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Nehemiah 5:1-13

1Now there arose a great outcry of the people and of their wives against their Jewish brothers. 2For there were those who said, “With our sons and our daughters, we are many. So let us get grain, that we may eat and keep alive.” 3There were also those who said, “We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards, and our houses to get grain because of the famine.” 4And there were those who said, “We have borrowed money for the king’s tax on our fields and our vineyards. 5Now our flesh is as the flesh of our brothers, our children are as their children. Yet we are forcing our sons and our daughters to be slaves, and some of our daughters have already been enslaved, but it is not in our power to help it, for other men have our fields and our vineyards.”

6I was very angry when I heard their outcry and these words. 7I took counsel with myself, and I brought charges against the nobles and the officials. I said to them, “You are exacting interest, each from his brother.” And I held a great assembly against them 8and said to them, “We, as far as we are able, have bought back our Jewish brothers who have been sold to the nations, but you even sell your brothers that they may be sold to us!” They were silent and could not find a word to say. 9So I said, “The thing that you are doing is not good. Ought you not to walk in the fear of our God to prevent the taunts of the nations our enemies? 10Moreover, I and my brothers and my servants are lending them money and grain. Let us abandon this exacting of interest. 11Return to them this very day their fields, their vineyards, their olive orchards, and their houses, and the percentage of money, grain, wine, and oil that you have been exacting from them.” 12Then they said, “We will restore these and require nothing from them. We will do as you say.” And I called the priests and made them swear to do as they had promised. 13I also shook out the fold of my garment and said, “So may God shake out every man from his house and from his labor who does not keep this promise. So may he be shaken out and emptied.” And all the assembly said “Amen” and praised the Lord. And the people did as they had promised.

1Y hubo gran clamor del pueblo y de sus mujeres contra sus hermanos Judíos. 2Había quienes decían: “Nosotros, nuestros hijos y nuestras hijas somos muchos; por tanto, que se nos dé trigo para que comamos y vivamos.” 3Había otros que decían: “Nosotros tenemos que empeñar nuestros campos, nuestras viñas y nuestras casas para conseguir grano, a causa del hambre.” 4También había otros que decían: “Hemos pedido dinero prestado para el impuesto del rey sobre nuestros campos y nuestras viñas. 5“Ahora bien, nuestra carne es como la carne de nuestros hermanos, y nuestros hijos como sus hijos. Sin embargo, estamos obligando a nuestros hijos y a nuestras hijas a que sean esclavos, y algunas de nuestras hijas ya están sometidas a servidumbre, y no podemos hacer nada porque nuestros campos y nuestras viñas pertenecen a otros.”

6Entonces me enojé en gran manera cuando oí su clamor y estas palabras. 7Se rebeló mi corazón dentro de mí, y reprendí a los nobles y a los oficiales y les dije: “Ustedes están cobrando en exceso cada uno a su hermano.” Por tanto congregué contra ellos una gran asamblea. 8Y les dije: “Nosotros, conforme a nuestras posibilidades, hemos redimido a nuestros hermanos Judíos que fueron vendidos a las naciones; y ahora, ¿venderían ustedes aun a sus hermanos para que sean vendidos a nosotros?” Ellos se quedaron callados y no hallaron respuesta que dar. 9Agregué además: “No está bien lo que hacen. ¿No deben andar en el temor de nuestro Dios a causa del oprobio de las naciones enemigas nuestras? 10“También yo y mis hermanos y mis siervos les hemos prestado dinero y grano. Les ruego, pues, que abandonemos esta usura. 11“Les ruego que hoy mismo les devuelvan sus campos, sus viñas, sus olivares y sus casas; también la centésima parte del dinero y del grano, del vino nuevo y del aceite que están exigiendo de ellos.” 12Entonces ellos dijeron: “Lo devolveremos y no les exigiremos nada; haremos tal como has dicho.” Así que llamé a los sacerdotes y les hice jurar que harían conforme a esta promesa. 13También sacudí los pliegues de mi manto y dije: “Así sacuda Dios de su casa y de sus bienes a todo hombre que no cumpla esta promesa; así sea sacudido y despojado.” Y toda la asamblea dijo: “¡Amén!” Y alabaron al SEÑOR. Entonces el pueblo hizo conforme a esta promesa.

