Nehemiah 2: Nehemiah Goes to Jerusalem

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 124–125

The Lord answered Nehemiah’s prayer recorded in Nehemiah 1. Nehemiah 2 tells that Nehemiah had an opportunity to tell King Artaxerxes why he was sad and that the king’s heart was softened toward him. The king then allowed Nehemiah to return to Jerusalem to help rebuild the walls of the city. Artaxerxes even provided financial support and gave Nehemiah letters to carry to governors of the provinces to show Nehemiah had the king’s approval. With King Artaxerxes’ permission, Nehemiah then traveled to Jerusalem, analyzed the situation, and realized more than ever that he must help build the walls of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem at the Time of Nehemiah

diagram of Jerusalem(click to view larger)

Fish gate

Sheep gate

Muster gate

Temple site

East gate

Horse gate

Valley gate

Fountain gate


Stairs descending from the City of David

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study Nehemiah 2.

Activity A iconAn Example of Faith

  1. 1.

    What did Nehemiah say to encourage the people?

  2. 2.

    How did the people respond?

  3. 3.

    How did Nehemiah respond to the “mockers”?

  4. 4.

    How could we apply what Nehemiah did when trying to accomplish something the Lord or His servants ask us to do?