Unit 18, Session 4: Jerusalem’s Walls Were Rebuilt
February 12, 2017 | by: Jessica Wilson | 0 Comments
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City walls and gates were very important in Bible times. Walls were built to be several feet
thick. They protected a city from its enemies and provided a sense of safety and security.
Gates were the center of city life, the meeting place for commercial and social
transactions. Without these structures, the surviving remnant of God’s people struggled
and was vulnerable to attack.
Nehemiah traveled from Persia to Jerusalem to lead the effort in rebuilding Jerusalem’s
walls. Nehemiah’s leadership was effective. Nehemiah 3 describes all the people working
together to rebuild the gates and walls.
But it wasn’t long before Nehemiah met opposition from local governors who planned to
attack God’s people. God’s people armed themselves and kept working. They completed
the wall in just 52 days.
Note how their enemies reacted: “All the surrounding nations were intimidated and lost
their confidence, for they realized that this task had been accomplished by our God” (Neh.
6:16). Now God’s people were protected from their enemies.
Nehemiah led the people to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem to protect them from
their enemies. Jesus came to protect us from our enemies. He died on the cross
and rose from the dead to rescue people from sin and death.
Help your kids see that God provided the way for us to be protected from our enemies, sin
and death. He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins. When we repent and
trust in Jesus, He frees us from sin and death. We still sin, but we are no longer slaves to
sin. (See Rom. 6:17-18.) We may die a physical death as a result of sin, but we have
eternal life. (See John 11:25-26; Rom. 6:23.)
Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Cards below as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.
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