Nehemiah  – A PLEA FOR INTEGRITY AND COMMITMENT

Read: Nehemiah 5:12-13 People who lack integrity cannot be taken at their word. So although the rich people had already promised to right the wrongs they had committed, Nehemiah still made them stand in front of the priests and promise to give back the properties they...

Nehemiah  – CONFRONTING WRONGDOING

Read: Nehemiah 5:9-12 Nehemiah does not sugarcoat the problem. The rich have become even richer because they have put liens on the property that the poor owned. Now, most of the houses and vineyards belong to the powerful folks. The Bible tells us that it is wrong to...

Nehemiah  – A CITY “COUNSEL” MEETING

Read: Nehemiah 5:6-8 What do you do when your team appears to be rooting for the opposition? That’s the way it must have seemed to Nehemiah as the rich Jews oppressed the poorer ones until they were so impoverished they were being sold into slavery. It angered...

Nehemiah  – FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS—UNFAIR POLICIES

Read: Nehemiah 5:1-5 It was bad enough that Nehemiah had to contend with outside hostility, but in his very own camp the people were complaining that the rich were taking advantage of the poorer Jews by charging them exorbitant interest rates on money they borrowed....

Nehemiah – BRICK BY BRICK—A SACRIFICIAL TASK

Read: Nehemiah 4:21-23 Doing the same tasks day after day from sunup to sundown can become monotonous. But carrying out those tasks with the threat of death hanging over one’s head can be downright dangerous. Why did the people continue? It was a sacrifice of love....
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