The economic hardship some were experiencing is the thrust of this chapter. To Nehemiah’s attention it was brought, and when he learned to what extent it was his anger was aroused. Those guilty of levying a burden against the poor Nehemiah’s anger was particularly focused.
Application: This chapter addresses what might be called “social justice.” Social justice, however, is to be understood in relation to the Lord’s will, not the arbitrary actions on the part of government. Interestingly enough, the experiences of those in Jerusalem was not exclusive to them, but was a problem in other parts of the empire (EBC-R, vol. 3, p. 496). Social justice is a red-flag term in our current conversation; but that justice is to be rendered to (and within) society is a truth that can’t be negated. Justice pertains to law, whether it is man’s law or God’s law. We will benefit society when each of us accepts and implements the roles assigned by God. For instance, the wife of the family is the manager of the home; the father of the family is the head of the house. Those who work in the community are to work; if they don’t let them not eat.
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