Day 97 of 240 Days Bible Reading Group 3947 Nehemiah 12 and 13
One thing we should always remember is the collective events that happened during old testament times are personalised for every individual in the new testament times.
Nehemiah's jealous for God kindles our spirit (Neh 13th Chp):
👉He casts away all the stuff of Tobiah from the house of God.
We need to take away all the cursed things out of our hearts.
👉Contended with the rulers for the justification of Levites and singers.
We should pray for the protection of the servants of God and for the evangelists
👉He contended with the nobles of Judah for profaning the sabbath day with merchandise.
Understand the importance of day of resurrection and worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth
👉He contended with the Jews for having married with the gentiles and cleansed and separated the children of God from gentiles.
We should understand our calling and should live a Holy and separated life.
Let's always be nourished and cherished by the Word of God.
Stay blessed 😊
12:27 - It is good to celebrate what God has accomplished through His willing servants. This not only honours and praises the Lord, who made it possible, but encourages us to acknowledge His gracious work through us.
12:43 - Great joy is a sign of the redeemed heart and powerfully attracts the attention of those who would like to experience it.
13:2 - God is an expert at turning curses into blessings. When did He last do this for you?
13:21 - Too many of us confuse the words”nice” and “godly”. They are not the same thing. A godly man may at times have to speak forcefully and with great zeal, whereas a nice man might avoid the situation.
13:26 - Because intimacy with God is His highest priority for our lives, the Lord forbids inter marriages of believers with unbelievers. Why would we ever want to do anything that threatens to damage a close relationship with Him?
Remember this good deed O my God and donot forget all that I have faithfully done for the temple of God and its services. Neh 13:14
We see Nehemiah's zeal for purity in God's house.He went into the temple and did something similar to what Jesus did when He cleansed the temple in Jerusalem.Nehemiah cast forth all the household things of Tobiah ,enemy of Jews.and purified the rooms and brought back articles,grain offerings, franckincense for the God's temple.
Levites had not being given their portions of food Nehemiah called them back and restored the levites to their proper duties. Then all the people of Judah brought their tithes.
Because Nehemiah stood up for God ,he asked God to remember his deeds He .may have faced opposition ,so he wanted God to be with him in time of need.
Remember this good deed also ,O my God ,Have compassion on me according to your great and unfailing love. Neh 13:22
Nehemiah noticed many people were making money by selling things on Sabbath .He rebuked them and stopped it.Sabbath observance was one of the most important commands in OT. So Nehemiah restored proper Sabbath observance.
Nehemiah made a humble plea for God's mercy because of his faithful service.
Remember them,O my God for they have defiled the priesthood and the solemn vows of the priests and levites Neh 13:29
Nehemiah discovered some of the Jews had married non Jewish women.Even the family of the high priest was involved intermarriage of pagans.Nehemiah banished the offender ,stripped him of his status and rights.Nehemiah made the people to swear in the name of God not to intermarry with pagans.
Nehemiah also noticed the inability of the children in Judah to speak in Hebrew.which was disastrous,They could not read or understand the scriptures.Nehemiah called curses on them.
Remember this in my favor, O my God Neh 13:31
Nehemiah ,finally prayed for God's blessing on His efforts.
Lord,Remember us,O lord.Thank you for your compassion on us.Help us to be fearless to keep your standards.Help us to do Your work well for Your glory.In Jesus Name Amen
🍇Simple thoughts for
💫 deeper meditation.
Nehemiah: 13:14 "Remember me for this, my God and do not blot out what I have so faithfully done for the house of my God and its services."
⚡ As we are finishing with the book of Nehemiah, let us look into the qualities of Nehemiah as a good leader. This brief write up is
based on the whole chapters of Nehemiah.
⚡ Nehemiah is one of the most prominent examples of spiritual leadership, that viewed authority as God given privilege. Nehemiah held a job as the king's cupbearer ( Nehemiah: 1: 11 ) and later a Governor (Nehemiah:5:14) and used his position of influence to carry out God's agenda.
⚡ Nehemiah was a man of prayer. His book is full of prayers, silent ones, short ones, and specific ones. He was no priest, but sought
the Lord on behalf of the people with the priestly passion. A passionate prayer life is a mighty weapon in ministry.
