Nehemiah Chapter 5

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Nehemiah 5

1 And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against their brethren the Jews.

2 For there were that said, We, our sons, and our daughters, are many: therefore we take up corn for them, that we may eat, and live.

3 Some also there were that said, We have mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy corn, because of the dearth.

4 There were also that said, We have borrowed money for the king’s tribute, and that upon our lands and vineyards.

5 Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children: and, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and some of our daughters are brought unto bondage already: neither is it in our power to redeem them; for other men have our lands and vineyards.

6 And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.

7 Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them.

8 And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing to answer.

9 Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies?

10 I likewise, and my brethren, and my servants, might exact of them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury.

11 Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and the oil, that ye exact of them.

12 Then said they, We will restore them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do as thou sayest. Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they should do according to this promise.

13 Also I shook my lap, and said, So God shake out every man from his house, and from his labour, that performeth not this promise, even thus be he shaken out, and emptied. And all the congregation said, Amen, and praised the Lord. And the people did according to this promise.

14 Moreover from the time that I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, from the twentieth year even unto the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that is, twelve years, I and my brethren have not eaten the bread of the governor.

15 But the former governors that had been before me were chargeable unto the people, and had taken of them bread and wine, beside forty shekels of silver; yea, even their servants bare rule over the people: but so did not I, because of the fear of God.

16 Yea, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought we any land: and all my servants were gathered thither unto the work.

17 Moreover there were at my table an hundred and fifty of the Jews and rulers, beside those that came unto us from among the heathen that are about us.

18 Now that which was prepared for me daily was one ox and six choice sheep; also fowls were prepared for me, and once in ten days store of all sorts of wine: yet for all this required not I the bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy upon this people.

19 Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.

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34 thoughts on “Nehemiah Chapter 5

  1. The beginning of this chapter reminded me of what Bishop Foster preached about last night. We must be concerned, protect and help our fellow brothers. We have to lead by example as Nehemiah says in verse 9 CEV ” I continued, “What you have done is wrong! We must honor our God by the way we live, so the Gentiles can’t find fault with us.” Help us Lord to lift each other up, be there for one another in every task, every opportunity and with a word of encouragement.

  2. The end of verse 15 in the NLT says, “But because I feared God, I did not act that way.” Nehemiah saw a problem among his fellow brothers as one verse said, and chose to address it with prayer and sacrifice on his own part.

  3. 5 Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children: and, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and some of our daughters are brought unto bondage already: neither is it in our power to redeem them; for other men have our lands and vineyards.

    6 And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.

    7 Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them.

    One of the greatest distractions we face today in the church, is being consumed with our own issues more than whats more important. That’s not to say we should ignore our issues but we can easily become so focused on what we have to deal with individually that we miss the big picture. The Bible is very clear that if we can make Gods business our business, he will make our business His business.

  4. 7. “Then I consulted with myself… ”

    Sometimes you just have to sit down and have a one-on-self consult and sort things out.
    Just don’t be like the prideful man that said he always talks to himself because he wants the expert’s opinion.

  5. 8 And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing to answer.

    This is great for what Bishop Foster said on Thursday night Revival!
    We need to go find our brothern and we need to treat them Right God is seeking his children.We don’t need to get caught in saving ourselfs but spread the gospel to others.

  6. 11 Return to them this very day their fields, their vineyards, their olive orchards, and their houses, and the percentage of money, grain, wine, and oil that you have been exacting from them.” 12 Then they said, “We will restore these and require nothing from them. We will do as you say.” And I called the priests and made them swear to do as they had promised.13 I also shook out the fold of my garment and said, “So may God shake out every man from his house and from his labor who does not keep this promise. So may he be shaken out and emptied.” And all the assembly said “Amen” and praised the LORD. And the people did as they had promised. ESV
    In this chapter it shows us how Nehemiah is helping the poor, so if back in bible day they helped the poor how come we can’t in today’s world? In the job that I work in I see homeless people daily and it breaks your heart if you hear their story how they ended up there, grant you some people just don’t want to work and they make that choice. Some people didn’t choose the lifestyle of being homeless and they are just as human as we are and all they want is someone to talk to and let them know they are human just like we are. So next time you see someone that has less than what you have and they truly are trying to make a difference how come we can’t help them out. We have to be able to discern between the ones that just want to take advantage of us and those that really want help and want to change. Let God guide us to the ones that want a change in their lives today.

