Nehemiah 5:3-7 Some also there were that said, We have mortgaged our lands, vineyards, and houses, that we might buy grain, because of the famine. There were also those that said, We have borrowed money for the king's tax, and that upon our lands and vineyards. Yet now our flesh is as the flesh of our brethren, our children as their children: and, lo, we bring into bondage our sons and our daughters to be servants, and some of our daughters are brought unto bondage already: neither is it in our power to redeem them; for other men have our lands and vineyards. And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words. Then I consulted with myself, and I rebuked the nobles, and the rulers, and said unto them, you exact interest, every one from his brother. And I held a great assembly against them.
As Nehemiah had the men of the Jews rebulding the walls around the city of Jerusalem, it came out that many of the families had resorted to mortgages just to pay taxes to the king. The notes were held by other Jews, their own countrymen. Of course, God had rules for His people against charging each other interest. I won't go into that at the moment. But, Nehemiah heard the broken-hearted cry of his people. Then, he asked himself how this could be. Do that some time. Consult with yourself, and see what you have to answer in reply to yourself. The result for Nehemiah was that he spoke out against the harsh interest rates, and decided to abolish this practice. I don't know what to say about this, other than to point out that the man of God understood in his Spirit that God's people wanted to own their own land. And, there is the heart of the matter. God's people want. That's what we do best. It points you back to the beginning of the Shepherd's Psalm, which says we will not want... or lack... for anything. Psalms 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.