Nehemiah 2:1-8 – “A God Ask”

Nehemiah 2:1–8

My sermon notes for Wednesday night, May 8th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube. You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.


  • In chapter one we saw the relationship that Nehemiah had with the Lord.
  • In this passage we see how his trust in the Lord allowed his calling and purpose to come into being.
  • Nehemiah has a burden for his people, but to act upon that burden could mean death.
  • The key was Nehemiah’s trust in YAHWEH… His trust in God.

He Trusted and Waited – vv. 1-3

It has been 4 months since he received the news of the condition in Jerusalem

  • He was seeking and waiting
  • Patience and trust
  • The idea of calmness

Heb. 6:12, Psalm 46:10

Prayerfully waiting on God’s perfect timing

He Trusted and Acted – vv. 4-8

His waiting… was so that he could act.

  • What he did in private allowed him to do what he did in public


  • Let me go
  • Bless my vision
  • Pay for my vision

Nehemiah had a desire that was embraced by Artaxerxes… but ultimately it was God’s plan and purpose.

  • Proverbs 21:1
  • His Kingdom come, His will be done. Matt 6:9-13

Nehemiah’s Strategy

  • Nehemiah knew what God was asking him to do.
    • He had a vision and purpose
  • He thought through it
    • He had a plan to see it through
  • He acted upon it
    • A big ask

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