In approximately 445 BC, a group from Judah's capital city of Jerusalem arrived at the royal citadel in Persia's capital city of Susa, one of the oldest cities in the world and located near modern day Shush, Khuzestan, Iran. Nehemiah, cupbearer to King Artaxerxes I and brother of one of the men, questioned them. Dismayed by their report about the troubles faced by the remaining survivors in Jerusalem and the disgraceful condition of the city's walls and gates, Nehemiah wept, mourned, fasted, and prayed. He confessed his own sins, the sins of his family and people, reminded God of His promises to regather His dispersed exiles, and prayed for the Lord’s blessings of success and favor.
When the king noticed Nehemiah's unusually downcast demeanor and asked what was wrong, Nehemiah explained and asked the king for permission to return and rebuild the holy city, as well as requested protection and provisions for the journey and task. King Artaxerxes I granted Nehemiah's requests and appointed him Governor of Judah. Nehemiah then traveled to Jerusalem, inspected the city and the walls, determined needs, organized teams, fought opposition, addressed challenges, secured promises, shared blessings, avoided temptation and distractions, continually prayed for strength, and honored the Lord and others with his dedication, faithful leadership, and hard work.
After lying in ruins for nearly 150 years, the Lord answered Nehemiah’s prayers by granting their team success and favor as they rebuilt the city's walls in an amazingly short period of 52 days. In celebration, the people asked Ezra, the teacher of the law, to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses and read it aloud to everyone old enough to understand. As Ezra stood on a high wooden platform and read, other trained leaders helped explain to the crowds what they were hearing. The leaders also encouraged everyone to celebrate; led in repentance, worship, and prayer; and helped people put God's Word into practice.
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