⚡ Nehemiah was a prudent planner.He has close access to the king and when an opportunity came, he presented clear plans for
action and was shown favour by the King. How many times do we ask God for big things, but with no plans in our heart. It is
said that " goals without a deadline are just dreams"
⚡ Nehemiah was a confident motivator. When discussing with the elders and people concerning the rebuilding of the wall, He
explained the dire situation, then called for progress. He motivated them by explaining the favour God has shown them in opening
the doors for a rebuild. Then He said " Let us arise and build" What good is your vision, if you cannot involve others
in it ?
⚡ Nehemiah was focused on giving God glory. When the wall was completed, it was not said, " Nehemiah was the greatest in the Land". He did not stand and testify his strength, wisdom and might. Nehemiah has continually testified about what God had done and the result was this. " When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-
confidence, because, they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God" ( Nehemiah: 6:16 )
💥 A leader stays committed to even the hardest parts of his task by remembering who he serves and why he serves him.
Are you a good leader ?
Dr. Thomas David🎯
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Blessed to be a Blessing to the Blessed People👨👩👦👦
📖 Nehemiah 12 : 44--47 The Joy of Hearing , Doing and Giving
When the Law was read and expounded to the people by Ezra and a group of 13 Levites , the people heard it attentively and started to weep and mourn ✒ Neh 8: 7-9. Nehemiah urged them "not to weep nor mourn but to rejoice ; and exhort them to continue with an assurance "the Joy of the Lord is your strength". Two events had showered the joyous moments in the lives of the people.
🎈 FEAST OF TABERNACLE : The heads of all the families , along with the priests and the Levites , gathered around Ezra the scribe to give attention to the words of the Law ( 8:13 ). This led them to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacle with joy and happiness ( ... their joy was very great 8:17b
🎈 DEDICATION OF THE WALL OF JERUSALEM : The walls of Jerusalem had been completed , and so the Dedication Ceremony was to be joyful with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals , harps and lyres . The singers and the levites were brought to the city for the occasion ( 12: 27-30) .
The dedication ceremony began with a procession led by two large choirs 🎺 🎷
🎈 On that day they OFFERED great sacrifices , REJOICING because God gave them a GREAT JOY. The women and children also REJOICED. The sound of REJOICING in Jerusalem could be heard far away ( 12:43)
🎈 It seems that the people at dedication ceremony had found expression in gifts to the temple. Men had to be appointed to be in charge of the storerooms for Contributions , First fruits and Tithes ( v 44 )
📝 A Christian Financial Planner , Ron Blue breaks down the question of how much to give into 3 Ps : Proportion, Plan and Precommitted
🎈We should give proportionately on a planned basis and on a precommitted basis.
~ Give an amount that is proportionate to the amount that God has prospered you .
~ You should , by planning , give more than a proportionate amount .
~ And you should commit in advance to give some of the amount God provides on a totally unexpected basis ( viz Bonus , Inheritance , Gift etc )
🎈 Paul writes , "Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give : not reluctantly or under compulsion "
"God loves a cheerful givers 2Cor 9:7
🎈 In today's reading portion , the people were pleased with the work the priests and Levites were doing and with the restored work of the musicians and gatekeepers, and so they were happy to support their work. It is true even today . The joy of Giving comes when missions works progress.
Glory to God🙏
Mark Boje, ArP 🌅
"WHY IS THE HOUSE OF GOD NEGLECTED"? Nehemiah.13:11.
Nehemiah came from Babylon to Jerusalem in the 20th year of the reign of King Artaxerxes.(445 BC).The rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem was completed in 52 days.(6:15).There was a big spiritual revival afterwards.(8,9,10). After 12 years, Nehemiah went back to Babylon for sometime.(13:6). When he came back, he was upset at the developments.
Eliashib, the chief priest, associated with the enemies of Jews and helped them.(13:4-9) Levites were neglected and they left their profession searching for livilihood. Sabbath was neglected, intermarriages...
I also learned that the portions assigned to the Levites had not been given to them, and that all the Levites...had gone back to their fields.(13:10). So Nehemiah rebuked the officials, called back the Levites and arranged for their support.
Levites were supposed to be supported by the people.
