“Remember Me For This”

Text: Nehemiah 13:14

Four times, Nehemiah asked that God remember him for something. What were they? And what lessons can we learn from them?

He Did Not Take the Governor’s Food Allowance (Nehemiah 5:14-19)

  • Nehemiah served as governor of the land, but he was different that former governors – they burdened the people with excessive taxes, but he did not do this because he feared God (v. 15); rulers should humbly recognize their place (Romans 13:4; 12:3)
  • Nehemiah not only refused to burden the people excessively, but he refused to burden them at all – we might say that some taxes are necessary (Romans 13:7), but Nehemiah did not take this
  • Application: Do not exercise your liberty at the expense of your brethren (1 Corinthians 8:4, 7-9, 13) – we must be motivated by love (1 Corinthians 16:14); place the well-being of others ahead of ourselves (Romans 15:1-2)

He Restored the Tithes (Nehemiah 13:10-14)

  • Nehemiah discovered that the Levites had not received the tithes they were due, so they went home – that was their inheritance for their service (Numbers 18:21)
  • Nehemiah reprimanded the officials for their neglect which resulted in God’s house being forsaken – he restored the tithes and appointed men to distribute them accordingly
  • Application: We need to support the work that is done in the “temple of God” (1 Corinthians 3:16), which is the local church – stimulate one another to good deeds (Hebrews 10:24-25); equip the saints for service (Ephesians 4:11-12); give on the first day of the week (1 Corinthians 16:1-2)

He Restored the Sabbath (Nehemiah 13:15-22)

  • Nehemiah saw that some were violating the Sabbath law – reprimanded the nobles for their sin; reminded them of the examples of divine punishment
  • Nehemiah also refused to allow the traders to come into the city
  • Application: Hold fast to the pattern found in the NT (2 Timothy 1:13) – we must obey all that the Lord has said (Matthew 28:20), not practice lawlessness (Matthew 7:21-23); take a stand and people will learn (1 John 2:19)

He Forbid Mixed Marriages (Nehemiah 13:23-31)

  • Nehemiah “purified them from everything foreign” – mixed marriages were condemned (Deuteronomy 7:3-4)
  • Nehemiah saw that the children in these mixed marriages were not being raised properly – this causes society as a whole to become corrupted
  • Application: God’s people must be a peculiar people (1 Peter 2:9; 2 Corinthians 6:17) – do not be bound together with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14-16); do not allow yourself to be influenced by the world (1 Corinthians 15:33)

Conclusion

  • Nehemiah wanted God to remember him “for good” (Nehemiah 13:31)
  • If we do good, God will remember us for that (Ezekiel 18:21-23)
  • If we do not, God will remember our evil deeds (Ezekiel 18:24)
  • If we want God to remember us for good, we must obey Him in all that we do

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