Dave Jones continues the series on Nehemiah and speaks about how Nehemiah stops oppression of the poor.
At this point, the people who are building the wall are lacking food and money. They put on a façade: “We are a united people.” In reality, things are not shared properly. People are made slaves because they have no money and cannot pay back their debt with high interest. Fields are mortgaged with high taxes. They bought back slaves, but also enslaved their own brethren.
Do you put on a façade? Nehemiah took less than what he was allotted and dealt honestly. Because he feared God, he did not become a hypocrite and did not put himself in an elite position.