For some said, We, our sons and daughters, are many; therefore allow us to take grain, that we may eat and live! If we are not given grain, let us take it!
Also some said, We are mortgaging our lands, vineyards, and houses to buy grain because of the scarcity.
Others said, We have borrowed money on our fields and vineyards to pay the king's heavy tax.
Although our flesh is the same as that of our brethren and our children are as theirs, yet we are forced to sell our children as slaves; some of our daughters have already been thus sold, and we are powerless to redeem them, for others have our lands and vineyards.
I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.
I thought it over and then rebuked the nobles and officials. I told them, You are exacting interest from your own kinsmen. And I held a great assembly against them.
I said to them, We, according to our ability, have bought back our Jewish brethren who were sold to the nations; but will you even sell your brethren, that they may be sold to us? Then they were silent and found not a word to say.
Also I said, What you are doing is not good. Should you not walk in the fear of our God to prevent the taunts and reproach of the nations, our enemies?
I, my brethren, and my servants are lending them money and grain. Let us stop this forbidden interest!
Return this very day to them their fields, vineyards, olive groves, and houses, and also a hundredth of all the money, grain, new wine, and oil that you have exacted from them.
Then they said, We will restore these and require nothing from them. We will do as you say. Then I called the priests and took an oath of the lenders that they would do according to this promise.
I shook out my lap and said, So may God shake out every man from his house and from his labor who does not keep this promise! So may he be shaken out and emptied. And all the assembly said, Amen, and praised the Lord. And the people did according to this promise.
Also, in the twelve years after I was appointed to be their governor in Judah, from the twentieth to the thirty-second year of King Artaxerxes, neither I nor my kin ate the food allowed to the governor.
But the former governors lived at the expense of the people and took from them food and wine, besides forty shekels of silver ; yes, even their servants assumed authority over the people. But I did not so because of my fear of God.
I also held fast to the work on this wall; and we bought no land. And all my servants were gathered there for the work.
And there were at my table 150 Jews and officials, besides those who came to us from the nations about us.
Now these were prepared for each day: one ox and six choice sheep; also fowls were prepared for me, and once in ten days a store of all sorts of wine. Yet for all this, I did not demand the food allowed me as governor, for the bondage was heavy upon this people.
O my God, remember me for good for all I have done for this people.
Summary: What happens when you’re successful?
It might look differently you imagined… but let’s expect that you’re efforts will have an impact for good in the world… or at least in one person’s world. That’s called success.
Summary: Many of us are challenged with resolving conflicts and still honoring God. In his life, even as the governor of Jerusalem charged with helping the people, Nehemiah still ONLY wanted God’s approval … is that what we desire also?
Summary: Here we find a whole series of problems of economic injustice that are brought to Nehemiah. Nehemiah's solution is to call them back to the original God had given Israel and to recommit himself and his leadership team to following these laws themselves.
Summary: Nehemiah had something beyond the authority that went with being a governor. He had something that had taken him over time, actually, and we learn later on about twelve years to fully earn. He had credibility
Summary: God cares for the poor and oppressed; one of the most prominent themes in the Bible is our response toward the poor. It is the duty of God’s people to provide for those in need as best as we can with compassion, following the example of Nehemiah.
Summary: When serving God conflict and attack from the enemy is expected, what we do NOT expect is the enemy using our own to attack. We must meet this challenge of internal conflict and Nehemiah gives us a template on how this can be done... meet it with honesty
Summary: There is a direct correlation between the effectiveness of our mission and how we treat each other. We must be the church before we can build the church. We must care for one another before we can hope to reach this community and
county for Christ
Summary: The greatest problem in ministry is often the fight within. Beware of the seeds of discontent, distrust and rivalry that the evil One can sow within the Body of Christ. Don't let selfishness gets the better of us.
Summary: Anytime you think the Bible is out of date & doesn’t deal with contemporary problems just go back & read Nehemiah. The problems Nehemiah & the people faced are some of the same problems people face today. (Powerpoints available - #320)
Summary: God threw His Son into the waters of sin to save us from drowning. Now, what can He do for us who are drowning in debt and financial bondage? Here's the steps to freedom! Link inc. to formatted text, audio/video, PowerPoint.
Summary: If we want to do God’s work in God’s way, we won’t have any parade leaders. We will only have real, committed leaders who are burdened by God, are committed to the Great Commission and are not distracted by discouragement or opposition. We will only have
Summary: We are constantly surrounded by injustice in our world today. It has been that way since the fall and will continue to be that way until Christ returns. So how should we deal with it? As a leader, you are called to respond to injustice like Nehemiah di
Summary: In support of property redevelopment in this church: God will remember us, as will this community, if we build with human needs in mind, if we build unselfishly, and if we build for future generations.