Bible Passage: Nehemiah 3–6; 12:27-43
Memory Verse: Psalm 100:4
Bible Truth
God protected His people.

Lesson Introduction:
You might remember from the last study that we’re in the Book of Nehemiah. This historical book shows us how God guides people. Today, we’ll look at the story of Nehemiah leading the people to rebuild the wall around Jerusalem.

Today, we’re going to talk about a group of people led by a man who trusted God. They had many challenges, but were able to persevere with the job they had been given. When they succeeded, they celebrated what God had done with music. Cymbals like these were used to celebrate and make music during Bible times.

Watch Joel’s video, and then continue below!

Discuss these questions together as a family:

Who did Joel visit?
What does Steve do?
How long does it take Steve to restore a car?
How long did it take Nehemiah and his helpers to rebuild the wall?

Last week, we learned that God answered Nehemiah’s prayer to go to Jerusalem to help rebuild the walls around the city. Today, we’ll see how God guided the people to complete that task. 

Read Nehemiah 4:10-11. Not only were the people discouraged by how difficult the work was, they were also in terrible danger from people trying to kill them and stop their progress. Nehemiah encouraged them to trust God. Notice what happened next. Read Nehemiah 4:15-20 (or have your child read)! The people demonstrated strength. They knew God would give them victory if they were attacked. It must have been very difficult to work as hard as they did under those circumstances. However, they trusted God, and God gave them success.

Have your child read Nehemiah 6:15-16 if they are able (help them if they struggle). After being in ruins for 150 years, God led the city walls to be restored in only 52 days! That’s less than two months! Talk about how much trust it must have taken for the people to rebuild the wall in that short amount of time under such dangerous conditions. We can trust God even when we feel like things are impossible. God will protect us and help us obey the same way He helped Nehemiah and the people.

Use these questions for more Bible study together as a family!

  1. What did Nehemiah lead the people to rebuild? (The walls and gates of Jerusalem, Nehemiah 2:17; 3–6)
  2. While half of the men worked on the wall, what did the other half do? (They stood guard, Nehemiah 4:16)
  3. What musician stayed with Nehemiah in case their enemies attacked them? (A trumpet player, Nehemiah 4:18)
  4. Name one of the men who sent a message to Nehemiah. (Sanballat and Geshem, Nehemiah 6:2)
  5. How many times did Sanballat and Geshem send the same message to Nehemiah? (Four, Nehemiah 6:4)
  6. What rumor did Sanballat and Geshem threatened to tell the king? (That Nehemiah wanted to be king and was leading the people to rebel, Nehemiah 6:6-7)
  7. Did Sanballat and Geshem stop Nehemiah? (No, Nehemiah 6:3,8-9)
  8. How many days did it take the workers to rebuild the wall? (52 days, Nehemiah 6:15)
  9. When the enemies of the Jewish people heard the wall was finished in 52 days, how did they respond? (They were afraid because they knew God was with the Jewish people, Nehemiah 6:16)
  10. How did the people celebrate? (They played music, sang songs, praised God, and walked around the wall; Nehemiah 12:27,31,38)

Use the bible story picture to engage your child as you tell them the story about the new walls for the city.


Focus in on these Bible Story Nuggets as you are telling the story:

People built walls and gates.
Nehemiah and the people celebrated.
People thanked God.


  1. How did the people rebuild the walls?
  2. What did the people do when the walls were built?