Today you should read: Nehemiah 5
Let me recap for you… so far in the book of Nehemiah:
- Nehemiah – God’s man for the hour – was a captive in Babylon, when he heard of the bad state of affairs in his homeland Jerusalem (Chapter 1)
- When he heard he wept and prayed (Chapter 1)
- Nehemiah, the cupbearer to the king, went before him and asked for a leave of absence and supplies to repair the broken wall in Jerusalem (Chapter 2)
- He was granted his request (unbelievable) and he traveled to Jerusalem to inspect the damage (Chapter 2)
- In Chapter 3, the rebuilding begins. Nehemiah, being an incredible leader, motivates the people to help him and the repair happens quickly (Chapter 3)
- Satan (and his team) always opposes the work of God. The opposition begins in Chapter 4.
Nehemiah, who is also temporary governor of this land, is faced with a horrible situation. The Jews, in desperation to feed their families, have spent everything they had and mortgaged their fields, vineyards, and homes to get food during the famine (v.3). Now they were forced to sell their children into slavery to survive.
Nehemiah is irate! The ones charging the interest were other Jewish people!! Nehemiah took them to task and told them to stop it and release their brothers from this bondage.
Why did they listen? What right did he have to ask this? He was a man of character, and they knew it. For twelve years – as governor – he took no wage (v.14) and he and his officials had paid off the great debt they previously had to foreigners and freed them out of his own pocket. This gave him tremendous credibility with these men.
Nehemiah’s godly life paid great dividends. What about you? Are you a person of character? Does your life show Jesus in such a way that those in your family, those you work with, those you live around have great respect for you?
Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Posted by: Tim Parsons