NOADIAH – The Last Prophet

The last  scene of the Old Testament is that of Nehemiah closing the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath.  It was the end of an era.

They were desolate days in Jerusalem.

The Jews had killed the beloved prophet Zechariah son of Berechiah, but Ezra the scribe and Nehemiah the Persian appointed Governor of Judea, omitted it from their glorious records reverberating with Jewish lineage and self praise.

It took the coming of Jesus, the light to the Gentiles, to illuminate the dark acts of the Jews –

“Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous. And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’…upon you will come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.”  Matthew 23:29-35

Stephen also said of the Jews –

Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute?

We need to understand the history of the Jews through the lens of Jesus. When Nehemiah recorded that Noadiah and all the prophets were trying to intimidate him, were his actions right, or were Noadiah and  the other prophets right to oppose him ?  Nehemiah asked for  God to take note of those he saw as enemies, including Tobiah, Sanballat, Noadiah and the rest of the prophets –

“O my God, remember Tobiah and Sanballat for what they have done, and also Noadiah the prophetess and the rest of the prophets who tried to intimidate me” Nehemiah 6:14

Noadiah is the final named prophet of the Old Testament history books. Malachi was contemporary but is not mentioned by Ezra and Nehemiah, just as the murder of Zechariah was omitted –

Malachi contemporary with Ezra NG

National Geographic 2020, Women of the Bible, Jean-Pierre Isbouts, p. 31

Perhaps Noadiah was the head of the other prophets which included Malachi,  as she is mentioned first, or perhaps there is another explanation (see link to book at end). Were all these prophets wrong to oppose Nehemiah?

Was Nehemiah right to throw Tobiah out of the temple ? Someone who had been given a room there by the High Priest ? Should the high priest or a Persian appointed governor have had more authority ?

 Eliashib the priest(he was the High Priest) a relative of Tobiah, had been put in charge of the storerooms of the house of our God and had prepared for Tobiah a large room where they had previously stored the grain offerings etc…While all this was happening, I was not in Jerusalem, because I had returned to Artaxerxes king of Babylon in the thirty-second year of his reign. Some time later I obtained leave from the king to return to Jerusalem. Then I discovered the evil that Eliashib had done on behalf of Tobiah by providing him a room in the courts of the house of God.

And I was greatly displeased and threw all of Tobiah’s household goods out of the room. Then I ordered that the rooms be purified, and I had the articles of the house of God restored to them, along with the grain offerings and frankincense.  Nehemiah 13:4-9

In contrast to what Nehemiah did, Jesus said “In my Father’s house are many rooms”. He meant ‘rooms for people’ – far more important than grain offerings etc.

Was Nehemiah right to overturn the decision of the High Priest Eliashib who showed kindness to Tobiah?

Was Nehemiah right to drive away the grandson of the High Priest Eliashib ?

Even one of the sons of Jehoiada son of Eliashib the high priest had become a son-in-law to Sanballat the Horonite. Therefore I drove him away from me.

Was Nehemiah right to be annoyed by the constant reporting of Tobiah’s good deeds by the nobles of Judah ?

“Moreover, these nobles kept reporting to me Tobiah’s good deeds”  Nehemiah 6:19

Traditionally, people have viewed the  actions of  Ezra and Nehemiah as noble acts of men following God, following the Law and building up the walls of Jerusalem.

But there is another way of viewing the last of the Old Testament history. The thinking of Ezra and Nehemiah is there to show us what not to do. To show us how a surface reading of the Law can lead us into the kind of error that lacks mercy, the kind of judgement that lacks love. It can be wrongly used to justify excluding people rather than welcoming them. To build up walls rather than tearing them down.  It can in fact, be exactly the type of behaviour that God and Jesus condemn.

For an informative short novel giving context to the days Ezra, Nehemiah and Noadiah, See –

The Message – A Romance in the Days of Ezra by John Thatcher

The Message - Days of Ezra

Also See Last Events of Old Testament – Right or Wrong ?

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