Old Testament
Lesson 47
Let Us Rise Up and Build


Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will encourage us to help build Zion and to show Christlike love to those who oppose the work of the Lord.

Scripture references for study:  Ezra 1–8; Nehemiah 1–2; Nehemiah 4; Nehemiah 6; Nehemiah 8
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Lesson 47 Handout (PDF format)


The Jews Return To Jerusalem - Ezra 1-6

  1. Historical Timeline:
  2. READ EZRA 1:1-3. Cyrus and the temple at Jerusalem.
  3. The return to Jerusalem.
  4. In 520 B.C. two prophets rose up and provided the inspiration needed to get construction going again
  5. As construction on the temple resumed, there was additional resistance from Tatnai, the Persian governor over the region west of the Euphrates. and by leaders of Samaria.

 Ezra & Nehemiah Go To Jerusalem

  1. In the seventh year of the reign of Artaxerxes (458 B.C.), Ezra led a second colony of Jews back to Jerusalem. Artaxerxes was probably Longimanus, who reigned for forty years (464-425 B.C.) and was the grandson of Darius.

Nehemiah Goes To Jerusalem - Leads the People In Rebuilding the Walls

  1. As with Ezra, Nehemiah also found favor in the eyes of the king of Persia, Artaxerxes I.
  2. While serving in the court of Artaxerxes, Nehemiah learned that the Jews in Palestine were not faring well and that Jerusalem still lay in ruins.
  3. To avoid the opposition of the enemies of the Jews, Nehemiah inspected the walls of Jerusalem at night. Once Nehemiah's mission was known, Sanballat, the governor of Samaria, and others, accused Nehemiah of sedition against Artaxerxes.
  4. The threats of Sanballat fell on deaf ears. The Jews were enthusiastic and soon a good portion of the wall had been restored.

Ezra Reads The Scriptures To The People

  1. After the walls of the city had been rebuilt, the people requested Ezra to read "the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel" (Nehemiah 8:1).


Gospel Doctrine Notebook

  1. Record your thoughts on the efforts of the Jews to rebuild the temple. What does the temple mean to you? What importance does regular scripture reading have in your life? How can you improve?


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