8/7/2019 0 Comments
Welcome, welcome, welcome my friends.
Let us start to study another book of the Holy Bible with another courageous man, Nehemiah, who God used in a powerful manner, just as He did with Joshua. [See the series in this room, from February 24, 2019 - June 19, 2019,]
For today, Wednesday August 7, 2019, since your 'first read', July 21, 2019, as we continue from July 24, 2019; July 28, 2019; July 31, 2019; August 4, 2019, let's continue our study in 'Nehemiah' in more detail. First some background information. We will continue to post on a 'weekly' basis with this material.
“Restoration”: In a world ravaged by sin, restoration and renovation are ongoing projects. The physical condition of Jerusalem and the spiritual condition of the returning Jews make the rebuilding of both the key theme of Nehemiah. The physical and spiritual reconstruction that this book describes, reminds us that the work of the Lord requires intense, committed labor, because forces are always fighting to tear down what He has built. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html.
“Covenant Commitments”: Throughout the history of the Jewish people, signposts were established to mark the faithfulness of God and the spiritual growth of the people. Just as God put His laws onto stone tablets to emphasize their permanence, so Nehemiah led the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem to pledge their faithfulness to God and His laws with their own signatures (9:38 – 10:39). Confessing commitments out loud (Romans 10:9), and putting them in writing are just two ways to establish spiritual accountability.
“Leadership”: Spiritual leadership requires human and divine activity, and Nehemiah’s experience reveals both working in one accord. While the wall around Jerusalem was being built, Nehemiah prayed for protection, but also set watchmen on the wall and required all laborers to carry swords strapped to their sides as they worked (4:9, 18). Meanwhile, the Lord enlisted willing volunteers for the work and ensured that their efforts were protected at every turn. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html.
“What the Book of means to you, to me”: Nehemiah could have heard the news about Jerusalem at the breakfast table and said, “That is too bad!” Instead, the terrible dilemma of his people in a faraway place gripped his heart. Yet rather than giving in to anxiety or depression, he took his concern to God, asking how he might be used.
Nehemiah shows us how God’s work gets done. It starts with a person’s concern, moves into prayer, and translates into courageous action. We must first be aware – living life with eyes open to the needs of others rather than being self-absorbed. After that, when God moves our hearts about a situation, we should give ourselves over to intense, persistent prayer. Then, directed and empowered by the Lord, we can look for ways to step into the circumstance and do what we can.
[My friends, re-read this paragraph again and again. This is how the Lord works with His children, even today.]
Like Nehemiah, we may be surprised at how much we can accomplish when the Lord is backing our efforts, when He has given use the 'work'. For you see, without the Holy Spirit indwelled and leading us; without us being submitted and obedient to His nudges, we will have no 'works of God', but our own works for God. The prophet Isaiah, at Isaiah 64:6 New International Version (NIV), clearly tells us, to wit:
'6 All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away.'. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html.
Much has been posted. Please take the next two weeks [through August 24, 2019] to read and review all. Then, beginning August 25, 28, 2019, we will continue with our 'chapter by chapter' posts. At that time, we will be posting on a bi-monthly basis audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html. giving you more time to again, re-read the Book of Nehemiah. Thank you for returning.
Take you time and glance through the Book of Ezra audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html. as well as Esther, as well. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html You will get a better understanding as we discuss the 'final touches' through 'Nehemiah'. Amen. Amen.
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