The Story:
Discussing Chapter 21

by Living Springs Community Church on April 17, 2016


“The Story” is an opportunity to experience the Bible in its chronological order. The Living Springs family is reading The Story together during the week, and our Sunday messages will help us process and apply what we’ve been reading. If you are in a group or family that is studying The Story together, you can use the questions below to spark discussion.

Chapter 21: Rebuilding the Walls

Based on Ezra 7; Nehemiah 1, 2, 6, 7, and 8; Malachi 1–4

  • Second return of exiles to Jerusalem under Ezra
  • Last group of exiles return to Jerusalem under Nehemiah
  • Exiles face opposition in rebuilding the wall
  • Jerusalem’s wall rebuilt
  • Malachi’s ministry

Breaking the ice

What’s the most extensive remodeling or construction project you have been involved in?

Digging in

At this point, it had been 80 years since King Cyrus first gave permission for the exiles to return to Jerusalem. Zerubbabel was among the first to go, and he took 50,000 with him. Later, King Artaxerxes authorized Exra to take a second contingent and Nehemiah to take 42,000 exiles and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Nehemiah rebuilt the walls, and Ezra set out to rebuild God’s people.


  1. List the three things Ezra devoted himself to (p. 292).
  2. Why is it important for teachers to be like Ezra— “well-versed” and “learned” in God’s Word (p. 291)?
  3. Why do you think Nehemiah chose not to reveal to anyone the plan that God had put in his heart (p. 295-296)?
  4. Nehemiah prayed for protection but he also posted guards. Does this show a lack of faith?
  5. What do you learn from Nehemiah about leadership?


Pray for your leaders—in your family, your school, your community, and our nation.

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