our own good and His glory. In fact, Pastor Josh pointed out that these names are actually listed twice in the Bible! They must be important.
This long list of names and numbers shows us that God cares about the details! He cares about His people as individuals and as a whole/nation. He simultaneously focuses on the details and the big picture, the singular souls and the larger Church! Christianity is both a personal faith and a corporate faith.
These people came up out of exile and will now play a crucial role in God’s restoration of Jerusalem. In returning to a broken city, they have likely displayed sacrifice, surrender, faithfulness, courage, and obedience. Their sights were on the heavenly kingdom, not the earthly kingdom. In the same way, Jesus came down to our broken world and displayed the ultimate sacrifice, the ultimate surrender, the ultimate faithfulness, the ultimate courage, and the ultimate obedience, that we might be reconciled to God and see the heavenly kingdom, not the earthly kingdom.
Scripture to meditate on this week:
“But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” -Isaiah 43:1
What do you think about Nehemiah 7:6-60? Why take the time to read all these names and numbers?
What do these verses reveal about God?
How are you encouraged or challenged by these verses? Explain.
Knowing these people have come up out of exile and back to Jerusalem and Judah, how might you describe them as a whole? Can you relate to them in any way? Why or why not?
Just as the people listed in Nehemiah 7 played a crucial role in God's restoration of Jerusalem, we pray that the people of Soma will play a crucial role in God's restoration of San Marcos. Just as no one was “accidentally” in Jerusalem and Judah, no one is “accidentally” a part of Soma SM. If you're here, He's already called you into His sacred work of restoring the city to Himself. Think about that. Do you feel excited, overwhelmed, scared, valued, apathetic? Let your feelings guide you to Jesus and dwell on the ultimate restoration we have because of Him. Then think of one practical thing you can do this week as an active participant in God’s restoration of San Marcos. It might be anything from joining a Serve Team to caring for an elderly neighbor or apologizing to a family member! Consider sharing and discussing this with your DNA.