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