Nehemiah's appointment of leaders; genealogy of returned exiles; Scriptures read and explained; the Feast (Festival) of Tabernacles (Booths) observed
The ultimate purpose of God for His people was more than the restoration of His Temple and the walls of
After the wall was completed under Nehemiah's supervision, thousands of Jews assembled in
A revival took place, for all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law (8:9).
The most pressing need today is for Christians to become seriously concerned about reading all of God's Word because it is a discerner (judge, critic) of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). God speaks to us through His Word and, as we read it, our various acts of disobedience, whether by ignorance, omission or commission, are brought to mind. This will lead to our conviction, confession, and cleansing. We will then become doers of the Word, and not hearers only (James 1:22).
Furthermore, the guilt which results from sins we have committed should no longer remain after we have confessed and repented. We dare not dig up past confessed and forgiven sins of our own or of others; instead, we should rejoice in the merciful, forgiving love of God through Christ our Savior. In our Lord's parable, the unforgiving servant was delivered to the tormentor. So likewise shall My Heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses (Matthew 18:35).
Through the names required to be registered for priestly service (Nehemiah 7:64). Christ, our Great High Priest (Hebrews 3:1), will soon return wearing His Name, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16).
7:2 feared =/i> revered; 7:3 by =/i> on guard; watches =/i> guards; 7:61 seed =/i> genealogical descent; 7:65 Urim and Thummim =/i> two objects kept in the high priest's breastplate and used to tell the Lord's will (Exodus 28:30); 8:14 booths =/i> temporary shelters.
Pray for The English International Shortwave Radio Broadcast sponsored by Mrs. Ione Boblitz · Staff: Benjamin Wallace · Government Official: Rep. Kenneth Calvert (CA) · Country: Zimbabwe (11 million) in south-central Africa · Major languages: English and Shona · Limited religious freedom · 43% Protestant; 38% animism, mediums, and spirit-possession cults; 16% Roman Catholic · Prayer Suggestion: Pray and lift up your prayers to God with the spirit of understanding (I Corinthians 14:15).
Memory Verse for the Week: Job 23:12