Instead of feeling proud and satisfied, I should have been waiting for the other sandal to drop.
4 Eliashib the priest, who had been appointed as custodian of the Temple storerooms and who was also a good friend of Tobiah, 5 had converted a storage room into a beautiful guest room for Tobiah. The room had previously been used for storing the grain offerings, frankincense, bowls, and tithes of grain, new wine, and olive oil...
Nehemiah 13: 4-5 TLB
I'm not proud of it, but I kinda went off the deep end when I found out Eliashib had turned Temple rooms into a Holiday Inn for his BFF.
I was angry, really angry, and threw everything in the room out into the street, all of Tobiah’s stuff. Then I ordered that they ceremonially cleanse the room.
Nehemiah 13: 8 MSG
Our agreement had made provisions for the maintenance of the Levites and the Temple. The locals had totally welshed on that one.
But the biggest slap in the face was when I discovered that half of the children in our families couldn't speak our own language. Intermarriages between Isrealites and foreigners are flat out forbidden, and language is only a small reason why. Sorry, Dear Reader, but here's where I really lost it.
So I took those men to task, gave them a piece of my mind, even slapped some of them and jerked them by the hair. I made them swear to God: “Don’t marry your daughters to their sons; and don’t let their daughters marry your sons—and don’t you yourselves marry them!"
Nehemiah 13: 25 MSG
- none of us is perfect, everyone can slip up;
- being a leader means living by a higher standard, and being vigilant;
- there seems to be no limits to God's patience and love for His children.