Sin within the Body (Nehemiah 5:1-19) - 8/3/22
Chapter 4 – opposition from the outside
Chapter 5 – opposition from within
Dealing with internal conflict
Expect it (we live in a fallen world
Prepare for it
Deal with it rightly (biblically, in fear of God)
Nehemiah again gives a great lesson in leadership
The Outcry of the People – vv. 1-5
There was an outcry of the people.
They were in need of food
They had mortgaged their property
Bartered their own children.
The problem was from within
It was not done by the enemy, but by fellow Jews
They should have been doing all that was possible to help each other.
They were taking advantage of one another.
Looking out only for themselves
Selfish and Greedy
Nehemiah’s Solution – vv. 6-11
NOT BE RIGHT…. BUT GET IT RIGHT!
He was upset – v. 6
Burdened, Righteous Anger
He sought the truth – v. 7
Biblical communication – Matt. 18:15-20
Speak the truth in love – Eph. 4:15
Deal with the issues at hand
Focused on the Lord
Their sin is against a holy God
It impacted their walk
It impacted their witness
Provided the solution
Recognize the sin
Turn from the sin
Nehemiah’s Example – vv. 14-17
His preaching matched his living
They were greedy… Nehemiah was a giver – v. 14
Took care of 150 men – vv. 17-18
NOT ME… BUT OTHERS
He did all to please God – v. 19