Day 94 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 Ezra 10, Nehemiah 01 to 03
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DIFFERENT APPROACH but SAME GOAL
We often say that God looks for people , not methods and programmes . We justify our choice by choosing to highlight only certain Bible characters. We look at David rather than Moses ( @ vice versa) , and at Peter rather than Paul ( @ vice versa) . Let us look at EZRA and NEHEMIAH , and to ponder upon the APPROACH taken by them to accomplish the common GOAL to stand firm with THEIR CREDENTIALS and to deal with the SIN that cropped up within the community . Remember there was 13 years gap between these two great characters' leadership.
1) TRIP TO JERUSALEM
Nehemiah approached the king and asked for letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates to ensure that he could travel safely and a letter to Asaph for timber for construction. ✒ Neh 2:7-8.
Whereas Ezra chose not to ask for help nor any letters from the king ( Ezra 8:22) .
🎈Ezra' s faith in God was so strong that he believed that God would provide him safe travel and other needs ( 8:21,23 ".. I proclaimed a fast .. So we fasted... and God answered our prayer ")
Who is correct ❓
2) THE SIN OF INTERMARRIAGE
Intermarriage were taking place not only among the laity but among the Priests and Levites ( Ezra 9:1-2 & Neh 13:23-24)
* Ezra tore his clothes and pulled out his hair from head and beard ( 9:3 )
Whereas Nehemiah reacted by pronouncing curses on them , bear them and pulled out their hairs( Neh 13:23-25)
Who is correct ❓
📝 Ezra's approach for visiting Jerusalem and to deal with the sin of Intermarriage was a humble approach . But after 13 years the approach taken by Nehemiah for the same goal was different.
📝 Both Ezra and Nehemiah were correct with their Approach during their time.
Today , there are numbers of Denominations having different doctrines, ordination, worship pattern , baptism and partaking of Holy Communion. Many a times we are divided under these platforms. Let us not forget that we all are called with ONE Hope -- ONE Lord , ONE Faith, ONE Baptism; ONE God and Father of all , who is over all and through all and in all ( Eph 4:4-6)
No matter our approach with reference to the World Evangelization may be different but let Christ be the Centre ✝
Paul writes, ".... and if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.." ✒ Philp 3:15
GLORY TO GOD 🙏
Mark Boje, ArP🌄
-> Inter marriage-sin against God <-
The people of Israel including the priests and Levites did not keep themselves away from the neighbours detestable practices. The holy race had indulged in intermarriage and were unfaithful. Ezra tore his clothes. This was a common way to express grief and sorrow over the unfaithfulness of the people. Then he prayed and wept for God's mercy.
The people felt sorry for their sins and decided to send away the women and their children. Mothers were in custody of their children when marriages were broken and the divorce proceedings were completed. Nehemiah heard about the trouble and disgrace of those who survived the exile.
-> Nehemiah Goes to Jerusalem <-
In Jerusalem the walls were broken and the gates were burnt down. Nehemiah was the cupbearer of the king. God answered his prayer and the king gave him permission to go to Jerusalem to promote the welfare of the Israelites.
-> Nehemiah Inspects Broken Walls <-
During the nights with a few men he went about inspecting the broken walls and gates. Some of the neighbours mocked and ridiculed them. But the repair of the walls and gates started. Disputes between the rivals were common. Sanballat asked several questions to taunt the Jews and discourage them in their efforts to rebuild the walls.
-> Nehemiah's Great Concern <-
Through the people who visited him, he came to know that the city in which his fathers were buried was in ruins. By God's grace his desire to rebuild the city and walls was fulfilled though there was much opposition.
Mrs Caroline Chellappa 📝
⏳ Confession of Improper Marriages
While Ezra was bowing in prayer in front of the Temple, weeping and confessing these sins, a large group of Israelites---men, women, and children---gathered around him, weeping bitterly.
Ezra the priest stood up and spoke to them. He said, *You have been faithless and have brought guilt on Israel by marrying foreign women.
Now then, confess your sins to the LORD, the God of your ancestors, and do what pleases him.
⏳ Nehemiah Prays for His People
They also told me that the walls of Jerusalem were still broken down and that the gates had not been restored since the time they were burned.
When I heard all this, I sat down and wept. For several days I mourned and did not eat. I prayed to God,
💫 LORD God of Heaven! You are great, and we stand in fear of you. You faithfully keep your covenant with those who love you and do what you command.
*Lord, these are your servants, your own people. You rescued them by your great power and strength.
