This study was very satisfying and rewarding on several fronts, not only for myself, but for a few dear people in which is has been shared. The beginning of the Series is actually the twelfth (12th) print, being shown the very center portion of the verse:
And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers’ sepulchres, that I may build it.
Nehemiah 2:5 | King James Version
Nehemiah is my absolute favorite Bible character for many reasons, of which one of them is his short, but pointed/powerful prayers. Those times when his words were very straight, powerful and plain came from much time in prayer to his Heavenly Father and LORD – not because he just said short prayers. A person with a deep prayer and communication time with the Creator God of All, will not have to have flowery, powdery words in order to express their already soft heart to Him.
Each of the verses chosen for this Series have a captivating and compelling reason to be included, for there were 173 passages to be combed through, which included more than 300 verses in context to consider before narrowing them down to the twelve presented. This Series is presented with only one verse out of order, which would be to present number twelve (12) as the first in the Series, then follow it with the remaining eleven (11) in biblical reference order. Each verse is marked with the deciding impact point and the highlight of the verse.
The deciding impact is the reason the verse was chosen, while the impact point is what appears larger on the print than the rest of the verse. The verse appear in order of review, NOT in order of the designs printed.
The initial decision to develop this Series is centered around the very first verse reviewed: Nehemiah chapter 2 verse 5, which became the theme verse.
Theme/Series Verse of Scripture
12 | And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers’ sepulchres, that I may build it.
Nehemiah 2:5 | King James Version
Word | Find & Favour [pm, all words] — 10 verses
08 | For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
Proverbs 3:2-4 | King James Version
09 | Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.
Proverbs 8:34-35 | King James Version
10 | Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.
Proverbs 18:22 | King James Version
Word | Favour [pm] — 91 verses
02 | Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, and hast fenced me with bones and sinews. Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit. And these things hast thou hid in thine heart: I know that this is with thee.
Job 10:11-13 | King James Version
03 | He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness. He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not; He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.
Job 33:26-28 | King James Version
04 | But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
Psalm 5:11-12 | King James Version
06 | Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Psalm 30:4-5 | King James Version
07 | Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the LORD be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.
Psalm 35:27-28 | King James Version
11 | A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. The rich and poor meet together: the LORD is the maker of them all.
Proverbs 22:1-2 | King James Version
Word | Thy & Sight [pm, all words] — 71 verses
01 | O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer.
Nehemiah 1:11 | King James Version
05 | Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalm 19:14 | King James Version
A number of these were so powerful that they led to making the effort to search them out and make application to others with communication to them. One of those is with a dear friend who will know who he is when he reads this – a Brother whom I love dearly. Difficulty comes in our lives often times when we least expect it or believe we are least prepared, especially when we are about to lose something very precious to us. There are those that are of the notion that God would never bring us anything that we are not capable of handling, that could possibly break us into bits or that might would bury us alive in the process – they are wrong.
In working on this Series, Nehemiah was a man that captivated my attention for certain, but my mind almost skipped over a man who stands just as tall and prayed with just as much agony, Job. One will notice with a careful look, there are only four books in the Bible used for this Series: Nehemiah, Job, Psalms, and Proverbs – in that order. It wasn’t by accident it happened that way, but it did take me somewhat by surprise that it ended in such a manner. A VERY powerful statement is made at the end of the second reference for this Series which was shared with that Dear Brother who is heavy of heart:
…I know that this is with thee. [Job 10:13b | King James Bible]
While we will never full understand this side of Heaven and the Eternal divide why some things happen the way they do, one this is for certain – we can be rest assured that God knows what He is doing and none of this catches Him by surprise. Job had NO idea what was happening, why it was happening to him, where the challenges were being directed from, who were the reasoning requestors, nor how it would end up – but he knew God was in the midst of the situations and it was under control.