The story of the return of the Israelites to Jerusalem that began in Ezra, continues uninterrupted in Nehemiah. When the book of Nehemiah opens, about thirteen years have passed since the issue of intermarrying was dealt with. Three distinct phases of the people’s return are covered by Ezra and Nehemiah. The first is the rebuilding of the temple. The second is the rebuilding of the spiritual community, and the third—which Nehemiah will chronicle—is the rebuilding of the city walls. In all three of theses phases, God’s grace is evident.
November 6, 2019