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Torah Meditations from Korach 6/27/20

“If you fear, make sure it is the fear of G-d and not the fear of man.” 

                                                                                                    Pastor Mark

In these days of pandemics, riots, “’Chop zones”, fake news and just plain craziness, we need to train ourselves to focus on our great G-d and His strength, His plans, His Kingdom, His truth and His Coming because fear can control! 

In Nehemiah we are told that there were people who specifically desired to put fear into Nehemiah!

Nehemiah 6:13,14  For this reason they had given him money, in order that I might be overcome by fear and do what he said and do wrong, and so they would have reason to say evil about me and put shame on me.  Keep in mind, O my G-d, Tobiah and Sanballat and what they did, and Hoadiah, the woman prophet, and the rest of the prophets whose purpose was to put fear into me.

1. In the above verses, someone had been given money. What was that someone being paid to do? 

2. From the underlined words, what outcome did the evil-doer want?

3. What role did fear play in the scenario Nehemiah is describing?

4. To whom is Nehemiah bringing His problems? Explain why G-d is powerful enough to handle these problems, and how does Nehemiah have to work with G-d?

Nehemiah 6:17-19 And further, in those days the chiefs of Judah sent a number of letters to Tobiah, and his letters came to them.  For in Judah there were a number of people who had made an agreement by oath with him, because he was the son-in-law of Shecaniah, the son of Arah, and his son Jehohanan had taken as his wife the daughter of Meshullam, the son of Berechiah. And they said much before me of the good he had done, and gave him accounts of my words.  And Tobiah sent letters with the purpose of causing me fear.

1. Do we see that people of influence and leaders are trying to set traps?

2. What is the true purpose of Tobiah’s letters? How are these people trying to persuade Nehemiah that Tobiah is on his side?

Nehemiah 7:1,2 Now when the building of the wall was complete and I had put up the doors, and the door-keepers and the music-makers and the Levites had been given their places,  I made my brother Hanani, and Hananiah, the ruler of the tower, responsible for the government of Jerusalem, for he was a man of good faith, fearing God more than most. 

1. What made Hanani/Hananiah a man of good faith? 

2. When our fear is fear of G-d, what difference does it make?

“If you fear, make sure it is the fear of G-d and not the fear of man.”