Nehemiah left and went back to Babylon
Malachi was written during his absence
Nehemiah comes back to see that the people had again wandered from the TRUTH
He admonishes/confronts them
CONTINUE IN THE FAITH
To BE FAITHFUL IS TO FOLLOW
God’s will, way. Word
They need to Confess, Repent, and begin to live for God.
Nehemiah reminds them of what it is that God requires of His people.
Their Holiness – vv. 1-9
READING THE LAW
OBEYING THE LAW
Separate from other nations
Believe, Trust, Respond (Live)
Their Sacrifice – vv. 10-14
Fulfilling their obligation to sustain the temple
Providing for the Lord’s work
The sacrifice of our life… FOR HIM
Time, Talent, Treasure
Give Him our best, not what is left over
Their Worship – vv. 15-22
A day set apart for Him
Honor God for who He is and what He has done.
7 days a week. 6 + 1
Their Unions – vv. 23-28
Married into pagan families
Never ends well
Our homes and our churches
Cannot mix truth with untruth
Two Closing Prayers – vv. 29-30
Those who corrupted the priestly office
In the end… What was Nehemiah encouraging the people to do?
BE GOD’S PEOPLE