Covenant Renewal

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READ : Nehemiah 10-11 The details of the covenant mentioned in yesterday’s Scripture reading are now spelled out. The first promise was to be obedient to all of God’s commandments. The second was to avoid intermarriage with unbelievers, which had been a source of introducing pagan ways in the past. The third was the promise to keep the Sabbath. The …

The Bible and Prayer

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READ : Nehemiah 8-9 Spiritual renewal comes when we listen obediently to the Bible and pray earnestly. Ezra led in renewing the spiritual life of the Jews at this time, using these two means. He gathered the people together and not only read the Bible to them but gave explanations so that they would understand it. Expository preaching, by which …

Threats from Within and Without

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READ : Nehemiah 5-7 Jerusalem was a struggling community. The people needed a sense of unity and brotherhood. Unity was threatened because the rich were demanding high interest of the poor, forcing them into slavery. Nehemiah sees that this is wrong. He calls them together and they are willing to right these wrongs. God never wants the rich to get …

Praying, Saying and Doing

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READ : Nehemiah 1-4 Several groups have now returned from exile to Jerusalem. The temple has been rebuilt. But the walls have not been rebuilt, leaving the city vulnerable to the attack of enemies. God now leads Nehemiah to take up the work of rebuilding the walls. Nehemiah sets an example in that he prays and talks to others at …

Drastic Measures

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READ : Ezra 8-10 Having told the king of Persia that he trusted in God to care for him, Ezra does not dare to ask for military protection for the trip to Jerusalem. So he humbles himself before God and sets out in faith with the group he was bringing back from exile. Arriving in Jerusalem, Ezra is shocked to …