⏳ Nehemiah Sent to Judah
The emperor asked , What is it that you want? I prayed to the God of Heaven, and then I said to the emperor, If Your Majesty is pleased with me and is willing to grant my request, let me go to the land of Judah, to the city where my ancestors are buried, so that I can rebuild the city.
As I went, I inspected the broken walls of the city and the gates that had been destroyed by fire.
I answered , The God of Heaven will give us success. We are his servants, and we are going to start building. But you have no right to any property in Jerusalem, and you have no share in its traditions.
This is how the city wall was rebuilt. The High Priest Eliashib and his fellow priests rebuilt the Sheep Gate, dedicated it, and put the gates in place. They dedicated the wall as far as the Tower of the Hundred and the Tower of Hananel.
each one building in front of his own house.
💫 Be fair with Innocent⚖
💫 AS I AM........
💫 I AM COMING SOON
"ALL GLORY AND HONOUR BELONGS TO GOD ALONE"
🍇 Simple thoughts for
💫 deeper meditation.
Nehemiah: 2:17 "Then I said to them," you see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins and its gates have been burnt with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace."
Nehemiah was a Jewish leader in exile, who was the cup bearer to King Artaxerxes of Babylon.
⚡ Nehemiah received a distressing report of the condition of Jerusalem. His heart was filled with concern for the welfare of Jerusalem, his home land, when he heard that the wall around the city was broken down. Wanting to do something he prayed to God with fasting.
⚡ What is on your mind?
Thanks or burdens? Whatever it is, your loving God wants to hear your heart.
⚡ Nehemiah obtained permission from Artaxerxes to return and rebuild the walls. When he reached Jerusalem he exhorted his
people with the verses quoted above to come and rebuild the wall of Jerusalem.
⚡ It gives a powerful lesson for us as we consider the damaged parts of our past that needed repair. It is our faith in Christ and His power that enables us to look ahead, move forward and rebuild.
⚡ At first glance, chapter:3 might appear to be a boring account of who did what in the reconstruction. However, a closer look highlights how people worked together. Priests were working along side rulers; Perfume makers were helping as well as goldsmiths. There were some who lived in nearby towns and came to give a hand. Others made repairs opposite their houses. Shallum's daughters, for example worked along with the men, and some people repaired two sections, like the men of Tekoa.
⚡ Two things stand from this chapter. First, they all worked together for a common goal. Second, all of them are commended for
being part of the work, not for how much or little they did as compared to others.
🌈 Today we see damaged families and broken society. But Jesus came to build the Kingdom of God through the transformation of lives. All of us have something to do. So let us work side by side and do our part- whether big or small- to create a community of love where people can find Jesus.
Are you ready for that ?
Dr. Thomas David.🎯
...Give your servant success today by granting him favor..... Neh 1:11
Nehemiah ,cup bearer of Persian king was concerned about the broken walls and burnt gates.He wept and mourned for many days .He fasted and prayed.
His prayer included praising God for His power,confessing the nation's sins ,his family and his sins,remembering God's promises ,and giving the petition to God.
Nehemiah knew that Israel 's persistent sin ,by disobeying the instructions,God gave Moses,,brought about the exile of the Israelites.He was firmly convinced that God would keep His promise to restore the nation if people repented (Deu 30:1-5)
So Nehemiah prayed since he knew only God can influence the king's heart to be kind to him Only God can move the king's heartt to give him favor and help him .only God can give him success in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.Nehemiah selflessness is seen Nehemiah 's prayer is a good example for us. We see in Neh 2;8, And the king granted these requests ,because the gracious hand of God way on me
So when we desire to obtain a favor or help from others ,we should first present our concerns to God .Only He can move the hearts and minds of other people to do His will in our lives.
🌸🌸 JM 🌸 🌸 JM 🌸🌸
Nehemiah 1:3; “The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire”.
Look at the description of Jerusalem.
The people were in trouble and were feeling a great sense of shame and disappointment.
👉The walls of the city were broken down. The gates had been burned with fire and were no longer usable.
👉The city of Jerusalem had been without a wall for 142 years.
♦Nehemiah was a Jew, who had been born in the land of Israel's captivity, but had risen to the trusted position of cup-bearer to the king, himself, of the great Persian empire.
♦Nehemiah’s heart was broken.
♦He wept, mourned, fasted, and prayed over the condition God’s people had allowed their nation to be in.
👉Jerusalem was the center for worship to the one God in Heaven, and the main place of worship was forsaken.
👉 If Jerusalem was in chaos, it meant that worship to the true God was not being performed by His people.
