Saturday, 24 March 2018

Nehemiah 11-13

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights


Susan Barnes said...

11:2 The people commended all who volunteered to live in Jerusalem.

Living in Jerusalem was not attractive when the exile first returned. However with the rebuilding of the temple and walls, it was now more attractive. But moving is not easy and perhaps there was more work to do. Nevertheless some volunteered. They saw God’s purposes in repopulating the city and committed to the task.

Susan Barnes said...

12:46 For long ago, in the days of David and Asaph, there had been directors for the musicians and for the songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.

These directors were not part of Mosaic Law yet Nehemiah considered them important enough to re-establish (and it seems the whole of Judah was pleased too v. 44).

Susan Barnes said...

13:7 I learned about the evil thing Eliashib had done
13:10 I also learned that the portions assigned to the Levites had not been given to them
13:15 I saw people in Judah treading winepresses on the Sabbath
13:23 I saw men of Judah who had married women from Ashdod, Ammon and Moab.

Nehemiah goes away and when he comes back (v. 6-7) he finds his enemy Tobiah living in the temple, the Levites not being ‘paid’, people working on the Sabbath and intermarriage with foreign women. What a sad way for the book to end. So quickly, they had fallen back into bad habits and turned away from God’s ideal.