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on March 8, 2024 — by .
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2024 & book Nehemiah.

Enemies foiled

Nehemiah had solved the problem that caused the poor people to complain. The people had built the wall, but they had not finished the gates. But the enemies of the people did not give up. They still tried to stop the work. Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem were enemies of the rebuilding work, and Nehemiah’s leadership would not give in. But Nehemiah was fortified by prayer and total reliance on God. With the wall nearing completion, the enemies saw that their only hope lay in getting rid of Nehemiah himself. They tried to draw him out into the country where they could murder him, but Nehemiah was aware of their tricks (verses 1-4).

on March 7, 2024 — by .
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2024 & book Nehemiah.

Inner trouble

Yesterday, we looked at how Nehemiah confronted the issue of great opposition with prayer, strategy, and steadfastness. Today we turn to the problem of the tension that has developed over the years between the rich and the poor. Those in financial difficulty borrowed money from the rich to buy food and pay their land taxes to the Persian government. The rich took advantage of them by charging heavy interest.

on September 26, 2023 — by .
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & book Nehemiah.

Just and sincere Christian leadership

The wealthy Jews thought that they saw an opportunity to make a good profit. But they were doing this in a way that was unfair to the poorer Jews. In fact, the effect was often rather cruel.

This was another problem that Nehemiah dealt with- the tension that had developed over the years between the rich and the poor. Those in financial difficulty borrowed money from the rich to buy food and pay their land taxes to the Persian government. The rich took advantage of them by charging heavy interest. Then, when the poor could not pay, the rich took their land from them in payment, and in some cases took their children as slaves.