Read Nehemiah 13
During Nehemiah's absence, the Israelites' worship of God and the Sabbath observance were neglected. Intermarriage with Canaanite idol worshipers was common. Nehemiah again came . . . to the king, and after certain days obtained . . . leave (permission) of the king: And . . . came to
The greatest evils had been committed by those who held the highest positions of spiritual leadership. Eliashib the priest . . . was allied (through marriage) to Tobiah (an Ammonite). . . . And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, was son in law to Sanballat the Horonite (13:4,28). Other priests had also married Canaanite women
Added to these sins, Nehemiah understood . . . the evil that Eliashib did for Tobiah, in preparing him a chamber (room) in the courts of the House (
Nehemiah continued his reformation while facing much opposition. He warned the people concerning marriage with the Canaanites: You shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor take their daughters to your sons. . . . Did not Solomon king of
Draw near to God. . . . Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded (doubters) (James 4:8).
By Nehemiah who cleansed the priests and Levites and defined their duties (Nehemiah 13:30). Christ cleanses us from all our sins when we confess them (I John 1:9). Through Him we have been made a royal priesthood to serve the Lord (I Peter 2:9).
13:17 contended with = confronted, rebuked; 13:26 outlandish = foreign; 13:30 strangers = foreigners; wards of = duties for.
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Memory Verse for the Week: I Thessalonians 4:3