3 Isagogical Background
After the fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C., the walls had been broken
down along with the palaces and the Temple. The people who had
returned after the seventy years of captivity were the children or the
grandchildren of those young people of Jeremiah's day who went into
slavery to Babylon. These Jews had come back to the land to reconstruct
In that day it was imperative that every major city have a defense
system. The book of Nehemiah records the events surrounding the
reconstruction of a new military defense system for Jerusalem, while
the book of Ezra records the rebuilding of the Temple. The first book
emphasizes the import of military life in a national entity; the latter, the
importance of spiritual life.
"He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might
He increaseth strength."
Dear Jesus, help me walk in the courage of my faith.
In Christ name I pray.