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Summary: CLEANSING THE TEMPLE

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THROUGH THE RASCALS OUT

OBSERVATION: NEHEMIAH WAS A JEWISH CAPTIVE AND CUPBEARER TO KING ARTAXERXES, KING OF PERSIA. HE RECEIVED WORD OF SCANDALOUS ACTIVITIES IN THE TEMPLE AT JERUSALEM. MOST SCHOLARS DATE THE WRITING ABOUT 430 B.C.

INTERPRETATION: NEHEMIAH 13: 10-14

ALL TEMPLE WORSHIP REQUIREMENTS APPLIED TO JEWS (LEVITES) ONLY (NEHEMIAH 12:44-47).

THE HIGH PRIEST, ELIASHIB, ALLIED WITH TOBIAH, AN AMMONITE. TOBIAH AGGRESSIVELY TOOK CHARGE OF THE STOREHOUSE OBVIOUSLY TO BENEFIT HIMSELF. TOBIAH CUT OFF ALL BENEFITS TO THE REMAINING PRIEST FORCING THEM TO LEAVE THE TEMPLE.

NEHEMIAH AGGRESSIVELY RECTIFIED ALL THE ISSUES BY EXPELLING TOBIAH, REINSTATING THE DEPARTED PRIESTS IN ADDITION TO INSTALLING NEW ADMINISTRATIVE PRIESTS (NEHEMIAH 13:13).

APPLICATION: NEVER LET A TOBIAH SPIRIT CAPTURE YOUR HEART, YOUR THOUGHTS. LET THIS MIND BE IN YOU WHICH WAS IN CHRIST JESUS (PHILIPPIANS 2:5).


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