Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Nehemiah 10


Jude said...

end v39 "We will not neglect the house of our God."

Revival. I think that is the word that I would use to describe what has been and is happening in the world of Nehemiah. These are a people inspired to obey, to follow the Lord's commands and honor Him with their offering and service. I am awed as I think of these people, who would likely be considered to be living in subsistance, giving sacrificially. Their hearts are in the right place--God is first. They pledge to follow his commands and not neglect his house. Let it be so with me and in our time.

Prairie Chick said...

this was the chapter I accidentally read last week and had such a rich quiet time! Looking back at what I journalled here is what I see;

"all those who separated themselves from foreigners to keep the Teachings of God, and also their wives and their sons and daughters who could understand." v28

This verse made me think of covenant theology right away. Covenant Theology teaches the baptism of little children under the covenant of faith on the part of the parent. I have never seen a basis for it in scripture (they do use the verse that talks about the jailer believing and being baptized, he and "all of his household" as a support, that he probably had small children in his household, but that was too vague and circumstantial for me.

Here we see clearly "their sons and daughters WHO COULD UNDERSTAND." It's put an onus of conscience and personal choice on the individual which to me completely lines up with the rest of scripture on the subject.

"We promise not to let our daughters marry foreigners nor to let our sons marry their daughters." v30 This is quite something. Something we would have great difficulty saying and implementing today, the way things are in our society. We, on the whole, don't raise kids to be respectful of the parent's input when it comes time for marriage. We consider that to be more or less a "hands off" topic. Once your child is old enough to marry, there is not much you can do about it one way or the other and you just need to support them and love them unconditionally whatever they choose. Your job is done. I think this is in large part because the children have little respect for the input of their parents in their life choices, and because there is a spirit of wanting to fight for one's own way and independence. This is a shackle, not a freedom.

"we will not buy on the sabbath or any holy day. Every seventh year we will not plant and that year we will forget what people owe us." v31

This is another way of offering up our indepedence. Saying, "Lord, I give this up. I won't chase after whatever comes to mind (work, shopping, things that would pull us away from corporate worship) and saying "I consecrate this day, to you." When it comes to the worship service, I am very committed to that, but the other things, I think I have a ways to go in learning the fullness of what God desires for us in the Sabbath rest. Ceasing all striving to benefit from it more fully.

"We will be responsible for the commands to pay for teh service of teh Temple of our God. We will give an eighth of an ounce of silver each year.... for th ework of the Temple of our God.... AND we will bring a tenth of our crops to the Levites..." v33,39

More and more I see how the "tenth" tithe was just the STARTING point of giving for the Israelite people. They gave SO much more aside from and on top of that. My prayer and desire is that we will become more and more giving with the rsources He has blessed us with, that they might be turned back over to Him for His service.

"We will not ignore the Temple of our God." v39

So stirring. Yes, Judith, revival is a beautiful and fitting word here. Revive us, oh God.

Shailey said...

"We further promise that if the people of the land should bring any merchandise or grain to be sold on the Sabbath or any other holy day, we will refuse to buy it." v31

Reminds me of how we will buy things on Sunday,not that it's wrong but how different it is
now from then.

God wanted people to know that he was important, to put Him first. we still need to do that.

Chris said...

I don't have much to add here, but I sure glean a lot from you guys. :)