"They will recieve no inheritance among the Israelites. Instead I give to the Levites as their inheritance the tithes that the Israelites present as an offering to the LORD".
(Numbers.18:23,24). When people stopped giving properly, that affected the support of the Levites...They left Levitical duties in the house of God and went in search of income.
What is the situation today?
The LORD wanted the Gospel to be proclaimed to the whole world.( Mark.16:15, Mathew.28:18-20) Millions of people never got a chance to hear the Gospel.Very few people to take Gospel to the unreached parts of the world. Not many are willing to come out as Evangelists or Missionaries as their needs are neglected by churches. Many who are serving the LORD are going through financial problems.....
Supporting to be done in a planned way every month regularly, cheerfully and sacrificially like the Macedonian churches. Their giving was beyond their ability inspite of their extreme poverty.(2 Corinthians.8:1-5)
Are we faithful in our giving? How much money from our income is used for "Levites"?
Are we neglecting the house of GOD or the needs of the ministry and ministers?
How can we support some "Levites" regularly, so that they can continue their work in the "house of GOD"?
WATCH YOUR LIFE AND DOCTRINE CLOSELY.
Nehemiah :13 Nehemiah had been away from Jerusalem for some time. It was a sad state of affairs he found when he returned
😔. How heart broken he must have been to find Tobiah, the Ammonite who was the main element in opposing the building of the wall, living comfortably in one of the rooms in the temple courts.!
😔Nehemiah 's heart was still more broken when he saw that Eliashib, the high priest was closely associated with Tobiah and that he was the one who gave him the room in the temple which was meant for receiving tithes and offerings that came to the temple of God.
😔Nehemiah was disappointed to see Eliashib the high priest being unfaithful to the charge he had received as a servant of the Lord.
😔Nehemiah was greatly displeased
◼He threw out all the possessions of Tobiah out of the room.
◼He purified the room
◼He put back the things of the house of the Lord.
⚡When Nehemiah found that the house of the Lord was profaned he acted as Lord Jesus who overthrew the tables of money changers and the benches of those who were selling doves. (Matthew 21:12).
😔Another wicked thing Nehemiah found after his return was Eliashib, the high priest 's grandson had married Sanballat' s daughter.
We know that Sanballat was the friend of Tobiah and was also the one who opposed the work of the wall.
😡Nehemiah was so angry that he drove him away prohibiting him to serve as a priest.
we need to be careful as not to allow the ties of worldly relationship spoil our testimony for the Lord.
👉 Nehemiah closes his book with a prayer, "Remember me with favor, O my God".
👉 Nehemiah 's whole life involved controversy and opposition but he overcame them all by prayer .
👉 It was only his constant fellowship with the Lord that gave him the strength to succeed.
The people find out that the Law of Moses says that they shouldn't let any Ammonites or Moabites into their society, since these tribes refused to give their Israelite ancestors food and hired Balaam to curse them. (See Numbers 22:5.)
So the people refuse to hang around these particular foreigners. The priest Eliashib prepares a room for Israel's old enemy Tobiah in the chamber where they used to store the grain offering, frankincense, vessels, tithes, wine, and oil.
Nehemiah isn't there while this is happening because he's paying a visit to King Artaxerxes back in Persia.
When he returns and finds out what went down, he throws out all of Tobiah's furniture and brings back the grain, vessels, and other things they used to keep in that room.
He discovers that the Levites and singers weren't receiving their fair portion, so he fixes this and appoints a new group of treasurers to make sure the Levites get their share.
Nehemiah asks God to remember him for all these righteous deeds. Nehemiah sees that the people are pressing grapes and selling and buying food on the Sabbath.
He tells them to knock it off, explaining that this is exactly the kind of behavior that got them exiled in the first place.
He orders the gates to the city shut when the Sabbath begins, and says that they shouldn't be opened until it ends.
The merchants and sellers end up spending the night outside the city for one or two Sabbaths before Nehemiah threatens to arrest them.Nehemiah also commands the Levites to purify themselves and guard the gates to make sure the Sabbath is kept holy.
He again asks God to remember these good deeds and count them in his favor.Nehemiah also takes on Jews who've married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab, and whose half-foreign children can't speak Hebrew.
