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God wants us to be brave enough to do things his way.
Today, we’re going to learn about a guy named Nehemiah. Nehemiah had a very interesting job. He was a cupbearer. His job was to drink the king’s wine to make sure it wasn’t poisonous! Think about how scary that job would be. Nehemiah knew that every time he tested the wine, he could die from a poison that was meant to kill the king. The king respected Nehemiah, so when Nehemiah asked him for a favor, the king was willing to grant it. Nehemiah wanted to go back to Jerusalem to help build the wall that had been torn down, just like the temple. A city couldn’t be protected from the enemy without a good wall to protect it. So, Nehemiah led a group of men to rebuild the wall. And, while they built the wall, they had to fight off attackers who were trying to hurt them! Nehemiah was very brave. He had to be brave to be a cupbearer and he had to be brave to build a wall while being attacked by the enemy. But, God was with him and protected him. And God is with you, so you can be brave too!