The First Jewish Temple
Nehemiah – Putting Feet to Prayers
The Book of Nehemiah recounts how Nehemiah, the cupbearer to the Persian King, led the charge to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem to protect the Jewish people living in their homeland. He partnered with Ezra, the priest, who also has a book named after him in the Bible. Faced with incredible opposition, Nehemiah prayed fervently for the success of his endeavors, but he also did specific things to partner with God and put those prayers into action, a practice called putting feet to prayers.
In our last Brief Bible Dive, we discussed the history of the Second Jewish Temple, which was rebuilt just before and during the time that the books of Ezra and Nehemiah take place. This raised a very helpful question: “What about the First Jewish Temple?” Good question. This Brief Bible Dive takes a step back and gives a brief overview of the construction and destruction of that place of worship, the ruins upon which the Second Jewish Temple was eventually built.
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