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Now, my friends:
Let us continue to elaborate on the 'work' of 'Nehemiah', for the Lord, seeing that the LORD was with him as he obeyed.
In Chapter 5, Nehemiah had organized the work well. He had selected guards to protect the people from their enemies. But there were other problems too. The wealthy Jews thought that they saw an opportunity to make a good profit. But they were doing this in a way that was unfair to the poorer Jews. In fact, the effect was often rather cruel. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
So the poor people began to complain. There was a famine in the country and some of the people were hungry. They could not afford to buy the food that they needed for their families. They could not afford to pay their taxes either. Also, because they were building the city wall, they were not able to do other work. So probably, they were not able to grow their own food. And they had no money to buy food. They had to ask the richer people to lend them money.
Some of the poor people even had to sell their property. If they still did not have enough money, they would have to sell their sons and daughters as slaves. They did not think that this was right. And they could see that the rich people were making profits from this situation. So the poor people became angry and they complained. This was an opportunity for the rich people to become even richer. They knew that the poor people were desperate. So the rich people were forcing the poor people to pay too much money for their loans. Nehemiah would set an example for others to follow.
In Chapter 6, Nehemiah had solved the problem that caused the poor people to complain. The people had built the wall, but they had not finished the gates. But the enemies of the people did not give up. They still tried to stop the work. The devil always opposes God’s work. But God wanted the Jews to become a nation again. He had a plan to save the world by means of a Jew. That Jew was Jesus Christ.
As then, so even today, people were willing to work with the devil in order to oppose God’s work. That is very sad. The devil sent enemies like Sanballat and Tobiah to the Jews from the nations near them. The devil also caused trouble among the Jews themselves. And the devil used the Jews who had become Tobiah’s relatives. Then those Jews believed Tobiah’s lies. And they told him what Nehemiah was saying. But God helped Nehemiah and the Jews who worked with him. And so they finished the construction of the wall.
Take you time and review all, glancing through the Book of Ezra as well as Esther, as well. You will get a better understanding as we are now discuss the 'final touches' through 'Nehemiah'.
Do you see how the entire Holy Bible can provide guidance in our lives, for 'there is nothing new under the sun'. [Ecclesiastes 1:9 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html] Amen. Amen.
Notice what occurs with a 'dedicated' leader who one is foolish not to follow in his zeal! Now, who is our Leader? Amen. Amen.
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