Ancient Paths Title

Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it.  —Jeremiah 6:16


Messenger: Nehemiah
Focus: Rebuilding of Jerusalem
Time Period: 445 BC

Nehemiah Leads the Exiles Back to Jerusalem



Jerusalem had become a shame in the earth because of Judah’s rebellion, but the Lord raised up Nehemiah to return and rebuild the city’s broken walls.


In just 52 days, with the supernatural help of the Lord, the wall was completed. The following week the whole assembly gathered, and Ezra the priest reads the Law of Moses before them from dawn until noon.


Upon hearing the words their hearts were deeply moved and they wept, for many of them had never heard the word of God before. Judah repented of their rebellion and the Lord reestablishes the city of Jerusalem. They worshiped the Lord by keeping Sukkot, the feast of booths.

“And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, 'This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn nor weep.' For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law. Then he said to them, 'Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.'”
—Nehemiah 8:9–10