Saturday, October 2
Read & Respond
Nehemiah 13:1-14 On that day they read from the Book of Moses in the hearing of the people. And in it was found written that no Ammonite or Moabite should ever enter the assembly of God...
think about it.
How did the reading of the Law impact the people (13:1-3)? For a time, Nehemiah is not in Jerusalem. What happens in his absence (13:4-6)? How does Nehemiah handle these problems on his return (13:7-13)? What marks of a good leader do you think Nehemiah models here?
Yesterday we looked at thanksgiving and singing as part of the dedication of the wall, and today we see that the reading of Scripture was also an important part of this dedication. I was drawn to the first three verses (Nehemiah 13:1-3) where we see how the people responded right away once they heard the law. But I was also a little saddened because the people had obviously fallen away from God and, as a result, were not familiar with the laws He had given them.
So what can we do both before and after we read our Bibles to help us tune in and be responsive to what God has for us? Tami W.
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