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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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making harmony out of discord neh 5 1 19
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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