Nehemiah Chapter 5, Complaints and Problems of Judah

beemanlee's picture

This chapter is full of many different problems which happened during the time of construction if the Walls around Jerusalem. This time frame took 52 days to complete.

Three different problems arose. ONE:Many landless People were without food. TWO:Landlords were forced to mortgage their land because of the famine. THREE: Borrowing was necessary to pay property tax imposed by the Persistent.

Verses 1-5, debts, interests and bondage.
Verses 6-13, payments of interest abolished.
Verses 14-19, examples of Unselfishness.

John Johnson's picture

Chapter 5 Nehemiah

Chapter 5 of Nehemiah is a great study regarding bondage, captivity and the lost of freedom in what might otherwise be seen allegorically as a normal life in a world that does not operate according to Divine Instruction or Divine Guidance.

The clear and significant affirmation to me in this study is in regard to a principle difference between G-d and Satan, routinely referenced in Holy Scripture, this principle being one regarding the differing limits of punishment for disobedience between the two kingdoms.

Isaiah 14:17
(Satan) Who made the world as a wilderness And destroyed its cities, Who did not open the house of his prisoners?’

Psalm 146:7
(G-d) Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners.

This principle can be transmuted from Nehemiah's experience into all points of reasoning and judgment including the interpretation of scripture. If our understanding of the intended scriptural application leaves us without remedy in bondage then G-d's principle has been eclipsed. No matter how cleaver and reasonable the contrary argument sounds if a submitted life walks away with a heavier burden, vexed soul or anguished spirit then G-d's provision has been stolen, hidden or poisoned.

There is never an ending point, never satisfaction, never enough sacrifice to atone for disobedience in Satan's world. G-d in contrast provides immediate freedom to a contrite heart that falls on His mercy and trusts in His Word (Exodus 34: 5-7). Yes, the sons of freedom, to whom all things are lawful, will still suffer the correction of a harmful path, but at the hand of a loving Father. Let us remember the correction itself is a restoration of freedom.

How dreadful are the predicted ends of those who withhold, replace or poison the provisions of the flock. When by the wisdom or wickedness of men this is done, what was intended by G-d to make us happy, healthy and strong, now results in anxiousness, sickness and weakness.

Nehemiah demonstrates his obedience to feeding lambs, tending sheep and feeding sheep in due season with the manna of G-d. To me Nehemiah is G-d's word to us to do what we are called to with swords at our sides (Chapter 4). And he promises us freedom from the distraction of injustice and the promise of provision, revenge, remembrance and reward (Chapter 5). Interestingly these are summarized in the last verse of these chapters.

Faithful and beloved Lee keep feeding us and attending to our needs.

Always remember G-d is gracious,