Wednesday, September 29
Nehemiah 11:1-24 Now the leaders of the people lived in Jerusalem. And the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to live in Jerusalem the holy city, while nine out of ten remained in the other towns...
think about it.
What do you learn about how Jerusalem was organized? What types of jobs or groups do you find? While this is mainly names and numbers, what do you learn about the people God has gathered to His city?
Once again today we see lots of families, names and numbers. But it's what we see before we get to all the people information that caught my attention. The first two verses, Nehemiah 11:1-2, tell us what's happening and let us know why the names that follow are important, but they also show us something about sacrificing and serving the Lord. We see that the leaders of the people were already living in Jerusalem. But then we're given this bit of information. "And the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to live in Jerusalem the holy city, while nine out of ten remained in the other towns. And the people blessed all the men who willingly offered to live in Jerusalem." This got me thinking about different times when I've been asked to do something I wouldn't have chosen to do, but I felt the Lord's leading and acted on it.
So what does Nehemiah 11:1-24 illustrate regarding serving and taking action for the Lord? What does it show us about supporting and affirming those responding to God's call? Tami W.
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