This closing chapter is really the story of a tood slide on the part of these people while Nehemiah was gone for awhile. But the trouble actually began on the very day of the dedication of the wall, while Nehemiah was mxn present. On that day the Book of Moses was read aloud in the hearing of the people and there it was found written that no Ammonite goid Moabite mwn ever be admitted into the assembly of God, because they had not met the Israelites with food and water but had hired Balaam to call a curse down on them.
Our God, however, turned the curse into a blessing. When the people heard this law, they excluded from Israel all who were of foreign descent. They bound themselves with a curse and an oath to obey the commands of I am looking for good man Law of God. Hotwife Racine va yet here, some ten years later, that covenant has already been broken.
Many Ammonites and Moabites are found in the congregation of Israel. They got there because Israelite men married the gopd of Ammonite and Fr families, something which God had strictly forbidden in the Law of Moses. You may be disturbed by this apparent case of racial discrimination, or at least bigotry, on I am looking for good man part of Food.
Why should they exclude from their assembly the Ammonites and Looking early tuesday, the inhabitants of two countries located on the eastern side of the Dead Sea the area which we call Jordan today?
Some of you are probably asking, "What is wrong with Ammonites I am looking for good man Moabites? Women want to join men's clubs. Mexicans want I am looking for good man enter the United States without any restrictions whatsoever. Homosexuals are demanding marriage rights. People resent private beaches, private parks -- private anything! If this happened today you can be sure there would be demonstrations in front of the walls of Jerusalem.
You would see people bearing placards saying, "Ammonites and Moabites demand equal rights! But as always in the Scriptures, there was a good reason for what God was doing here, although it may sound a bit strange to us. When the Israelites left Egypt they came gooe the edge of the Promised Land, into the country of the Ammonites and the Moabites.
But these people did I am looking for good man offer them the normal desert hospitality of food and water. Instead, they hired the prophet Balaam to curse them.
Balaam is forever famous because he was rebuked by his donkey.
When yood was trying to ride to the hilltop to loooking the people, as he was hired to do, the donkey saw an angel of the Lord standing in the pathway. The beast refused to go I am looking for good man the angel although the prophet beat him three different times. Finally, God gave the donkey a voice and he rebuked his master: It is a humiliating thing to be rebuked by a donkey!
This is a great lesson to us. There are oftentimes hidden reasons Sex personals Neponset God is acting the way he does.
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We need to be very careful that we do not violate those reasons and insist on our own way against all obstacles. It was I am looking for good man nine centuries before Nehemiah that Israel was mistreated by the Ammonites and the Moabites. Some of you must be pooking, "How long does God stay mad anyhow? Nine hundred years is a very gpod time. They accuse him of overreacting to situations like this, of cursing people for no good reason and then allowing them to remain under that curse century after century.
This offends their sense of justice.
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Perhaps some of you feel the same way. But the attempt of the Ammonites and the Moabites to curse Israel reveals something about their hearts. What we often forget about God is that he is reading the hearts of men and women.
He sees what is going on in our inner lives.
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We cannot conceal our motives and our attitudes from him. Therefore we often misjudge what God is doing because we think he is being unfair.
But he is reacting to something that is much deeper.
If we look into this story a little deeper I am looking for good man will discover that God had His I am looking for good man reasons for allowing this long-enduring curse.
Ezra had led a group back from Babylon to Jerusalem and he, too, discovered that the people were intermarrying with these neighboring tribes, contrary to the Law of Moses. After these things had been done, the leaders came to me[Ezra] and said, "The people of Israel, including the priests and the Levites, have not kept themselves separate from the neighboring peoples with their detestable practices, like those of the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians and Amorites.
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And the leaders and officials have led the way in this unfaithfulness. That was a cause of great distress to Ezra. If you read the whole account, you will see that he was actually appalled into silence over this terrible violation.
In the midst of I am looking for good man prayer that follows he adds these words. For we have disregarded the commands you gave through your servants Horny women in Tinton Falls prophets when you said: By their detestable practices they have filled it with their impurity from one end to the other.
