Gilbert House Fellowship #226: Neh. 10-13, Psalm 126, Mal. 1

NEHEMIAH DISCOVERED what God had known for centuries (well, since the beginning of time, actually): His people were a stubborn lot.

Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate (1894)

After returning from a visit to the Persian king Artaxerxes to report on the work that had been done in Jerusalem, Nehemiah discovered that the reforms he and Ezra the priest had instituted, a return to the Law given to Moses, had already been forgotten. Jerusalem was open for business on the Sabbath, with people buying, selling, and working through their day of rest.

Worse, Tobiah the Ammonite had exploited a family connection to the priest in charge of the temple storerooms to get a chamber for his own use in the Temple—a room that had previously been used to store temple vessels, frankincense, and tithes of grain, wine, and oil.

We discuss Nehemiah’s response to this, move on to a passionate Psalm about the return to Zion, and then begin our study of the final book of the Bible, Malachi, which may include a veiled prophecy of Islam.

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  1. Dear Gilberts,
    You two can babble all you want.

    My wife and I have enjoyed listening to you both on Sundays, after we come home from church, and on Sci-Friday.

    I love the humor that both of you bring.

    You and rest of Skywatch have become like a family that I never met but wish I could.

    I love the book of Nehemiah. I have had my share of Tobiah and Sanbalat’s in my lifetime.

  2. Thank you for sharing the personality of Nehemiah ! That really helps me put the Book of Nehemiah in perspective. “He was a tough dude”. I sincerely appreciate your work ! ! <3

    1. Author

      Thank you! It never struck us before that Nehemiah must have been pretty scary—none of those guys said, “Oh, yeah? You and what army?”

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