OYB August 13
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- 2009 Aug 13
5:19 Remember, O my God, all that I have done for these people, and bless me for it. David did this same thing-reminding the Lord not to forget what he had done and to bless him for it. I suppose it's okay to do! What's good enough for Nehemiah and David is good enough for me. But I know God won't forget. This is just a way of making ourselves feel better to remind God of what needs to take place. Hey God, could you put this on your Google Calendar so you don't forget what you promised, or what I did for you, or what they did to me?
6:8-9 I replied, "There is no truth in any part of your story. You are making up the whole thing."
They were just trying to intimidate us, imagining that they could discourage us and stop the work. So I continued the work with even greater determination. This is a good reminder of our enemies. They are only trying to discourage us to stop the work. We must stay determined
6:11-13 But I replied, "Should someone in my position run from danger? Should someone in my position enter the Temple to save his life? No, I won't do it!" I realized that God had not spoken to him, but that he had uttered this prophecy against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. They were hoping to intimidate me and make me sin. Then they would be able to accuse and discredit me. I suppose that Nehemiah, being in a position of authority, must display faith in his God and the resulting courage. To run and hide from his enemies would discredit him in the worst way, by showing his faith wasn't what he professed. Gosh, if I could only admit all the times I'm tempted to run away and hide from my challenging circumstances! Sometimes it's a daily battle! Good reminder what a sin it would be.
6:14 Remember, O my God, all the evil things that Tobiah and Sanballat have done. And remember Noadiah the prophet and all the prophets like her who have tried to intimidate me. There it is again! Remember, Lord. This whole "remember" thing seems to be a two way street. God reminds us, we remind God. I wonder who is more likely to remember?
6:15 So on October 2 the wall was finished—just fifty-two days after we had begun. I have no idea how they came up with October 2 (footnotes). They say that the month is Elul, which on my chart goes from mid-August to mid-September.
7:5 So my God gave me the idea to call together all the nobles and leaders of the city... God's sovereignty showing up again! Seems we won't miss an idea or appointment.
8:1 Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies. Knowledge puffs up, love builds up. Haven't we all seen this? Haven't we all done this? Rather frightening prospect as we become well-educated, refined adults.
8:2-3 If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know; but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him. What a powerful (and humbling) passage! The way I see this, the more we think we know, the less we know. The less we think we know, and the more we just expend ourselves by loving God (and others), the more we are known by Him.
8:6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him. So if I have this straight:
All are from God and all exist for Him.
All are by Jesus Christ, and all exist through Him.
From, for, God. By, through, Jesus. Very cool!
33:6 The Lord merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born. Just a reminder that I love this verse! He breathed "the word..." Universe: single spoken word!