The result of listening to men eventually manifest in doing great evil. It may take a while before the evil manifests, but it does. In this case, it was an act of taking strange wives … what could be more harmless or simple – but Nehemiah calls it an act of great evil. This looks like an exaggeration …after all, the women could be changed, the influence of godly men will overcome the strangeness … but Nehemiah calls it a great evil. Nehemiah sees the future destructions and harms that are not evident. Nehemiah sees how the children will be used by the devil as his agents to cause sorrows for the Israelites. Nehemiah sees acts of sabotage that will frustrate the efforts of the children of Israel, in the strange mixtures that will arise.
Nehemiah calls it a transgression against God … not against Nehemiah. Soon wicked fires of envy, lusts and manipulation will rage as these strange women begin to influence the society against God’s plans.
Verses for further meditation
Genesis 6:5; Matthew 6:23
Thoughts for Business and the work place
Leaders can see ahead – evils that must be avoided.
Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, deliver me from evil. Amen
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