FRIDAY January 13, 2017
We have acted very corruptly against You, and have not kept the commandments, the statutes, nor the ordinances which You commanded Your servant Moses. Remember, I pray, the word that You commanded Your servant Moses, saying, “If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations…” - >Nehemiah 1:7-8
Incredibly, the more I study the book of Nehemiah; the more gold I discover––those rich spiritual nuggets. The book of Nehemiah not only speaks to my own life personally, but it locks into my mind the history of the Old Testament. These short, thirteen chapters actually build a solid foundation and background into the reasons why God had to judge his people and why the walls of Jerusalem were torn down.
In fact within the history of Israel, there are many twists and turns that can cause people to miss the main point––historically, of what the Bible speaks about from the book of Genesis through to the book of Zechariah. In these books, many people overlook the purpose of the Messiah and they also neglect to see the important references to His birth. It is very easy to get confused; for instance, why was there four hundred years of silence between the book of Malachi and the Gospel of Matthew?
However, it is in the book of Deuteronomy where God’s judgment of Israel is referenced. Moses had already warned the people about the terrible consequences if they chose not to obey God’s Word:
Then the Lordwill scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have known... - (Deuteronomy 28:64).
God always knows what is ahead of us and warns us in His Word. If only we would pay attention, then we would avoid suffering the consequences.
Obey God in all things today! Drive out the enemy! Lay the ax to the root of the tree, and the capacity for Jesus Christ will be increased tomorrow.
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