Moments With Pastor: The Words of Nehemiah
The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,
The Words of Nehemiah
The Holy Bible is the Divinely inspired Word of God. These ‘words’ are the words that God impressed onto the mind of Nehemiah. He translated the ‘impressed’ words of God into black print on paper. We have them today in our Bible. Written around 440 BC—over 2450 years ago, they are still as current and powerful as they were then. God’s Word never gets antiquated, worn out, nor irrelevant.
Consider these verses: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: II Timothy 3:16
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Hebrews 1:1-2
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. II Peter 1:20-21
So, when Nehemiah sat down to write this Book, it was God Who was impressing on his mind—not just the thoughts, but indeed the actual words—that he was to write. He became a part of the 40 men, living over a span of 1600 years on three different continents, and from different backgrounds and occupations, to write the 66 books of the Bible.
God has also divinely PRESERVED His word. A study of the many partial manuscripts, the Dead Sea scrolls, and the translations into other languages as far back as before Christ was born causes us to marvel that we hold in our hands the divinely preserved words that were originally written down by these early authors.