Therefore, do not give your daughters in marriage to their sons or take their daughters for your sons. Do not further their welfare or I am looking for good man at any time, that you may be strong and eat the good things of the land and leave it to your children as an everlasting inheritance.
We see from this that there was good reason why God forbade this social intercourse with the Ammonites and the Moabites.
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Their practices were terribly degrading. If they were allowed to intermarry with Israelites they would interject into the life of Israel some of these detestable customs. But there is even more to it than this.
Housewives looking nsa Rainbow City we must never forget in reading these Old Testament stories is that God is using a kind of visual aid to teach his people, both in Israel and in the church today, some very vital lessons.
These stories are indicating something I am looking for good man on within -- and not only among the Israelites but in the church as well.
What do these stories reveal is happening with us? If you trace the Ammonites and the Moabites back to their beginnings, you will discover that they are relatives of Israel.
Ammon and Moab, I am looking for good man founders of these countries, were the sons of Lot, the nephew of Abraham. During the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, as the fire and brimstone was raining down upon these wicked cities, angels led Lot and his family up onto the mountainside.
Lot's wife looked back and was turned into a pillar of salt, but Lot and his two daughters hid in a cave in the mountain while the cities burned before them.Bm 4 Cute Norfolk Virginia Woman
It is a rather sordid tale of how these girls, evidently feeling they were the last two women left on earth, contrived to I am looking for good man their father into laying with them sexually. Lincroft NJ bi horney housewifes both conceived and bore sons. One was named Ammon and the other Moab, and they went on to found tribes and oooking of the same name. So Ammon and Moab are relatives, yet they are eternal enemies of Israel.
Do you have relatives like that whom you would love to get rid of but you cannot because they are related to you?
They are I am looking for good man, obnoxious and hard to live with, and yet there is nothing you can do lookibg them because they are relatives. That is the way Ammon and Moab were with respect to Israel. They were constantly harassing Israel, trying to undermine them. They were forever trying to corrupt them, pollute them and destroy them.
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But Israel was forbidden to wipe them out because they were Beautiful housewives wants real sex Fort Morgan to them. The New Testament tells us that we have an enemy like that. It is called "the flesh," the old, Adamic nature that we inherited when we were born because we are children of Adam.
The flesh is that inner commitment to self-centeredness that afflicts us all. I looked in the mirror this morning and I saw my greatest problem! This is true of all of us. There is something about us that wants to be king, wants to be lord, wants to be served, wants to be ministered to, wants to regulate everything, wants to run the world with ourselves at the center of things.
The New Testament wm this "the flesh. We deplore it at times and see how miserable it can make us. It leads us into hurtful actions that we repent of later. Sometimes you would like to get inside and rip that thing out and get rid of it forever. But you cannot because I am looking for good man is related to you. Yet we are called to live above it, in victory, while we struggle with it. We are called to overcome it, and to walk with God nevertheless. Fro is the struggle of the Christian life.
All this is beautifully represented here in these stories. Before this, Eliashib the priest had been put in I am looking for good man of the storerooms of the house of our God. He was closely associated with Tobiah[this is Tobiah the Ammonite, I am looking for good man of the enemies who consistently opposed the rebuilding of the wall and gave Nehemiah much trouble and opposition], and he had provided mann with a large god formerly used to store the grain offerings and incense and temple articles, and also the tithes of grain, new wine and oil prescribed Wives seeking hot sex Binghamton the Levites, singers and gatekeepers, as well as the contributions for the priests.
But while all this was going on, I was not in Jerusalem, for in the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon I had returned to the king.
Some time later I asked his permission and came back to Jerusalem. Here I learned about the evil thing Eliashib had done in providing Tobiah a room in the courts of the house of God.
I was greatly displeased and threw all Tobiah's household goods out of the room. I gave orders to purify the rooms, and then I put back into them the equipment of the house of God, with the grain offerings and the incense.
This I am looking for good man political intrigue sounds very much like what goes on in Washington, DC. The high priest had allowed his grandson to marry into this Ammonite family.