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BSF Lesson Eight –  05/10/2015

Weekly Devotionals

BSF Lesson Eight –  05/10/2015

Nehemiah 9 & 10

1. Describe a time when someone has wronged you, and then later reconciled with you, and then did it again.  What happened to your relationship?

Chapter 9 (Confess)

1. What does this prayer reveal about the character and nature of God, and why is this important in all our praying? (Leviticus 20:26, Psalm 145:1-6)

2. Nehemiah 9:2a describes not simply racial but religious separation. Why had God told his people not to marry foreigners, according to Exodus 34:15-16?

3. In vv. 6-31, we see Israel’s confession.  What is the significance of such a lengthy confession, which included a review of their history? What do you learn about God? What do you learn about God’s people?

4. Reading through the history, what points are highlighted and what story is being told in their confession? What are some specific ways God has revealed His love and mercy to you?

Chapter 10 (Commit)

5. In this chapter, the Israelites make an oath to God that they will obey and follow Him.  Why do people make oaths in these circumstances?  Have you ever made an oath to God?  Why do you think in the New Testament Jesus says not to take oaths but simply, “Let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be no’?”  (Mt. 5:37)

6. What are the articles of their oath (i.e. what do they promise to do and not to do)?  Is there a unifying characteristic/theme that binds them?

1. Are there areas in your life that you need to confess before God in order to reconcile your relationship with Him?  And, on your end, how can you live in continuous restoration?

2. When in your life have difficult circumstances motivated you to recommit yourself to the Lord?  Do you need to do so now?  If so, in what specific areas?