11. Return this very day to them their fields, vineyards, olive yards, and houses, also a hundredth of all the money, grain, new wine and oil that you have exacted from them.
12. Then they said, we will restore these and require nothing from them. We will do as you say. Then I called the priests, and took an oath of the lenders, that they would do according to this promise. Amp.
The Jewish people had commandments concerning money. When the people had to pay the Persian king’s heavy taxes, some did not have the money to pay so they had to borrow from their brothers. Then when they could not pay their brothers, they lost their property, and their children became slaves.
Instead of their Jewish brothers having mercy upon them they made a profit off of them though the Jewish Law prohibited them from doing so. That just made their captivity worse, adding sin to sin.
Psalm 15:5 He who does not put out his money for interest to one of his own people, and who will not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.
We live in a society where most of us must take out a loan for a home or we will forever live in a very small and inconvenient apartment. I believe this is speaking on more of a personal matter of friends loaning to friends when they are in need. We are not to make a profit off of a friend or member of the Body of Christ. We are to treat them as family. No one wants their family to suffer needlessly for someone else’s gain.
Romans 13:8 Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor — who practices loving others — has fulfilled the Law (relating to one’s fellowmen), meeting all its requirements.
When love is in the midst, things would be properly carried out for the good of all and not like they did in Nehemiah’s day. We must pray about all we do. Even our finances and our borrowing and our lending.
Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy, (John 10:10). He will do his best to steal what we have if he can. So, we must obey the scriptures and be blameless before the Lord. We must do our best always paying our tithe and being good stewards of what we have been given.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have; for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. KJV
The Greek meaning for the word conversation is character. We must be without a greedy desire for things and be content with what we have. He wants to supply our every need abundantly. The only way He will do this is when things take a second place to Him. When He becomes your everything, “things” become very insignificant. That is when He opens the windows of heaven and pours out His abundant blessing!
John 10:10 … I came that they may have and enjoy life and have it in abundance — to the full, till it overflows. Amp.
That is His perfect will for us all. Let us allow Him to cleanse our hearts from all covetousness and selfishness so that He can do it!