Windber First Assembly of God's Current Sermon by Robert Mock
Feb 10, 2019
Burden, Vision, Action (39:24)
Referenced Scriptures: Nehemiah 1:1-11; Nehemiah 2:1-18; Luke 14:28-30; Ephesians 4:11-12
The scriptures below are from the WEB Bible.
1) The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah. Now it happened in the month Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,
2) that Hanani, one of my brothers, came, he and certain men out of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.
3) They said to me, The remnant who are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates of it are burned with fire.
4) It happened, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days; and I fasted and prayed before the God of heaven,
5) and said, I beg you, Yahweh, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and lovingkindness with those who love him and keep his commandments:
6) Let your ear now be attentive, and your eyes open, that you may listen to the prayer of your servant, which I pray before you at this time, day and night, for the children of Israel your servants while I confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Yes, I and my father‘s house have sinned:
7) we have dealt very corruptly against you, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances, which you commanded your servant Moses.
8) Remember, I beg you, the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, If you trespass, I will scatter you abroad among the peoples:
9) but if you return to me, and keep my commandments and do them, though your outcasts were in the uttermost part of the heavens, yet will I gather them from there, and will bring them to the place that I have chosen, to cause my name to dwell there.
10) Now these are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power, and by your strong hand.
11) Lord, I beg you, let now your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants, who delight to fear your name; and please prosper your servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. Now I was cup bearer to the king.
1) It happened in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, when wine was before him, that I took up the wine, and gave it to the king. Now I had not been [before] sad in his presence.
2) The king said to me, Why is your face sad, seeing you are not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid.
3) I said to the king, Let the king live forever: why should not my face be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers‘ tombs, lies waste, and the gates of it are consumed with fire?
4) Then the king said to me, For what do you make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.
5) I said to the king, If it please the king, and if your servant have found favor in your sight, that you would send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers‘ tombs, that I may build it.
6) The king said to me (the queen also sitting by him,) For how long shall your journey be? and when will you return? So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.
7) Moreover I said to the king, If it please the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the River, that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah;
8) and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king‘s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the castle which appertains to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. The king granted me, according to the good hand of my God on me.
9) Then I came to the governors beyond the River, and gave them the king‘s letters. Now the king had sent with me captains of the army and horsemen.
10) When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly, because a man had come to seek the welfare of the children of Israel.
11) So I came to Jerusalem, and was there three days.
12) I arose in the night, I and some few men with me; neither told I any man what my God put into my heart to do for Jerusalem; neither was there any animal with me, except the animal that I rode on.
13) I went out by night by the valley gate, even toward the jackal‘s well, and to the dung gate, and viewed the walls of Jerusalem, which were broken down, and the gates of it were consumed with fire.
14) Then I went on to the spring gate and to the king‘s pool: but there was no place for the animal that was under me to pass.
15) Then went I up in the night by the brook, and viewed the wall; and I turned back, and entered by the valley gate, and so returned.
16) The rulers didn‘t know where I went, or what I did; neither had I as yet told it to the Jews, nor to the priests, nor to the nobles, nor to the rulers, nor to the rest who did the work.
17) Then said I to them, You see the evil case that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and the gates of it are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.
18) I told them of the hand of my God which was good on me, as also of the king‘s words that he had spoken to me. They said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for the good [work].
28) For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doesn‘t first sit down and count the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?
29) Or perhaps, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, everyone who sees begins to mock him,
30) saying, ‘This man began to build, and wasn‘t able to finish.‘
11) He gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, shepherds and teachers;
12) for the perfecting of the saints, to the work of serving, to the building up of the body of Christ;
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