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Nehemiah as a necessary link in the history of God’s dealings towards Jerusalem
The Book of Nehemiah will require but few remarks; but it is important to establish its import. It is a necessary link in the history of God’s dealings, in the recital of His patience and loving-kindness towards Jerusalem, which He had chosen.
The rebuilding of the temple and reestablishment of the law recorded in Ezra
In Ezra we have seen the temple rebuilt and the authority of the law reestablished among the people, who are again separated from the Gentiles, and set apart for God.
The rebuilding of the walls of the city, the people’s civil condition restored, recorded in Nehemiah
In Nehemiah we witness the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem, and the restoration of what may be termed the civil condition of the people, but under circumstances that definitely prove their subjection to the Gentiles.