Summary: Internal problems are often what stops the work of God.
I. THE COMPLAINT OF THE POOR (1-5)
A. There was a shortage of food. (2)
B. There were those who mortgaged their property. (3)
C. There were those who borrowed money. (4)
D. Because of the money loaned, the rich Jews were
taking over the lands of the poor Jews, and some of
the poor Jews' children were being sold into slavery
because of the debts. (5)
II. THE CONFRONTATION OF THE OFFENDERS (6-11)
A. Nehemiah confronted those who were sinning against
1. He pointed out their sin in a great public
2. He demanded that they make things right (11)
III. THE CORRECTION OF THE PROBLEM (12-13)
A. Those who were doing wrong were convicted and promised
to fix the problem.
IV. THE CONDUCT OF NEHEMIAH (14-19)
A. Nehemiah practiced what he preached.
1. As governor, he did not require the traditional
2. He did not needlessly add to the financial burden
of the people, although he could have.
B. The reason he acted this way was because of his fear
for the Lord (Vs. 15).