My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Nehemiah 5

The poor

The Jews started complaining that they had no money, and were all in debt. Nehemiah got angry with the official who had allowed this to happen. He made everyone make a promise to return debts and give back land.

Later, Nehemiah was appointed to be governor over Judah for twelve years. He didn't eat the governors food, but shared it with the poor and continued to work on the wall.

Key verse:
15. But the earlier governors—those preceding me—placed a heavy burden on the people and took forty shekels of silver from them in addition to food and wine. Their assistants also lorded it over the people. But out of reverence for God I did not act like that.

My thoughts:
Nehemiah must be in high repute to get such a government position. He is a good man who is devoted to restoring God's people, and he is not corrupted by wealth or power. It's good that the Persian government recognises this.


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