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Day 36 Forty Shekels, The Taxman Cometh

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Read: Nehemiah 5.15 (NRSV)

As a prophet, Nehemiah helps the king hear the cry of the people. Can you imagine a king raising taxes in a time of famine in the land? People were losing their homes, farms, and vineyards in exchange for food on the table today. We have had a glimpse of this firsthand in the pandemic.

The king has a change of heart, after thinking it over, he found people to blame and charge with the injustice. He had people who were sold into slavery returned and he established lending without interest.

A leader that loses sight of the needs of the people should fear what justice God will bring upon them. Reform to help the king is different from reform that helps the people.

Action Plan: Write letters to our local and national leaders so that they might hear the cries of the oppressed.

Prayer: Help me do more than talk about injustice. Let me be an agent of change and a prophetic voice for you. Amen.

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