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BSF Lesson Six – 04/05/2015

Weekly Devotionals

BSF Lesson Six – 04/05/2015

Nehemiah Chapter 5

1) Who are some heroes of justice that have inspired you (to live differently)?

2) What was the source of the conflict recorded in Nehemiah 5:1-5?

3) What is “interest” (v7) and how was it a problem during the wall-building effort? (Leviticus 25:36-37; Deuteronomy 23:19 and Psalm 15:5)

4) Why would the Jews do this to their own people? What motivates people to lend at interest and put others in slavery? What are some ways that we do this today? Even if we don’t do this directly, are there indirect ways that we do this?

5) How did Nehemiah respond upon hearing the news?

6) What is the significance of v. 9? What does all this have to do with “The fear of our God and “avoiding the reproach of our Gentile enemies?”

7) What would’ve happened if the priests, nobles, and officials didn’t respond appropriately? (v. 13 – excommunication) Why would this have mattered to them?

8) For 12 years, Nehemiah, the governor, and his officials didn’t eat the food allotted to the governor.

a) Can you think of modern-day examples of people like Nehemiah in this regard? (Those who reflect God’s heart for others)

b) Can you think of opposite examples?

c) What’s the difference in how people respond to these 2 different type of leaders?

d) Why didn’t Nehemiah act like the previous governors?

9) What causes us to get so side-tracked into greed and power?

10) What are some practical ways we can fight and/or live in opposition to the economic injustices that lead to slavery and oppression?