Return to Vision: A Series from NehemiahJuly 11, 2021 / Nehemiah 2:11-20: Proverbs 29:18
Return to VISION – Nehemiah 2:11-20
11 So I arrived in Jerusalem. Three days later, 12 I slipped out during the night, taking only a few others with me. I had not told anyone about the plans God had put in my heart for Jerusalem. We took no pack animals with us except the donkey I was riding.
13 After dark I went out through the Valley Gate, past the Jackal’s Well, and over to the Dung Gate to inspect the broken walls and burned gates. 14 Then I went to the Fountain Gate and to the King’s Pool, but my donkey couldn’t get through the rubble. 15 So, though it was still dark, I went up the Kidron Valley instead, inspecting the wall before I turned back and entered again at the Valley Gate.
16 The city officials did not know I had been out there or what I was doing, for I had not yet said anything to anyone about my plans. I had not yet spoken to the Jewish leaders—the priests, the nobles, the officials, or anyone else in the administration. 17 But now I said to them, “You know very well what trouble we are in. Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire. Let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and end this disgrace!” 18 Then I told them about how the gracious hand of God had been on me, and about my conversation with the king.
They replied at once, “Yes, let’s rebuild the wall!” So they began the good work.
19 But when Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem the Arab heard of our plan, they scoffed contemptuously. “What are you doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” they asked.
20 I replied, “The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, his servants, will start rebuilding this wall. But you have no share, legal right, or historic claim in Jerusalem.”
Proverbs 29:18 in the KJV says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish…”
The Bible is full of experiences:
Peter, on the day of Pentecost, quoted the old testament prophet Joel 2:28
Nehemiah’s vision was straightforward:
If God gives you a vision, you can guarantee God will until that vision is fulfilled!
Nehemiah shows us that vision
Vision is confirmed through
Vision takes time to
If you are following a vision from God, you WILL encounter .
Why must we return to vision? Because vision tells us that God’s not done with us yet!