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May 14, 2019

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Reading along with us in Nehemiah? Here’s today’s reading:

Nehemiah 13 (ESV)

On that day they read from the Book of Moses in the hearing of the people. And in it was found written that no Ammonite or Moabite should ever enter the assembly of God.....Continue Reading

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  1. 22Then I commanded the Levites that they should purify themselves and come and guard the gates, to keep the Sabbath day holy. Remember this also in my favor, O my God, and spare me according to the greatness of your steadfast love.

  2. This chapter is a sad reality that sin still plagues the people of Israel. Corruption at all levels had taken place and Nehemiah attempts to fix the problem. The passages are clear that he tries to appoint godly leaders, but we know from the prophet Malachi that these fixes are just temporary.
    I am not immune to this problem. I am reminded of the hymn lyrics ‘prone to wander, Lord I feel it; prone to leave the God I love’. Paul summarizes our problem in 1 Corinthians 10:12; “So if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you do not fall!”.
    It is easy to read the words here in Nehemiah and wag our heads at how easily the leaders led people astray even after making a covenant to follow God. But a better response is that we take warning from the example here and realize that we are not immune and can easily be lead astray.

  3. 29Remember them, O my God, because they have desecrated the priesthood and the covenant of the priesthood and the Levites.
    30Thus I cleansed them from everything foreign, and I established the duties of the priests and Levites, each in his work; 31and I provided for the wood offering at appointed times, and for the firstfruits.
    Remember me, O my God, for good.

  4. What a great chapter describing the importance of leadership and the true corruption that is in all of our hearts. How can we not be struck by how soon after hearing the word for 3 hours and making a covenant to be faithful and do the things to take care of the temple and the ones who served there that the people disobey. And not only that, one of the priests makes an agreement with one of the primary instigators of opposition to the building of the wall! Talk about making a deal with the devil….So Nehemiah thinks that it is ok for him to go back to his service of the king. After all, things were going so well…but how quickly things fall apart. It is indicative of how evil we can be if not checked by the Word, the Spirit and good leadership. And that is exactly what Nehemiah provides. He gets things back on track for the support of the temple and it’s servants, in rooting out the evil presence of the enemy in the temple, of reestablishing proper respect of the Sabbath and the principles about marrying foreign wives. May those of us who lead, lead as well as Nehemiah (except maybe pulling out hair) and those who follow, follow in obedience to God first and godly leaders second.

    It would be interesting to kick around thoughts on Nehemiah’s pleas to God for Him to recognize him for his obedience….it’s a little unsettling to me. That’s not to say it is totally wrong, but maybe not a precedent to follow as well…..

  5. Well, I’m still behind but I have made it to Esther. I must admit that I struggled with the lists of names in the latter books of Nehemiah. However, it is remarkable how accurate the headcounts were.

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