Nehemiah is serving as cup bearer to the king when he learns that Jerusalem has fallen. This upsets him immensely and he asks to go home a rebuild. He surveys the walls to see what a wreck they are in and gathers a team to start rebuilding. As always, they had haters that threatened to kill them while they worked. God helped Nehemiah station armed guards and the people worked with a spear in one hand at all times.
He then hears that the people are being oppressed by the officials and being charged outrageious taxes so he has all debts cancelled...wish he would come do this now! The wall is finished and he works with Ezra to get the Jews registered in a census and they have a season of prayer and penance.
Nehemiah leaves for a while and returns to hear that the people are backsliding. He prays for strength and again reminds the people of how they should be living. It is such a vivid reminder of our sinful nature and how stubborn we are!
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