  7. iLove to Grow in the Word

    Boom, this chapter is the Boom in the Shakalaka…Wow. Nehemiah was generous and did not demand his portion. He freely gave of his time, talent, and treasure and looked for a blessing from God instead of financial blessings from the people. 🙂

    16I also devoted myself to working on the wall and refused to acquire any land. And I required all my servants to spend time working on the wall. 17I asked for nothing, even though I regularly fed 150 Jewish officials at my table, besides all the visitors from other lands! 18The provisions I paid for each day included one ox, six choice sheep or goats, and a large number of poultry. And every ten days we needed a large supply of all kinds of wine. Yet I refused to claim the governor’s food allowance because the people already carried a heavy burden.
    19Remember, O my God, all that I have done for these people, and bless me for it.

  8. We redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing to answer.

    How are we treating those that we have help redeem through the blood of the Lamb. Do we expect them to be just like us? If they do not sacrifice like we do, if they do not look like we do; are we going to turn around and sell them back into the world. What is my life really saying to those around me? I must answer this question truthfully, “Actions are louder than words” The people had nothing they could say. They were guilty.
    God help me to not sell my brethren back into slavery by any actions,help me to please You and to be completely sold out for your kingdom.

  9. Nehemiah Was not only about rebuilding the wall and gates, he was to rebuild and restore a community, a city, and a nation!!! It is about how we want our children to grow up in freedom and not bondage, financially comfortable and not in debt, inhabitating in the Father house and not eating with the swines!! What are your actions doing??? Building or tearing up? Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

    Go be a Nehemiah!!!!!

  10. THE DAY OF RESTORATION

    11 Restore, I pray you, to them, even this day, their lands, their vineyards, their oliveyards, and their houses, also the hundredth part of the money, and of the corn, the wine, and the oil, that ye exact of them.

    The WORD of GOD is eternal and remains alive, active and applicable. As I read verse 11 today I felt a witness or leap in my spirit that JESUS is in the process right NOW of restoring to the people of GOD, especially at The POFW everything that has been taken, stolen or hidden from us.

    I can feel, see and hear this prophetic promise being orchestrated right now by the Spirit of GOD on our behalf. Prepare yourself for an outpouring and deluge of BLESSING, REVIVAL and HARVEST in JESUS name.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap

  11. 7 Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them.
    Sometimes we must “consult” with ourselves and really weigh out some of our thoughts and actions about decisions and choices. We must use wisdom and allow God to give us direction. If we do so we can save ourselves hurt and pain.

  12. 16 Instead, I devoted myself to the work on this wall. All my men were assembled there for the work; we[b] did not acquire any land

    So grateful and humbled that God chose me. I was lost in the world worshipping idols when they can’t even help themselves. I was blinded for a season but now I see and I am free. Nothing better than devoting my treasure time and talent for the kingdom. This is only a small portion of what I want to do for His kingdom. I will work and show my children to work for His kingdom. I am grateful that I’m able to teach and show them to give our life to the King of Kings. They will never forget these moments of taking cookies to people, taking them popcorn, candy, going to pray, praying before service, praying for the sick, praying for the food, HBS, outreach, etc. Thank you Jesus for guiding me and my family in your path. Nothing else matters but you Jesus!!!!!

  13. 8 And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing to answer.

    We redeemed our brothers after our own ability. This is the example of being a good brother comes into play. They didn’t sit idly by while their brethren suffered but did everything they could to help them. Our own ability. What abilities do we have in and of ourselves that we could use to redeem our brethren?

  14. 6 And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.
    7 Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them.
    8 And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing to answer.
    9 Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies?

    I find that many people are cursed in their finances. Working at a bank you see many spending habbits. Most people live paycheck to paycheck, and borrow for what they don’t have. Yet I find this a ministry opportunity. To educate people in better spending habits that they can read from the word of God. Yet even Christians get into trouble yet we read the scriptures. Now this is it saying that some unforseen circumstances will never come. Yet we can be better prepared if we would just do what the word of God says. To be blessed we have to have the mentality that we are blessed. Then we can change the way we do business.

    So it’s up to you to be blessed. God has it ready but can he trust you with it?

  15. 5 Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children: and, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and some of our daughters are brought unto bondage already: neither is it in our power to redeem them; for other men have our lands and vineyards.

    This remind me of yesterday with tom foster
    Are we take care of our brethren don’t let them fall

  16. 6 And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.
    7 Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them.
    8 And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing to answer.

    These men had taken advantage of their brethren and knew it! The good thing was they were willing to restore and be accountable for their own. When we have a problem we should do as these people did-take it to someone in authority-the Lord- and he will move in our favor to restore what has been stolen or lost. God uses people to bless others, and we must be willing to give and be that blessing for others. It is more blessed to give than to receive.

  17. “and said: “As far as possible, we have bought back our fellow Jews who were sold to the Gentiles. Now you are selling your own people, only for them to be sold back to us!” They kept quiet, because they could find nothing to say.”
    ‭‭Nehemiah‬ ‭5:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    It is easy for us to be kind to the guest and people outside the church but for some reason we seem to struggle to be there for our brothers and sisters inside the church. We must take what Bishop Foster preached to us last night and use it to grow not only in our kindness towards guest and our brothers outside the church but also our brothers within the church. Lord give us a spirit of unity!

