Summary: Remaining true to the covenant of holiness with God.

  Study Tools
  Study Tools



* Gen. William Booth of the Salvation Army: “I want you young men always to bear in mind that it is in the nature of a fire to go out; you must keep it stirred and fed and the ashes removed.”

* Nehemiah had left Jerusalem to return to King Artaxerxes.

* While gone, Israel slipped from the commitments made in chp. 10.

* He returns to Jerusalem and leads them back (sometimes forcibly) to faithfulness.

1. Separation Reestablished

* This is done to bring holiness to the people.

A) No Ammonites or Moabites in the assembly - v.1-3

* They had not given food or water to Israelites while in the Exodus and had sent Balaam to curse them.

* They became the enemies of God’s people.

* The “assembly” was the ceremonial worship.

B) Tobiah evicted from the house of God - v.4-9

* Eliashib the high priest has given Tobiah the Ammonite one of the treasury rooms to live in.

* Not only had he allowed an Ammonite into the assembly, but had let him take residence in the place of worship.

* He is given a place of AUTHORITY.

* Neh.’s eviction notice to Tobiah: Furniture in the street

* The room is purified.

C) Halt to intermarriage - v.23-29

* This was to prevent influence of idolatry (Deut. 7:3-4).

* Ammonites did child sacrifice to Molech.

* Moabites did child sacrifice to Chemosh.

* Nehemiah uses force to shame the men by plucking out the hair of their beards.

* Reminds them that King Solomon was led to idolatry by a pagan wife.

> No influence of sin in our worship.

> No enemies residing in God’s house with authority.

> No influence of sin in our homes.

* This means to rid ourselves of the things that we invite in and cause temptation.

- Pornography by magazine or internet.

- Violent movies or TV shows

- Unwholesome relationships with co-workers.

- Alcohol and drugs

- Engaging in unwholesome conversations.

2. Sabbath Reestablish - v.15-22

* This is done to bring honor to God.

* It is wicked to desecrate what God has sanctified.

- Desecrate = make common what is holy.

* Nehemiah warns, rebukes, reminds (v.18), orders (doors to be closed), and runs off traders (no sinful influence).

* Sabbath = holy day of rest and worship.

* KEY: Don’t do on Sunday what can be done anyday.

* Attitude toward the Lord’s Day is an indicator of our spiritual maturity.

> We must see worship as a high priority.

- No “consumer” mentality.

- We come to BRING honor to God.

> Remove your blinders and inhibitions and lift your praise to God.

> Our level of worship tells of our level of faith and understanding.

> Set the example for your family, children, and friends.

3. Support Reestablished

* This is done to bring honesty to the people.

A) Caring for the ministry and ministers - v.10-11

* When Levites had left for work in fields, Nehemiah’s question was, “Why is the house of God neglected?”

* If Levites did not have enough to live on, then their ministry would be left undone while they worked in the fields.

* 1 Cor. 9:7-12a - Don’t muzzle the ox...

B) Physical work - v.13

* Nehemiah appointed 4 men as treasurers.

Download Sermon With PRO View On One Page With PRO
Browse All Media

Related Media

Talk about it...

Nobody has commented yet. Be the first!

Join the discussion