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#3 à Making Harmony Out Of. Discord Neh 5:1-19. Lessons From Nehemiah. Making Harmony Out Of Discord Neh 5:1-19. The Situation The Jews Created. Times were indeed tough for the Jews Poverty & famine had gripped them v. 2 Many mortgaged themselves just to live v. 3

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Lessons from nehemiah

#3 à Making Harmony Out Of

Discord Neh 5:1-19

LessonsFromNehemiah


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Making Harmony Out Of DiscordNeh 5:1-19

The Situation The Jews Created

  • Times were indeed tough for the Jews

    • Poverty & famine had gripped them v. 2

    • Many mortgaged themselves just to live v. 3

    • Many mortgaged themselves just to pay their taxes v. 4

    • Due to defaulted loans, many families became enslaved v. 5


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Making Harmony Out Of DiscordNeh 5:1-19

The Situation The Jews Created

  • The Jews made matters worse by charging brethren usury, interest v. 7

    • A violation of the Law Ex 22:25 Lev 25:35-38

    • This drove a wedge between brethren, causing the disadvantaged to cry out v. 1


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Making Harmony Out Of DiscordNeh 5:1-19

The Situation The Jews Created

  • Sometimes, adversity brings out the worst in people ordinarily governed by principle

    • Distress can cause us only to think of ourselves, use others…even brethren

      • Jeremiah had so prophesied Jer 47:3

      • Jesus refused to do so Mt 26:53

  • Imagine how Nehemiah must have felt?


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Making Harmony Out Of DiscordNeh 5:1-19

The Solution Nehemiah Sought

  • His plan emphasized unity over division

  • Initially, he was angry v. 6

    • Sin should anger us Prov 119:104 Jn 2:14-15

    • Nehemiah made sure he remained in control himself v. 7a cp. Prov 14:29

    • When sure of his own emotions, then he confronted the guilty v. 7b


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Making Harmony Out Of DiscordNeh 5:1-19

The Solution Nehemiah Sought

  • His plan emphasized unity over division

  • He stressed principle v. 9a

    • He convicts them of sin

    • He points them to the damage they’ve done to their reputation, God’s way vv. 8a, 9b cp. 2 Sam 12:14 Titus 2:5

    • The guilty were unable to answer v. 8b


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Making Harmony Out Of DiscordNeh 5:1-19

The Solution Nehemiah Sought

  • His plan emphasized unity over division

  • He placed them under an oath vv. 12b-13

    • Their word became more than a promise

  • More importantly, he led by example

    • Being an example to others is always commendable 1 Tim 4:12


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Making Harmony Out Of DiscordNeh 5:1-19

The Solution Nehemiah Sought

  • His plan emphasized unity over division

  • More importantly, he led by example

  • Nehemiah offered himself as a role model vv. 8a, 10, 14-18

  • He only asked of them what he did himself

  • Doing for others is more important than one’s own individual “rights” cp. 1 Cor 9:3-12


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Making Harmony Out Of DiscordNeh 5:1-19

The Solution Nehemiah Sought

  • His plan emphasized unity over division

  • Finally, he prayed v. 19

    • Once again, Nehemiah shows himself to be a devout man who prayed cp. 1 Thess. 5:17


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Making Harmony Out Of DiscordNeh 5:1-19

Conclusion

  • Unity, harmony was no more needed in Nehemiah’s day than ours

    • Satan tries to ruin God’s work in the church just as he tried to stop the building of the walls

      • He’ll use external servants

      • He’ll even use internal strife, division


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Making Harmony Out Of DiscordNeh 5:1-19

Conclusion

  • Christians are exhorted re: unity Eph 4:3

    • Keeping unity is as vital as gaining it

    • Paul mentions ways unity is “kept”

      • Lay aside falsehood…speak truth Eph 4:25

      • Confront unity’s enemey Eph 4:26

      • Be willing to share with the needy Eph 4:28


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