👉If we take Jerusalem as a symbol of our own lives, ….
👉If we examine the walls and the gates of our life, we may find much in ruins.
📍📍 There maybe places where the walls are broken down;
🔥…….Maybe we don't have ability to resist our enemies;
🔥……. Maybe we are fallen into some sinful activities;
🔥 Perhaps our gates have been destroyed by wrong habits.
❓❓ How do we handle this situation?
❓❓ Are we ready and willing to allow God to expose our brokenness?
🌸Jooley Mathew 🌸
NEHEMIAH WAS IN CONSTANT TOUCH WITH GOD IN PRAYER.
The secret of Nehemiah's success was in his constant fellowship with God.
🚼He habitually turned to God for wisdom, guidance and strength.
🚼In all the 13 chapters of Nehemiah we find that Nehemiah prays at least 11 times!
🔹When Hanani gave him an unhappy report about Jerusalem Nehemiah mourned and fasted and prayed. (Nehemiah. 1:4)
Though Nehemiah had not seen Jerusalem, he had heard of it through his ancestors and he was very jealous for it.
🔹.Four months passed before God opened the way for him to present his matter to the king.
🚼 During those silent months Nehemiah must have doubtlessly prayed to God and sought His counsel.
🔹One day as he was serving wine to the king, the apt moment came for Nehemiah. The king saw that his face was sad and enquired him the reason.
🚼 Nehemiah immediately turned to seek the counsel from above.
🚼He offered immediately an arrow shot prayer
🚼 Nehemiah, did not answer the king's question until he had prayed. (2:4).
When the king accepted to send him to Jerusalem, we see that Nehemiah put forth his petition to him presenting his needs accurately accurately.
In his petition he asked
📜for a letter from the Trans - Euphrates governors for his protection
📜He asked for a letter from the keeper of the king 's forest for provision of timber
📍 the timber was for the temple
📍 For the city
📍 For his residence.
👍 Surely it was the Lord who gave Nehemiah instructions to ask all these to the king when he prayed during his quiet time.
Nehemiah walked with God and talked with God.
His heart was in touch with continously.
when our heart is in touch with God it will always turn to Him even for smallest matters.
Let us, like Nehemiah live in touch with God so that we can at any moment and in any circumstance call on Him for His guidance and His help
Based on NEHEMIAH 3
No More Obstacles Our Way
Rebuilding Our Lives
The rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem was a huge job. But Nehemiah tackled it by creating a vision and recruiting the people of Jerusalem to WORK TOGETHER. 👬👭
If we see the long list of people and their contributions mentioned in this chapter, we feel tempted to better skip over the reading. If we read those names once, I'm sure even half of those names won't get etched in our brains.
But a closer look at these shows that the list includes all types of people — businessmen, priests, community leaders, people from neighbouring cities, artists, common people, and entire families, including daughters. They all do their part to rebuild their cities.
To understand it better, we must compare how many people were involved to build our own homes. Think of such a list we might prepare. Our churches and its members could together to help all those people (members) who don't have a home, to build up one simple home for them!
The rebuilding of Jerusalem began by building the altar; then the Temple (Ezra 3). It is only now that the WALL of the city is rebuilt. Of special interest is how Shallum and his daughters also helped. (v. 12)
The altar and sanctuary speak to us of worship, which is obviously the first responsibility of the people of God. But we're not merely Sunday Christians. The rest of the city, which represents daily life in our homes and day to day circumstances, must also be protected against its enemies and be clearly separated from the world around. Each person must be on his guard and in particular be responsible for building before his own house. (verses 10, 28, 30)
Through the momentum created by Nehemiah the leader, the whole of Judah set to work to build up the wall. Let's not be lazy to work for the Lord, but use all our available talents and resources to build each other up for the glory of God! Even if we are slightly disabled in certain areas, none of us are created so totally disabled that we cannot work for the Lord. We shall overcome, when we are doing the Lord's work!
What Does It Mean When This Chapter Says All Were Involved? Irrespective of Our Age, Gender, Profession, Possessions, Positions... We Can Be Involved in Doing the Lord's Work in the Community We're Living in. There's Strength in Unity. If We Break Our Unity, We Fail. We Need to Accomplish All of Lord's Work, Together! May the Lord strengthen, equip, challenge and inspire us all to build up, steadily... one by one, one at a time!
Forth in your name, O Lord, I go,
my daily labour to pursue,
you only, Lord, resolved to know
in all I think or speak or do.
The task your wisdom has assigned
here let me cheerfully fulfil;
in all my work your presence find,
and prove your good and perfect will.
