In Nehemiah chapter 5, Nehemiah gets angry with the nobles and the officials that were oppressing the poor through slavery and their lending practices (5:1-11). At a critical juncture in the rebuilding process, the behavior of these nobles and local officials could have collapsed the community effort, but through Nehemiah’s leadership he was able to not only point out their faults, but to also change their hearts and keep the work moving forward…together. This passage points out the need for those in leadership (and those in positions of influence) to call out oppression and injustice and to fight for unity. While it can seem easy to spot the sins of others on the surface, it is much harder to see (and root out) the injustices that we allow within our own hearts. This is where we have to trust the Holy Spirit to be our Counselor. If we are to live out our calling to help bring others into relationship with Jesus, we must also be willing to submit to His kingship and authority. His kingdom calls all of His followers as sons and daughters of the Most High where there is no class that is lesser than.
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