Build the Walls of Jerusalem – Part 2

Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the city walls, but this did not happen without opposition. Yet Nehemiah always trusted in God and did not let anything stop him.

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Nehemiah began to build the walls of Jerusalem, full of faith and courage. The people were with him, but there were some neighbors who were not so enthusiastic about what Nehemiah was doing. They had other plans for the city. These people tried to trick Nehemiah into stopping the building work and they tried to discourage the people. The enemies also tried to enter Jerusalem, especially in the places where the wall was low. 

So, Nehemiah placed guards on the wall day and night, and said to his people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses!” From that day on, the workers did their job with a tool in one hand and a weapon in the other. 

We see from this story that the Jews both had to build the wall and fight against their enemies at the same time. We do not have a physical wall to build, but we must protect our hearts from evil. Therefore, we must guard our thoughts so that we do not let anything bad into our hearts. Just as the workers in Jerusalem had to work with a tool in one hand and a weapon in the other, we can do the good at the same time as we are fighting evil. 

We must also be extra careful where the wall is low – where we have our weak points, where we know evil thoughts want to enter the heart. With God’s help, I can keep my heart pure and become a servant of God, just like Nehemiah. 

 

More about the studio broadcast 

This studio broadcast takes place at the old Warwick Castle in England. Here we are greeted by the presenters Nick and Becka together with the children xx and xx. In this beautiful setting, the presenters explore the story of Nehemiah who worked on the walls of Jerusalem. How was it really? Was Nehemiah frightened when he saw all the enemies? 

We also hear an inspiring appeal from David Savage about having a decided mind and that this decided mind acts as a strong wall around our heart. When evil thoughts come, we can stand on the wall around our heart and say no. God’s eyes watch over such people and strengthen those who have a heart completely for him. 

Creative project – Build up! 

Nehemiah rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem. Now the children will also build a wall. Make bricks out of colored paper and write various actions we can do in order to help build everything good now in our time! 

What do you need: 

  • Colored sheets

  • Scissors

  • Glue / glue chair 

  • Felt tip pen

  • Glitter

  • Sticky tack /blu-tack / kit or tape

 

Method: 

  1. Use scissors to cut the sheets to look like bricks. 

  2. Write the text on the outside of the bricks with felt-tip pen or cut out letters and glue them on. It is also possible to use glue and glitter.

  3. Attach the bricks to the wall with «teacher chewing gum» / kit or tape.


Tips!
 

Sunday school teachers can bring a toy sword, a trowel and a bucket to dramatize how Nehemiah built the wall while he / she puts up the bricks the children have made. 

Questions for conversation:

Bible verses that fit the topic:

Neh 4:14: “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses. 

Neh 4:19: “The work is great and extensive, and we are separated far from one another on the wall. 20: Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us. “ 

2. Chron. 16, 9: For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. 

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