These verses tell us a little about Nehemiah and his zeal for the Sabbath Day.  He had to return to the king who was in charge of him (he was his butler) to continue his work until he was given permission to go back to Jerusalem.  It seems that when he was gone the people resorted to doing things on the Sabbath that was not right according to the law God gave to Moses.
There were the sales people from Tyre bringing their wares and selling them on the Sabbath day.  Nehemiah was very jealous to make these things right.
What can I say about Nehemiah’s zeal for Gods ways.  I know most of us who read this will be Gentiles and because of God’s grace are not under the law of Moses.
I would like to ask though whether our love for God’s ways motivates us as much as Nehemiah.  Ephesians 2:10 says, “We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”  Is our heart like Nehemiah’s?




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