Be Blessed. Be Inspired. Be Filled.
- Bob, Bangalore! 😃
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⚛Spiritual meaning of the gates of Jerusalem Nehemiah 3⚛
Gates of Jerusalem
Neh. 3:1-2: THE SHEEP GATE – The sheep for temple sacrifice were brought
in here. This is the principle of CONVERSION. The men of Jericho (fragrance)
assisted along with Zaccur (remembered). This gate was the Alpha and the
Omega of the wall! Everything will begin and end with the High Priest (Jesus
Christ), One sacrifice for ever.
We enter the door and become part of His flock. This gate includes divine healing. It was near Bethesda (house of Mercy). There were no locks or bars on this gate: the mercy of God is ever available to us.
3:3-5: THE FISH GATE - The principle of Evangelism, Outreach, Soul Winning. This is fishing for men with a world-wide vision. The merchants from Tyre probably brought fish to sell at the market nearby. “But their nobles put not their necks (their will) to work of their Lord.” They did not want to do the work of an Evangelist, for they were double-minded. Like some today who despise the day of small things, these wanted to build in another part of the wall.
3:6-12: THE OLD GATE - The principle of Restoration of foundational Truths. This was possibly the Corner Gate of Jer. 31:38. God has been bringing back truth after truth since Luther. It means laying down our pre-conceived traditional (often religious) mind sets and receiving the Mind of Christ.
3:13: THE VALLEY GATE - The principle of humility, basement and brokenness. This is the secret of promotion. The Mind of Christ is the mind of humility. Suffering with Him is a vital part of our son ship.
3:14: THE DUNG GATE – The principle of separation and circumcision. The waste and refuse was removed from Jerusalem. Leave the dunghill. These areas of deliverance are personal. No one wanted this gate.
3:15-25: THE FOUNTAIN GATE – The principle of cleansing and purification. This was near the pool of Siloam. This is the principle of the laver in the Tabernacle of Moses. This gate was repaired by a variety of people.
3:26-27: THE WATER GATE – The principle of God’s WORD or TRUMPETS (a place of a clear word). This includes submitting to seasoned ministry. The Nethinims (Ezra 2:43) dwelt near the Water Gate toward the east. The work of the Nethinims was to carry wood and water for the temple. It appears the servant heart of the Nathinims kept the Water Gate in good repair. This gate was named for its proximity to the Spring of Gihon (breaking forth). The Bible actually gives no indication or need of repairing this seventh gate. Ps. 118:89: “Forever Lord, your word is settled in heaven.”
3:28-29: THE HORSE GATE – The principle of Overcoming and Spiritual warfare. The warhorse! “He that overcomes” (Rev. 2-3). Those who overcome have no dealings with the Harlot. “From above the horse gate repaired the priests, every one over against his house. After them repaired Zadok (righteous), the son of Immer over against his house.
3:29-30: THE EAST GATE - To emphasize that each of us are prophetically positioned by the Lord for his Kingdom purposes. The Lord named us The East Gate. This is the principle of newness of life, glory and power. The Glory of the Lord again fills the Temple! The principle of the praise and worship in a new day! Judah camped on the EAST! The rising of the sun in victory as the glory of the Lord covers the earth! Possibly the golden gate, an entrance to the Temple area from the Mount of Olives.
3:31-32: THE MIPHKAD GATE – The principle of judgment and reward. The Hebrew word “Miphqad” means “assignment; an appointment, mandate, a designated spot, censes; appointed place, commander, number; to visit; to oversee, muster, charge, care for, miss, deposit.” This was possibly the Benjamin Gate. We could consider the open reward of Matthew 6:4. “That your alms may be in secret; and your Father which sees in secret Himself shall reward you openly.”
Mt. 6:6: “When you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father which is in secret; and your Father which sees in secret shall reward you openly.”
Mt. 6:17-18: “When you fast, anoint your head, and wash your face; that you appear not to men to fast, but to your Father which is in secret and your Father, which sees in secret shall reward you.
8:16: THE EPHRAIM GATE – The principle of fruitfulness and double portion. This is partaking of His Divine Nature. The Father-Son principle of reproduction applies here. The people made booths during Feast of Tabernacles in the courts of the Temple and in the street of
the gates (Water Gate and Ephraim Gate).
12:29: THE PRISON GATE – The principle of full commitment and rest. This is the principle of our being the prisoners (“Doulos”) of the Lord. Love slaves unto death. The principle of the son (pictured in Joseph) coming out of prison to reign.