“Nearly 100 years after the first wave of Jews return from exile in what is now Iraq, they have a temple in Jerusalem. But they have no protection for it, or for the people living there. The city walls are a wreck – either from recent attacks or from the Babylonian invasion nearly 150 years earlier.” – Stephen M Miller
Nehemiah had a lot of courage to ask the king for such a big favor.
Not only did he ask to leave but he asked for all the supplies needed as well.
Nehemiah was the king’s cup-bearer.
It took a miracle to build in 52 days.
It took a lot of courage for such a difficult task.
PreK Craft Idea:
Could write “Nehemiah built the wall” on them and have the kids decorate hammers. Not Biblically accurate but it would help them remember.
Action Game Idea:
Form two teams. Nehemiahs and Neighbours
You’ll need cups as well as either wads of paper or the black pom poms in the youth supply room.
Separate the two teams with a line on the floor. The Neighbours are not allowed to cross the line. The Nehemiahs can cross the line but only to yell and wave their hands.
The Nehemiahs try to build a wall out of the cups and the neighbours try to tear the wall down by throwing wads of paper (or pom poms) at it.
Discussion Game Idea:
Nehemiah faced a difficult task. He had to not only ask the King for time off (from a high position that could save the King’s life) but he also needed additional resources that were expensive. Once he overcame one difficult task he learned it was only the beginning because now he faced the other tasks of building the wall and keeping his men alive.
Ask the children about times in their lives when they faced a difficult task. Pair the kids up to form teams of two. Give one kid on each team a piece of masking tape and then say “Let’s do something challenging now. Stick your masking tape on your partner’s back between his or her shoulders.
Give them time to do this.
Then say The partner with the tape will have 30 seconds to try to get the piece of tape off – without using his or her hands. Ready, go!
Allow them time to figure this out and even get frustrated. If no one figures out the secret, switch rolls and have a piece of tape put on the back of the next person in the team.
The secret, ASK THE PARTNER TO PULL THE TAPE OFF.