During last night’s discussion on Ruth, I had several thoughts come to me about the story of Ruth, especially as a polemic way of righting wrongs and standing against political oppression. These are just thoughts, and I am in no way interested in becoming a Ruth-io-blogger, but it is a fascinating book nevertheless, even with […]
Nehemiah has taken a back seat to God’s reformation of Jerusalem, more so than he already had. Scant evidence of Nehemiah is found in a large portion of the book. His story is like that of other great men and women of God – little is known, if anything at all, of them and their […]
So now today we are slaves in the land of plenty that you gave our ancestors for their enjoyment! We are slaves here in this good land. The lush produce of this land piles up in the hands of the kings whom you have set over us because of our sins. They have power over us […]
As I reading Nehemiah, I came across this interesting verse: Three families of priests– Hobaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai– also returned. (This Barzillai had married a woman who was a descendant of Barzillai of Gilead, and he had taken her family name.) (Neh 7:63 NLT) Why do you think he did that and why do you […]
The Walls were finished; a civilian ruled Jerusalem; people were coming back to the City. It was time to celebrate.
Nehemiah was fresh off the conflict from within the City, now he had to face the conflict from without. As the last bricks were being laid, the enemies round about Jerusalem began to conspire to create problems. All work must be stopped for the good of the enemy!
Really, if you think about it, most projects, church or otherwise, comes down to money. The same was true of the people of the City. After a while, mortgage payments came due. Food bills came due. Money was needed to keep going. The rich people of the city began to take advantage of the situation […]
Nehemiah’s work was going well, the wall was built up half-way it’s needed height all around the city. The people were enthusiastic. Work was moving along fine. Then, the reality of the situation set in – not for the Jewish people, but for the enemies round about. These poor, defeated Jews were going to pull […]
Nehemiah was ready to build, and did so in a divine rhythm. He started with the Sheep Gate, the place where the animal sacrifices where first brought, then he moved the wall to the two military towers. He started building the holiness defense first, then the physical defense. For God, then against man. The walls […]