Who was Nehemiah in the Bible?
Here's the answer:
Nehemiah was one of the two prophets who wrote about the rebuilding of Jerusalem. Nehemiah's contemporary was Ezra.
Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians seventy years before Nehemiah wrote about the rebuilding of Jerusalem. Portions of prophecy referring to the time of Nehemiah can be found in the book of Daniel (Daniel 9:25). Before Nehemiah asked for permission from the king to rebuild the wall, he prayed. Nehemiah knew if he prayed God would be on his side.
God answered his prayer with a yes and the king allowed Nehemiah to start rebuilding the town. Others came to help Nehemiah; however, there were others who made fun of him. When the people mocked Nehemiah, he told them that God would give him success (Nehemiah 2:20). God was beside Nehemiah every step of the way.
Nehemiah teaches us the importance of steadfastness, faithfulness, and not giving up. Nehemiah could have given up, but instead he was dedicated to rebuilding Jerusalem. He knew this is what God wanted him to do and he wasn't going to disobey God. In our lives, we need to trust God, obey Him, and follow what He says. We are doing the right thing when we are faithful to God and do what He says.
"The king said to me, 'What do you want?' I prayed to the God of heaven. Then I answered the king, 'Are you pleased with me, King Artaxerxes? If it pleases you, send me to Judah. Let me go to the city of Jerusalem. That’s where my people are buried. I want to rebuild it'" (Nehemiah 2:4-5).
"I looked things over. Then I stood up and spoke to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people. I said, 'Don’t be afraid of your enemies. Remember the Lord. He is great and powerful. So fight for your families. Fight for your sons and daughters. Fight for your wives and homes'" (Nehemiah 4:14).