Nehemiah 13:1 Hopelessly Lost?

Nehemiah 13:1 (KJV)
On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever;

There are sometimes gems buried in the Word of God that are precious beyond our imagination and so close to the surface it is a wonder we haven’t discovered them already. Thank the Lord for that day when the years of faithfulness wear away the soil to uncover those treasures finally. 

In Nehemiah 13:1, the Jews read how the Ammonites and Moabites were never to be permitted into the congregation of God. This was a problem because the Jews had already intermarried, and children of a mixed multitude had been delivered. Judah could not be pure without addressing this breach in the Word of God. 

But then we consider that a Moabite named Ruth is in the blood family of Jesus. Those who were forever cast out of the family of God are now welcomed into the family of God through Christ. 

I’ve known people whose sin was so grievous we could hardly expect they could be welcomed into heaven. But the same Christ who identifies with the Jews identifies with the chiefest of sinners. No one is hopelessly lost. Anyone can come to Jesus and be eternally justified. 

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Nehemiah 13:1 Hopelessly Lost?

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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