Due to Christmas I am a little late posting our Bible Study Update. To the few that will read this, apologies :)! I am blessed to see how God uses each time we meet. During this lesson we were able to open up a little more and share our struggles as mothers and were we need prayer. If you have not been able to come yet, please don't hesitate to.. the encouragement in His word is so worth it! As the Lord leads.. we don't need to fill up our calendars with one more thing ;)
Brick Upon Brick
"Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others as better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests others." Philippians 2:3-4
This lesson was an eye opener. The memory verse alone speaks volumes to us Moms. Amen?! Due to time. Here is a quick summary of the chapter I found when searching the internet.
Complain Against Usury
Then there rise a great outcry of the common people and their wives against certain of their fellow Jews. They tell Nehemiah that they are forced to pawn their sons and daughters and their fields, vineyards, and houses so that they may have food to eat. They tell Nehemiah that their own kinsmen have imposed great tax burden on them.
- We pondered the hopelessness and despair of these families. Many of us are in debt, but the thought of having to sell our own children into slavery is another thing!
Upon hearing this Nehemiah becomes extremely angry. So he calls the nobles and magistrates and rebukes them severely for their deeds. He asks them to put an end to this usury and return to them their fields, their vineyards, their olive groves, and their houses, together with the interest on the money, the grain, the wine, and the oil that they have lent them.
- We then covered Exodus 22:25 and Leviticus 25:35-41 to understand why he was so angry because they were violating Gods law.
- On a more personal note we looked at Matthew 18:21-35, The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant. Hello! What a story! A good conversation came up about our attitude in giving. God has graciously provided so much for us, do we respond kindly to others?
- This section regarding Nehemiah's righteous anger really touched home. We discussed the importance of controlling our anger. "After serious thought"(vs 7) he rebuked the nobles and magistrates. What an example! How often we react, even with our children and regret it later. Are there times when you need to separate yourself and just calm down? Be angry but do not sin ( Psalm 4:4) Or not let the sun go down on your wrath.. (Eph. 4:26)
- Nehemiah was a man of great influence. He had an ability to motivate others into action. Oh, how I want to be a good motivator for my children! Especially since we started a new schedule for our day. I have felt very weak in this area.
- Quoted from our study: "Statistics show that the average person will influence some ten thousand others in his or her lifetime. What do you want others to remember about your influence?"
I am positive much more came up from our discussion! It was a very intimate time and precious time. I know God is going to use Lesson 5.. and I have only read the first two paragraphs! :)
Blessings and Love,