Bible Reading for MAY23: Nehemiah 5-7

MAY 23

Chapter 5 is a sad chapter, for in it we see the Jews
selfishly preying upon one another. There is no building in this

There were great economic burdens upon the Jews, not only
because of the famine, but because of the taxes and tributes. The
Jews were being robbed by their own people, through mortgages and
servitude. Nehemiah reacted to this crisis by first being angry
because his people were so spiritually backslidden as to rob one
another. He saw it as a spiritual problem rather than an economic

He consulted his own heart in verse 7, and certainly prayed
to God for wisdom. He then rebuked the people, reminding them of
God’s goodness to the nation. “We have been set free by the Lord,”
he argued. “Will you now put one another in bondage again?” He
appealed to the Old Testament Law as he commanded them to restore
their ill-gotten profits.

In chapter 6 the people went back to work and so did the
enemy. This time Sanballat and his men aimed their attacks at
Nehemiah. He faced guile, slander, and threats. God’s people will
never fully realize here on earth the special temptations and
testings they must face day after day. Spiritual leadership is a
costly thing. Nehemiah rejected Sanballat’s invitation for a
friendly meeting because he realized God’s servants should be
separated and should never walk in the counsel of the ungodly (Psalm

Verse 15 records that the walls were completed on the 25th
day of the sixth month. It had taken a total of 52 days to complete
the rebuilding. And the people had worked during the hottest part of
the year. Through it all, God was glorified and the enemy was

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