A Family Tradition
August 28, 2011 Series: Rise Up and Build
Topic: Sermons Passage: Nehemiah 5:1–5:19
This week we continue our study of the book of Nehemiah. Although Nehemiah has averted the attacks of Sanballet and the rebuilding of the wall is well on its way, once again our story takes a turn for the worse. The irony is, however, that this time the tribulation is coming from inside the camp.
For the first time in this story the malaise of the Jewish people is a result of their own flesh and blood, their Jewish brothers and sisters! The wealthy in the nation of Israel are exploiting the needy to the extent that the needy are fearing for their very lives and crying out in desperation for help.
But once again it is Nehemiah to the rescue. Instead of acting like the typical tyrant of his day, Nehemiah intervenes as a gracious father and a sacrificial brother and eases the suffering of the people.