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 . . . unto the king, and after certain days obtained . . . leave (permission) of the king: And . . . came to
The greatest evils were committed by those who held the highest positions of spiritual leadership.
Added to these sins, Nehemiah understood . . . the evil that
Nehemiah continued his reformation while facing much opposition. He warned the people concerning marriage with the Canaanites: Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons. . . . Did not Solomon king of
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 =/i> confronted, rebuked; 13:26 outlandish =/i> foreign; 13:30 strangers =/i> foreigners; wards of =/i> duties for.
Pray for The Arabic International Shortwave Radio Broadcast sponsored by Charleen Cook · Government Officials: Rep. Mike Conoway (TX), Rep. Charles Rangel (NY), and Rep. Rick Renzi (AZ) · Country: Algeria (31 million) in North Africa · Major languages: Arabic and French · Authorities have virtually ended all open mission work · 99% Muslim; .5% Roman Catholic/Protestant · Prayer Suggestion: Realize that the will of God is often different from our own desires (II Corinthians 12:8-9).
Memory Verse for the Week: Psalms 1:1