When we as, humans and as Christians, see a wrong being committed against someone who doesn’t deserve it, do we stand by and just allow those who in superior positions to do it?

One of God’s prophets stood ground for the poor and downtrodden. We can learn a lot from Nehemiah.

The fact is: if we know of a wrong being done to another human, and we stand idly by, we are just as guilty of the offense.

If we know of wrongs, we are sinning if we do not take a stand against those wrongs.

This is why I salute all who stand strong on the abortion debate.

PLAIN AND SIMPLE: ABORTION IS MURDER!

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Nehemiah 13:1-2

On that day they read in the book of Moses in the hearing of the people; and in it was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God forever; Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them, that he should curse them: however our God turned the curse into a blessing.

Aquel día leyeron del libro de Moisés a oídos del pueblo; y se encontró escrito en él que los amonitas y los moabitas no debían entrar jamás en la asamblea de Dios, porque no recibieron a los hijos de Israel con pan y agua, sino que contrataron contra ellos a Balaam para maldecirlos; pero nuestro Dios convirtió la maldición en bendición.

When we obey God, nothing, absolutely nothing can come against us. He will turn every bad meant against us into good. Trust that, He will!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nehemiah 2:4

Then the king said unto me, For what do you make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.

El rey me dijo: ¿Qué es lo que pides? Entonces oré al Dios del cielo

Nehemiah shows us here how we should always react when questioned or have a decision to make: Prayer. By praying to God, our minds will receive His Spirit to guide us in the best answer or proper choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nehemiah 4:1-9

1But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews. 2And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned? 3Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall.

4Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity: 5And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before thee: for they have provoked thee to anger before the builders.

6So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.

7But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth, 8And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.

9Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

1 Y sucedió que cuando Sanbalat se enteró de que estábamos reedificando la muralla, se enfureció y se enojó mucho. Y burlándose de los judíos, 2 habló en presencia de sus hermanos y de los ricos de Samaria, y dijo: ¿Qué hacen estos débiles judíos? ¿La restaurarán para sí mismos? ¿Podrán ofrecer sacrificios? ¿Terminarán en un día? ¿Harán revivir las piedras de los escombros polvorientos, aun las quemadas? 3 Tobías el amonita estaba cerca de él, y dijo: Aun lo que están edificando, si un zorro saltara sobre ello , derribaría su muralla de piedra.
4 Oye, oh Dios nuestro, cómo somos despreciados. Devuelve su oprobio sobre sus cabezas y entrégalos por despojo en una tierra de cautividad. 5 No perdones su iniquidad, ni su pecado sea borrado de delante de ti, porque han desmoralizado a los que edifican. 6 Y edificamos la muralla hasta que toda la muralla estaba unida hasta la mitad de su altura, porque el pueblo tuvo ánimo para trabajar.
7 Aconteció que cuando Sanbalat, Tobías, los árabes, los amonitas y los de Asdod se enteraron que continuaba la reparación de las murallas de Jerusalén, que las brechas comenzaban a ser cerradas, se enojaron mucho. 8 Y todos ellos conspiraron juntos para venir a luchar contra Jerusalén y causar disturbio en ella. 9 Entonces oramos a nuestro Dios, y para defendernos montamos guardia contra ellos de día y de noche.

Just like the Jews, we too have walls built around us to keep us from outer evil. At times, with our sin, we can make holes in these walls to allow the enemy passage in. Are we keeping our walls secure? We need to pray and read the Word and the walls God has built around us will stand firm and solid. As verse 9 says, we must set a watch with prayer. The evil ones are always looking for opportunities to break through the walls, but God gives us the strength and the way to keep the walls tight and strong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nehemiah 2:4-5

Then the king said unto me, For what do you make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said unto the king, If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you would send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers’ sepulchers, that I may rebuild it.

El rey me dijo: ¿Qué es lo que pides? Entonces oré al Dios del cielo, y respondí al rey: Si le place al rey, y si tu siervo ha hallado gracia delante de ti, envíame a Judá, a la ciudad de los sepulcros de mis padres, para que yo la reedifique.

It is very clear that Nehemiah’s first step in making a request of the king was to pray; Whenever we make a decision or have to talk to an official, we should do the same. Prayer should always be our first step. I request your prayers myself. The attacks have been many. I joy in them as I believe that I am walking in God’s path for me and satan doesn’t like it. Thank you and may God bless you!

 

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