- He grieved because Jerusalem was in
- He was the cup bearer to the
- King Artaxerxes
was king at that time.
Tobiah, and Geshem.
was high priest.
- To attack Jerusalem, cause confusion, and kill the
- Half kept watch while the
other half worked. Some who worked also carried a weapon in one hand to
protect themselves and worked with the other
- a. They were charging their
brethren interest and taking their possessions when payment was not made.
b. He pointed out to the people the unlawfulness of thier
actions and had them restore everything to their brethren.
- They threatened to tell the
king that the Jews are rebelling against him and Nehemiah would be their
- He knew that Shemaiah was hired by the adversaries to do him harm. Shemaiah was trying to cause him to sin by going into
the temple. No lay person was allowed in the temple. This would have
discredited Nehemiah among the Israelites.
- a. Ezra the scribe. b. Ezra
read from morning until midday from a platform above the people. c. Ezra
read to give sense and meaning to the people of the statutes of God.
- The people knew they were in
sin and had not been doing any of the provisions of the law.
- They made booths to live in for
the Feast of Tabernacles.
- a. They read for a fourth of
the day. b. The prayed, confessed and worshiped for another fourth of the
- They vowed to be servants of
- They were able to commit to a
third of a shekel yearly. This was down from the original half shekel of
the law (Ex. 30:13).
- They cast lots yearly among
the priests and the people.
- This was done yearly.
- The Levites received a tithe
of all that was produced from the land.
- They were to give a tithe
(1/10) of what they received to the house of the Lord. The rest was for their own consumption.
- The leaders dwelt at Jerusalem already.
The rest of the poeple cast lots to choose one
person out of ten to dwell in the city of Jerusalem.
- Two large groups of singers
and music makers (thanksgiving choirs) were stationed along two walls to
give praise and thanks to God for their current blessings.
- All the foreign people
living among the Israelites were separated from them.
- There would be no buying or
selling with any people on the Sabbath.
- He threatened to lay hands
on them (do them harm).
- He pronounced a curse on
them, stuck some of them, and even pulled out the hair of some making them
swear by God not to ever take any foreign wives.