August 13, 2023

“Wall Builders:  Enemies Inside”

Passage: Nehemiah 5:1-11
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Bro. Stephen Powell            August 13, 2023

“Wall Builders:  Enemies Inside”

Nehemiah 5:1-11

1Now there arose a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish brothers. 

For there were those who said, “With our sons and our daughters, we are many. So let us get grain, that we may eat and keep alive.” 

There were also those who said, “We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards, and our houses to get grain because of the famine.” 

And there were those who said, “We have borrowed money for the king's tax on our fields and our vineyards. 

Now our flesh is as the flesh of our brothers, our children are as their children. Yet we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters have already been enslaved, but it is not in our power to help it, for other men have our fields and our vineyards.”

I was very angry when I heard their outcry and these words. 

I took counsel with myself, and I brought charges against the nobles and the officials. I said to them, “You are exacting interest, each from his brother.” And I held a great assembly against them 

and said to them, “We, as far as we are able, have bought back our Jewish brothers who have been sold to the nations, but you even sell your brothers that they may be sold to us!” They were silent and could not find a word to say. 

So I said, “The thing that you are doing is not good. Ought you not to walk in the fear of our God to prevent the taunts of the nations our enemies? 

10 Moreover, I and my brothers and my servants are lending them money and grain. Let us abandon this exacting of interest. 

11 Return to them this very day their fields, their vineyards, their olive orchards, and their houses, and the percentage of money, grain, wine, and oil that you have been exacting from them.”


  • Nehemiah Reminded Them of Their Common Family (v5)

We need to remember that we are all part of the family of God.


  • Nehemiah Reminded Them of Their Common Task (v8)

When we lose sight of what God is doing in and through us, we can quickly turn on one another and begin to have problems.


  • Nehemiah Reminded Them of Their Common Witness (vs 15-16)


We must remember our witness.  We must set the example.  We must allow others to see Christ in us!