Old Testament Character Sketch
Name: Tyiania Johnson
Section: BIBL 104 -B06
Step One: Choose a person to study.
For this character-sketch Bible study I will be studying:
Step Two: Identify and list all the Bible passages on the person. You may find it helpful to use a Bible dictionary, Bible handbook, or a study Bible. Remember that some Old Testament characters are mentioned in the New Testament.
Neh 3: 1-32
Neh 4: 7-14
Neh 8: 3-6
Step Three: Read through each passage, making general observations based on first impressions. List (in complete sentences) at least 10 general observations from the Bible passages on your character.
Nehemiah was told by his brother in the moth of Chisleu that the wall of Jerusalem has been broken down and its gates burned with fire. (Neh 1:1-3)
Nehemiah was devastated by the news of Jerusalem wall, so he prayed to the Lord for the people of Israel day and night to confess their sins. (Neh 1:4-11)
During the month of Nisan Nehemiah asked Artaxerxes (the king) for permission to go to Jerusalem and rebuild the wall. The king granted his request and sent him to Jerusalem. (Neh 2:1-8)
Nehemiah has been in Jerusalem from three days inspecting the wall and recruiting men to help build it again. (Neh 2: 11-18)
Nehemiah and his men have begun to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem (Neh 3: 1-32)
Nehemiah is painted as a fearless leader when he stands up to Sanballat, Tobiah, and the Arabs (Neh 4: 7-14)
King Artaxerxes made Nehemiah governor of Judah, Nehemiah decide that he would no longer tax his people. (Neh 5:14-19)
Nehemiah and his men completed the wall in 52 days (Neh 6:15)
Ezra read the book of law at the assembly to all who could listen with understanding. (Neh 8: 3-6)
After the wall was complete Nehemiah gathered all the Israelites to celebrate their accomplishment. (Neh 8:1-12) (Hindson, p. 201)
Step Four: Ask the key questions and observe other structural or grammatical
Observations related to “Who?”
Who told Nehemiah that the walls to the city where his ancestors are buried, was broken down and the gates burned with fire?
Who granted Nehemiah permission to go to his ancestor’s city?
A. Observations related to “What?”
What kind of trouble did Nehemiah run into while rebuilding ?
What did Nehemiah do in the first three day of being in Jerusalem?
A. Observations related to “Where?”
Where did Sanballat and the enemies try to meet Nehemiah to harm him?
Where did nehemiah rebuild the wall?
A. Observations related to “When?”
When did Nehemiah and his men finish the wall?
When was Nehemiah made governor?
Observations related to “Why?”
After being made governor Nehemiah made a law to stop taxing his people. Why?
Why was Nehemiah painted as a fearless leader?
Step Five: Construct a timeline that details the life of your Bible personality.
500 BC- Birth of Nehemiah
445 BC- Nehemiah’s Prayer for the Exiles
444 BC-Artaxerxes Sends Nehemiah to Jerusalem
444 BC- Builders of the Walls Named
444 BC- Builders Overcome Ridicule
444 BC- Nehemiah Abolishes Debt and Bondage
444 BC- Sanballat’s Plot
444 BC- Completion of the Wall
444 BC- Census of Returned Exiles
444 BC- Ezra Reads the Law
444 BC- Israelites Fast and Repent
444 BC- Israelites Seal the Covenant
444 BC- People Settle in Jerusalem
432 BC- Nehemiah Restores Laws
413 BC – Nehemiah Dies
Step Six: Determine what Biblical wisdom can be gained from this character. Carefully look through your general observations based on your first impressions, your deeper study, and your timeline. What biblical wisdom can you gather about your character? Write out five elements of Biblical wisdom that can be understood from your character. Provide a concise explanation of each of these elements.
After Nehemiah heard the news of Jerusalem wall and gate being destroyed he began to pray to god day and night.
B. Nehemiah knew that praying for the Israelites to confess their sin against God was the first thing he needed to do.
C. When Sanballat and the enemies tried to meet with Nehemiah to harm him and stop him from finishing the wall, Nehemiah buckled down harder and refused to meet them.
D. Nehemiah no longer wished to see his people give up their money and land to the nobles, so he made a law.
E. Nehemiah got the Israelites to confess their sins to the Lord.
Step Seven: Ask, “How does this character’s life reflect other truths found in the Scriptures?” List and explain 3 truths from this person’s life that fit within all of the Bible. Your explanation must note how these truths fit the framework of God’s Word.
Nehemiah was a man of patience, and it is one of the reasons he is regarded as one of the greatest God-centered leaders of the Old Testament.
B. Nehemiah was appointed governor of Judea; and along with an escort, he was sent to his beloved city Jerusalem.
C. Nehemiah was empowered with strong conviction, determination and a deep sense of duty to the nation, but most of all to God.
Step Eight: Ask, “How does this character’s life point me to Jesus?” List and explain 3 ways the life of your character can point to the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Step Nine: What points of application can be made using the Four Common Questions? List and explain 1 point of application for each of the Four Common Questions.
A. The question of duty
B. The question of character
C. The question of cause
D. The question of discernment