Friday, June 22, 2012

Bible Reading Challenge Week 25 Day 4

Our reading challenge for the day is Nehemiah 10-13. I’ll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?

Nehemiah 10 - The people bind themselves under a curse saying that they will be faithful to God’s commands. So many times we who know the Gospel fall short by either not taking God’s commands seriously or by living as though by our own strength we can be pleasing to God.

Nehemiah 11-12 - Jerusalem is repopulated with people who bring sacrifices, praise, singing, and prayers. God’s people are dedicated to his service, giving thanks back to the Lord from whom they have received abundantly.

Nehemiah 13 - Despite all this consecration God’s people are quick to return to their sinful arrogance, arranging matters to their own pleasure rather than God’s command. We too are well warned by this, as we are drawn to repentance so as to receive forgiveness from our Lord.

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