He curses and beats some of the men who've married such women, and pulls out their hair, forcing them to swear to give up their foreign wives and kids.
He uses the example of King Solomon marrying foreign women as an example of how destructive it can be. Jehoiada's son is friends with that villainous Sanballat.
Nehemiah chases Jehoiada's son away from him, and tells God to remember how this guy defiled the priesthood.
Nehemiah states that he eliminated all foreign practices, established the duties of priests and Levites, and took care of the wood offering and first fruits.
As the book ends, he asks God again to remember him for these good deeds.
It is so good to see that after the completion of the wall of Jerusalem, they didn't just stop there. They went on to ask Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses and got him to read it before all who could understand, Nehemiah 8, vs 1-3. The people were eager to hear the Law and showed deep reverance and worshiped the Lord, and began to weep as they heard the same, vs 6. Then Ezra, Nehemiah and some Levites encouraged them not to weep but to eat, drink and share their meals with those who had nothing prepared, for that day was holy unto the Lord and the joy of the Lord was their strength, vs 10.
The next time they met, they realised that they should live in temporary shelters during the festival of the seventh month, vs 14. So they obeyed what they understood and everyone who obeyed experienced great joy, vs 17! On the 24th day of the same month, they deeply repented before the Lord, fasting, wearing sackcloth, and covering their heads with dust, Nehemiah 9:1. Those of Israelite descent separated themselves from all the foreigners and they spent six hours repenting of their sins and worshiping the Lord after hearing the words of the Law for 6 hours before that, vs 2,3! Then the Levites blessed the Lord and recounted His goodness and mercy towards their ancestors inspite of their continued ungratefulness and apostasy, vs 5-37! They now pledged to enter into a binding covenant with the Lord, vs 38, to obey all His commandments, Nehemiah 10: vs 29.
They particularly determined not to marry foreigners, to honour the Sabbath, let the ground lie fallow every seventh year, cancel debts too and accepted the responsibility to pay their tithes regularly, vs 30-32, making sure that the temple of God was not neglected, vs 39. Then they went on to dedicate the wall amidst great celebration with songs, accompanied by musical instruments, offering of great sacrifices and with great rejoicing, vs 27,43! However, in the 32nd year of King Artaxerxes of Babylon during which Nehemiah had gone back to serve the king, the people began to backslide once again, Nehemiah 13:6!
To begin with the priest Eliashib supplied his relative Tobiah, (who had previously strongly opposed the work) a store room in the courts of the temple, vs 7. On his return, Nehemiah being angered on seeing this, instinctively threw all Tobiah's possessions out if the store room, vs 8. Further, on discovering that the grain offerings for the Levites had not been provided, and that as a result the Levites and the singers who performed this work had all gone off to their fields, vs 10, he registered a complaint and saw to it that responsible men were appointed to handle this issue and gathered the Levites and singers and assigned them to their positions, vs 11-13. He also found those in Judah defaulting when it came to keeping the Sabbath holy, as well as others, who had married women from Ashdod, Ammon, and Moab, vs 15,23!
He left no stone unturned to take strick action against them, as well as, against the grandson of the high priest Eliashib who was the son in law of Sanballat the Hornite, who had caused them immense harrassment together with Tobiah, vs 28! In this way by making sure not to be partial to anyone who dared to disregard the law of God, Nehemiah did the best he could to bring the people back to obedience to God's laws, statutes and ordinances. He began his work in Jerusalem in the 20th year of the reign of King Artaxerxes, Nehemiah 2:1, and in the 32nd year, Nehemiah 13:6, found himself having to strongly discipline those who got sidetracked into disobedience once again! This shows us so clearly that doing 'a work' for the Lord in terms of activity, without repentance, is not a complete work that the Lord will approve of! Unless a leader realises the seriousness of disobedience to God's laws, and makes sure to consistently enforce the same, he will always find those who think it justifiable as to why some laws don't need to be followed implicitly! This downward trend, which is inevitably with the passing of time, must and can be stopped only by wholeheartedly leaders of the likes of Nehemiah and Ezra.
For it is only such, who know, believe and obey these laws for themselves, who will have the right and authority to ensure that they are not disobeyed by others! And, It is only such kind of leaders who will end up doing a lasting work for God in their generation!