Neh 5 Leaders in Generosity

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5th is a series on Nehemiah's prayers.
Nehemiah had a crisis brewing in the workers' camp. People were in need. He challenged the "common business practices" of his day and reinstituted charity and compassion ministries. He led with generosity and prayed to God to take notice and bless his giving.

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Neh 5 Leaders in Generosity

  1. 1. Leaders in GenerosityNehemiah 5:19
  2. 2. Oppression by Brothers• The builders on the wall were starving and inserious need. (5:1-5)– They had big, hungry families and little grain tofeed them. (2)– They had mortgaged their property to buy theexpensive grain. (3)– They were in heavy debt, without any way towork to earn money. (4)– They were enslaved to their poverty and theirJewish brothers. (5)
  3. 3. Challenge by a Brother• Nehemiah heard about their plight and calledfor action. (5:6-12)– The unjust situation angered Nehemiah. (6)– Nehemiah formed an accusation against theinjustices and oppression. (7-9)– Nehemiah challenged them to be generous andgracious toward their own brothers. (10-11)– The oppressors repented and committed torestoring their brothers. (12)
  4. 4. Object Lesson for Brothers• Nehemiah warned against anyone renegingon their promises of generosity. (13)– Nehemiah shook out the dust from his garment.– So, God would shake out and empty anyone whotried to continue abusing their brothers.– The point was well received; they did exactlywhat they said they would do.
  5. 5. Example for Brothers• Nehemiah backed his message up with actionof his own. (5:14-18)– Nehemiah was not about to take anything fromthe ones who already had trouble.– Nehemiah did not even take what wasallowed, so that he could help the brothers out.– He led by example in his generosity.– He was driven by the fear of God (15) and acompassion for the people (18).
  6. 6. A Heart for Brothers• Nehemiah called God to take note of thesethings done for the benefit of brothers. (5:19)– God sees the heart and the motivation, and willreward the giver correctly.– Nehemiah’s generosity was sacrificial – it costhim much, it was for God, it purified his heart.– This act of service was only for God’s attention orrepayment.
  7. 7. Prayer Effects• We can pray for– forgiveness if your lack of generosity has causedundue stress on your brothers– boldness to challenge brothers who are sinningagainst others– clarity to define your levels of generosity– love for people who are genuinely in need.(especially, not exclusively brothers)– God’s favor, blessing, goodness to on your gifts

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