Insights on Today's Reading
Nehemiah 11 - When Israel began to repopulate the region of Judea, not many Jews were willing to live in the city of Jerusalem, perhaps because of the need for so much repair. But many were urged to live there and they were praised for doing so, verse 2. Note the care to have thanksgiving offered which showed their gratitude for being returned to their land and for the rebuilding of the Temple and the walls.
Nehemiah 12 - A list of those priests and Levites who returned to Jerusalem is listed - please note that it was important for the records to be kept because each person wanted recognition for their participation and God wanted to show them that He thought their part was important. (Be sure when you read these lists to understand that God wanted each person in those lists to be named in His Word). The wall was dedicated to the Lord with great joy, verses 27 and 43.
Nehemiah 13 - Apparently Nehemiah had returned to the Persian capital for a period of time but then returned to Jerusalem. He was angered to find that one of the priests, Eliashib, verse 4, had given a room of the Temple over to Tobiah, and Ammonite official to use for his personal purposes. Nehemiah literally had Tobiah's possessions thrown out into the street, verse 8. He had the rooms cleansed. Nehemiah ordered the merchants surrounding Jerusalem not to bring their goods into the city on the Sabbath day. Nothing was to be sold in the city on a Sabbath. But then Nehemiah found out that some of the Jews had intermarried with the pagan women of the land. He physically disciplined them, verse 25, and cleansed them, verse 30. Nehemiah cried out to the Lord to pay attention to his desire to be right in God's sight, verse 31.
Psalm 126 - This last Psalm you will read in this chronological reading speaks of the joy the people of Israel had when they were allowed to return from their captivity. The Lord truly had done great things for them, verses 2,3! They reminded us that sometimes tears are shed in our desire to serve the Lord but the Lord rewards us in the end with a great harvest and we return with rejoicing, verses 5,6.
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