Nehemiah 9:7-23

Talks for Growing Christians

Man's Unfaithfulness / God's Faithfulness

Nehemiah 9:7-23

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Lesson Number 27

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. God’s laws are good.
  2. Even when believers are unfaithful, God is faithful.

Practical Application

  1. Count your many blessings. Pray them one by one!
  2. Our travels in the wilderness are not across God-forsaken land.


  1. Where are the three longest Old Testament prayers found?
  2. Why are the people praying at this time?
  3. Name the two rivers mentioned in this passage. Locate them on the map. Where do these rivers meet?
  4. This river junction was located in ancient times in ________________. In modern times this area is in the country of ____________.
  5. What are the benefits of God’s laws? Why do some people consider God’s laws to be oppressive?
  6. How did the Israelites show their unfaithfulness in the wilderness?
  7. How did God show His faithfulness in this situation?


  1. Daniel 9, Ezra 9, and Nehemiah 9, with Nehemiah 9 being the longest.
  2. The wall had been built, revival had taken place, and this prayer was in the context of confession and worship.
  3. The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, which met at Ur of the Chaldees
  4. Babylon; Iraq
  5. God’s laws are good, and as we are obedient to them we find freedom and fulfillment. By knowledge and obedience we can be all that God designed and intended for us. Some people think God’s Laws take away their freedom – they want to do their own thing.
  6. They murmured and complained; they were rebellious, and their hearts were hardened. They were proud and forgetful of God’s goodness to them.
  7. God was faithful in spite of their unfaithfulness. He gave His Spirit to instruct them. He led them by a pillar of cloud during the day and by a pillar of fire by night. He gave them manna from heaven and water from a rock – He met all their needs!


  1. Does God lead us through the wilderness today? Recall examples of God’s leading in your life.
  2. The Israelites seemed to idealize their life in Egypt, that it wasn’t so bad after all. Do you ever do this?


  1. Consider God’s faithfulness to you, even when you have been unfaithful to Him. Review your answer to #7. Does this sound familiar?

Key Verses

  • “You are a forgiving God, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in love.” Nehemiah 9:17

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