The Firm But Loving Hand Of Discipline
|Nehemiah 13 (NKJV™)|
|1||On that day they read from the Book of Moses in the hearing of the people, and in it was found written that no Ammonite or Moabite should ever come into the assembly of God,|
|2||because they had not met the children of Israel with bread and water, but hired Balaam against them to curse them. However, our God turned the curse into a blessing.|
|3||So it was, when they had heard the Law, that they separated all the mixed multitude from Israel.|
|4||Now before this, Eliashib the priest, having authority over the storerooms of the house of our God, was allied with Tobiah.|
|5||And he had prepared for him a large room, where previously they had stored the grain offerings, the frankincense, the articles, the tithes of grain, the new wine and oil, which were commanded to be given to the Levites and singers and gatekeepers, and the offerings for the priests.|
|6||But during all this I was not in Jerusalem, for in the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon I had returned to the king. Then after certain days I obtained leave from the king,|
|7||and I came to Jerusalem and discovered the evil that Eliashib had done for Tobiah, in preparing a room for him in the courts of the house of God.|
|8||And it grieved me bitterly; therefore I threw all the household goods of Tobiah out of the room.|
|9||Then I commanded them to cleanse the rooms; and I brought back into them the articles of the house of God, with the grain offering and the frankincense.|
|10||I also realized that the portions for the Levites had not been given them; for each of the Levites and the singers who did the work had gone back to his field.|
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The book of Nehemiah is about a man who was in the right place at the right time with the right mindset. Nehemiah not only rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem—Israel's physical protection—but he also reawakened his people to the Lord—their spiritual protection.
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