- Nehemiah’s enemies now tried intrigue. The proposal to confer together is often an attractive one. What made Nehemiah persistently refuse it? Contrast Eve’s folly in discussing the question raised by the serpent (Gen. 3:1-5). Do you ever toy with questions that should never be allowed consideration?
- What were the special subtleties of the attempts to ensnare Nehemiah? Notice how Nehemiah’s singleness of purpose and loyalty to God were a shield for Him. What may we learn from this?
Note. Verse 5. ‘An unsealed letter’: so that others besides Nehemiah might see its contents.
- What social evil did Nehemiah put right (see verses 1-13)? And how did he do it?
- What features of his conduct made Nehemiah an excellent governor? Are we developing similar characteristics?
- What considerations ought to keep God’s people from doing some things that others do as a matter of course? Cf. verse 15 and 1 Cor 8:13.
Note. Verses 1-5. The wealthier Jews were evidently demanding repayment at high interest of money lent by them to their poorer brethren, and were seizing the lands and even the person of the debtors whenever their demands were not met.