In the Book of Nehemiah just about every major leadership principle is incarnated in the life Nehemiah. He had to organize the work, motivate the workers, quickly solve problems, intervene when there were disputes, lead the charge against enemies from the outside and even enemies from within - AND he did it with style and grace.
It should not surprise us that when we arrive at Nehemiah 5 (our text for this Sunday), he is having to settle disputes that the Jewish brothers were having with each other. It is one thing to tackle a problem of an enemy that attacks from the outside (Sanballat, Tobiah and their accomplices), but something different when the resistance is from within.
Nehemiah became angry (righteous indignation is the appropriate way to define his emotion) when he discovered that the rank-and-file person was being taken advantage by their fellow Jews concerning money matters. Some of the Jews had become creditors and were charging interest on money being lent to their Jewish brethren and that was against the law given by Moses.
This anger was justified because God’s law was being ignored and disobeyed and that made Nehemiah very upset. Their cry came to Nehemiah’s ears and he responded quickly and with integrity.
Nehemiah, being the leader that he was, quickly untangled the dilemma and the work of rebuilding the wall and restoring the gates of Jerusalem continued.
There are some great lessons in Nehemiah 5 and we will review a few of them this Sunday. I hope to see you then and we continue this interesting journey studying the Book of Nehemiah.
You are love and appreciated - don’t ever forget it!