#BAM #INYOFACEDEVIL Bible Study
w/Dr. June Knight
Learn how God HATES POLLUTED WATERS – MIXING – TAINTING!
We learn how Nehemiah’s day is just like ours! They had a polluted church and nation. Nehemiah repented to God then turned around and told the remnant…LET’S BUILD AND LEAVE THE OTHERS (WICKED) TO THEIR DEVICES. Do you know that God turned around and blessed them tremendously! They BUILT in the midst of the judgment! It does not stop our mission! #awesome
Nehemiah hears of Jews’ struggle to rebuild Jerusalem. He fasts and prays to God, confesses sins on behalf of the Jews, asks God for mercy and help. He recalls Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 30, where the Lord says that if the exiled nation remembers Him, He will not forsake them in their distress.
Nehemiah is sad, and gets permission from the king to return to Jerusalem (‘the place of my fathers’ tombs’) to help rebuild it. He returns (with appropriate royal letters of permission to pass through the region), inspects the city secretly, meets with the leaders of Jerusalem and proposes to build a wall around the city. The rebuilding restarts, despite some local opposition.
The wall of Jerusalem And is gate is rebuilt by Levites, priests, and other Jewish people. The chapter lists the sections of the wall and who built them.
Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah and Ammoniste mock the Jews as they rebuild Jerusalem. Nehemiah prays as a form of defence against them. Sanballat and others are angered when the wall nears completion, and plan to attack. The Jews prepare defences (there are people on guard as the wll is built), and the plan to attack comes to nothing.
Some Jews have to mortgage their houses to eat and borrow money to pay taxes. Jews have become slaves to others because of financial difficulties. Nehemiah calls a meeting, urging lenders to cancel debts and not practise usury. Nehemiah does not tax the people, and prays that God may remember his good deeds.