Epistles of Thomas

November 20, 2009

Nehemiah 4-6

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Their enemies taunted those rebuilding Jerusalem and threatened them physically. Nehemiah ensured the safety of the workers by taking precautions so that no one was working without being guarded by someone else prepared for battle. Then in chapter 5 he had to deal with internal strife between the rich and poor. The richer were lending money to those less fortunate with interest rates attached. Nehemiah challenged them to return the people’s property and land and they agreed. Nehemiah also refused to accept his due as governor because the people were hard pressed.

Nehemiah was continually under threat and the schemes of their enemies but he refused to waver from his mission. The wall was completed in 52 days and “When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God” (6:16).

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