  18. Nehemiah 5:16-18 (NLT)
    16) I also devoted myself to working on the wall, and refused to acquire any land. and I required all my servants to spend time working on the wall.
    17) I asked for nothing, even though I regularly fed 150 Jewish officials at my table, besides all the visitors from other lands.
    18) The provisions I paid for each day included one ox, six choice sheep or goats, and a large number of poultry. And every ten days we needed a large supply of all kinds of wine. Yet I refused to claim the governor’s food allowance because the people already carried a heavy burden.

    This passage of scripture made me think of people in church who give of their time, talent, and treasures (they see something that needs to be done or they see a need), and they do it in secret and others may never know, (except God, He sees all things.)
    God Bless The GIVERS!
    St. Matthew 6:3-4, “But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.”

    To POFW… I want toThank Pastor & Sis. Watts & our wonderful church family for all your Prayers for Jim and for me. THANK YOU!!!

  19. “you is gouging his brother”

    6-7 I got really angry when I heard their protest and complaints. After thinking it over, I called the nobles and officials on the carpet. I said, “Each one of you is gouging his brother.”

    What a timely message from Bishop Foster last night about what kind of brother we are. Then today, the scripture speaks out about relationships between people. It must be basic human characteristics to be selfish and get our own way. We do not teach infants to be selfish but most toddlers want what they want and when they want it. So, we must learn how to maintain relationships.

    The most important relationship we can have on this earth is with Jesus. I have had a battle with who comes in second in my life. Who is in the race; my spouse or my Pastor? I spend more time with my spouse than my Pastor but my Pastor will help ensure I take the appropriate steps to make it to heaven. For most of my adult life, my spouse has been in a stable second behind Jesus. However, the stronger my relationship with God is growing the more important my relationship with my Pastor is becoming.

  20. 7 Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them.

    Seek God for direction he will never fail us!

  21. Nehemiah 5:14 (NLT)
    14 For the entire twelve years that I was governor of Judah—from the twentieth year to the thirty-second year of the reign of King Artaxerxes—neither I nor my officials drew on our official food allowance.

    Nehemiah didn’t demand food from the people because he understood who provided from him. When we trust God to meet our needs we will not be tempted to manipulate others for their resources. God will take care of us.

    However if we refuse to allow him to do the taking care of us then we will find ourselves with less than what we could have had. Let him be the provider and just focus on the work of the kingdom.

  22. “Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies?” The word of God (Jesus) records self-righteousness. There was no concern for the people, which their actions proved. One can rest assured that the Judge (God) knows all and is recording all. Dear God, expose and remove all that would do the same. God Bless America, Israel, Jerusalem, and you all in Jesus name, Amen!

  23. “Now that which was prepared for me daily was one ox and six choice sheep; also fowls were prepared for me, and once in ten days store of all sorts of wine: yet for all this required not I the bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy upon this people.” There was finally more than just words spoken, there was action and care for the people and their needs. We should be considerate and willing to see, and also as willing to help others in need. God help us to not only see but also to do, in Jesus name.

  24. 12 Then said they, We will restore them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do as thou sayest. Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they should do according to this promise.

    Restoration can be explained as getting back something that you once had. God is going to to restore something and He will require nothing of us.

  25. 16 Yea, also I continued in the work of this wall, neither bought we any land: and all my servants were gathered thither unto the work.

    17 Moreover there were at my table an hundred and fifty of the Jews and rulers, beside those that came unto us from among the heathen that are about us.

    18 Now that which was prepared for me daily was one ox and six choice sheep; also fowls were prepared for me, and once in ten days store of all sorts of wine: yet for all this required not I the bread of the governor, because the bondage was heavy upon this people.

    19 Think upon me, my God, for good, according to all that I have done for this people.

  26. 13 Also I shook my lap, and said, So God shake out every man from his house, and from his labour, that performeth not this promise, even thus be he shaken out, and emptied. And all the congregation said, Amen, and praised the Lord. And the people did according to this promise.

    Praise God when He speaks to you. His mercy towards us is great.

  27. 1 About this time some of the men and their wives raised a cry of protest against their fellow Jews.

    Friends and families are in disagreement over building the wall, and there is not enough food. Once the go against each other, all unity is gone. For something to be completed, it is a team effort. If one individual starts to complain about something, it will start to cause confusion among others.

  28. 7 Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, Ye exact usury, every one of his brother. And I set a great assembly against them.

    8 And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, which were sold unto the heathen; and will ye even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing to answer.

    Sometimes we have to evaluate ourselves and consult with ourselves and make sure our attitude is in line with God.

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