Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sunday, October 2nd - Nehemiah 11-13 - Kelora

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Nehemiah 11-13

There are a couple of things that I learned in these passages.  In Chapter 11 Nehemiah asked one-tenth of the people outside of Jerusalem to volunteer to move and live in Jerusalem.  Even though the leaders of the people settled in the Jerusalem as stated in verse 1, it is interesting that Nehemiah cast lots so that one-tenth of the rest of the people also moved into Jerusalem.  It makes me wonder why not very many seemed to want to move there voluntarily.  Perhaps it meant a lot of work rebuilding their houses.  

In Chapter 12:44 - 47 these verses talk about the various men that were appointed for different tasks.  Some were in charge of the storerooms for the contributions, which were for the Priests and Levites.  In Chapter 13 Tobiah has given a storeroom to a priest named Eliashib.  When Nehemiah returns to Jerusalem and sees what Tobiah has done by giving a storeroom to Eliashib which was against God's commands , Nehemiah takes action.  Nehemiah sees how the people have sinned against God and have turned away from obeying God's commands.  Nehemiah obeys God and tells the Israelites they need to change their ways and obey God's commands.   

My Life Application Bible has a great way of explaining this Book of the Bible.  It said "This book is about rebuilding the wall of a great city, but it is also about spiritual renewal, rebuilding a people's dependence on God.  When we take our eyes off God, our lives begin to crumble."

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  I Chronicles 1-2


Nathan Reimer said...

It's interesting to see how quickly the Israelites turn from God and do selfish things. We too do the same and need to be on guard daily to make sure we live the way God wants. We are no stronger than the Israelites back then, if we aren't living the way God wants.

Tammy Reimer said...

We definitely need to build a solid spiritual foundation and not allow our lives to crumble due to sin's destructive power.

Conrad said...

Temptation can be so strong and we will be weak without a strong foundation in God. Such a good reminder to have a solid foundation for a Christ first life.