Nehemiah 12:43 The Joy of God’s People

Nehemiah 12:43 (KJV)
Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.

Let the joy of God’s people be heard afar off. 

  • Not the bickering of God’s people
  • Not the murmuring of God’s people
  • Not the laziness of God’s people
  • Not the rebellion of God’s people
  • Not the gossip of God’s people
  • Not the anger of God’s people
  • Not the cynicism of God’s people
  • Not the fear of God’s people

Let the people of God walk in faith and rejoice in the Lord so that the joy of God’s people is heard even afar off and spoken of by all. 

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Nehemiah 9:6 Thou art LORD alone

Nehemiah 9:6 (KJV)
Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

The repentance demonstrated in verses 1-3 result in a prayer of confession in verses 4-37 and conclude with a covenant. 

I propose, for myself, to spend some personal time in the study and meditation of this prayer of confession. Revival may not be the result of a covenant. Certainly, a covenant may not bring revival. But it is likely that revival will bring God’s people into a covenant. 

The prayer of confession begins with a brief prayer of worship. 

Thou art LORD alone. 

God help us to remember that!

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Nehemiah 5:9 No Excuses

Nehemiah 5:9 (KJV)
Also I said, It is not good that ye do: ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God because of the reproach of the heathen our enemies?

John Gill writes of this,
“ought ye not to walk in the fear of our God; in reverence of him and his law, and according to that: because of the reproach of the Heathen our enemies? whose mouths will be open to reproach the true religion, and the good ways of God; and say, these are the men that pretend to fear God, and serve him, and yet break his law, and use their brethren ill”

When a Believer refuses to walk, to live, to behave in any way other than the fear of the Lord, we give occasion for the unsaved to criticize unfairly our God and our faith. 

Christians ought to walk in the fear of God. 

No excuses. 

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Nehemiah 2:10 That Sort of Greatness

Nehemiah 2:10 (KJV)
When Sanballat the Horonite, and Tobiah the servant, the Ammonite, heard of it, it grieved them exceedingly that there was come a man to seek the welfare of the children of Israel.

It isn’t difficult to see the sort of character Sanballat and Tobiah had is it? They were exceedingly grieved that someone had come to seek the welfare of the people. 

And it should not surprise us that such men exist. The world is interested, not in the welfare of the souls of men and women, but in the expansion of their influence and power. We should be careful of those who use people. Even sound churches can succumb to the idea that building, growing and expanding the work of God necessitates and therefore justifies pushing people, using them for the sake of the work. 

Greatness focuses not on what is accomplished but in the glory of God and the welfare of His people. 

Greatness seeks to serve and not to lead. 

Let’s focus on that sort of greatness. 

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Nehemiah 6:1-3 I Cannot Come Down

Episode #34 One of the great devices of Satan, and one that is frequently employed right now, is that of elevating the many religions and, indeed, no religion at all to the same place as Christianity. To imply that the Christian faith is a better faith, a higher faith, or even more true than a different faith is tantamount to hate speech these days. … We are losing perspective as Baptists. We are coming down to the level of Protestants and, in doing so, we are lessening the value of the work we do, even if we think we are doing more work.  
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Nehemiah 6:1-3 I Cannot Come Down

Nehemiah 6:1-3 “I Cannot Come Down”

Nehemiah 6:1-3 (KJV)
Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;)
That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief.
And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?

The difference is subtle and one could argue unimportant. Someone might even say it is only a matter of perception.

  • Sanballat, and Geshem said, “Come let us meet together.”
  • Nehemiah said, “I cannot come down.”

The enemies saw themselves as equals; Nehemiah saw them as inferiors.

At the very least, Nehemiah saw the position of the believers as higher than that of the unbelievers.

One of the great devices of Satan, and one that is frequently employed right now, is that of elevating the many religions and, indeed, no religion at all to the same place as Christianity. To imply that the Christian faith is a better faith, a higher faith, or even more true than a different faith is tantamount to hate speech these days.

And a good number of nominal Christians are buying it. Men like Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California have suckered multitudes of churches to come together with Muslims. Hundreds of independent Baptist pastors read, quote and follow the teachings John Maxwell, RC Sproul, Max Lucado and other like them.

We are losing perspective as Baptists. We are coming down to the level of Protestants. And, in doing so, we are lessening the value of the work we do, even if we think we are doing more work.

 

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Nehemiah 5:6 I Was Very Angry

Nehemiah 5:6 (KJV)
And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words.

Nehemiah was not above becoming angry. The Bible goes so far as to say “very angry.”

News of the disaffection some had for their own brethren in this needful time, and of their taking advantage of their need through usury, riled Nehemiah to great, but not excessive anger.

He was not wrong to be angry. He did not sin by being angry but I can see he did not lose control because he was angry. Before he acted the Bible says he consulted with himself. He took the time to manage his emotions and prepare a plan of action that was appropriate and not reaction.

Nehemiah responded to that which made him angry and the people responded positively to his response.

May this be true of God’s people still today.

 

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Nehemiah 4:12 They Told Him Ten Times

Nehemiah 4:12 (KJV)
And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten times, From all places whence ye shall return unto us they will be upon you.

There were those Jews who, though not associated with the builders, and dwelling among the Samaritans, kept coming to warn Nehemiah that the Samaritans would soon attack.

Nehemiah says they told him ten times.

  • They kept telling him until he got it.
  • They could have kept telling him until it annoyed him

If we have information that needs to be shared we ought to share it. But then we ought to let it go.

  • To sound a warning is important.
  • To keep sounding about it can be disheartening.

 

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Nehemiah 3:1 Preaching Like That

Nehemiah 3:1 (KJV)
Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brethren the priests, and they builded the sheep gate; they sanctified it, and set up the doors of it; even unto the tower of Meah they sanctified it, unto the tower of Hananeel.

I remember some thirty years ago hearing a pastor skillfully preach on the repairing these gates. I don’t recall if he used every gate, though I think he did. What I do recall is that he assigned to each gate he preached on a spiritual significance, he demonstrated that significance in the Word of God and then he applied that significance to the congregation.

I am not sure some today would call that Bible preaching. What some identify as expository preaching is nothing more than reading a verse and rephrasing it in their own words. Some would think to compare Scripture with another Scripture is to depart from Scripture.

Ezra, the Bible says, read Scripture and caused the people to understand the reading. This must surely mean more than supplying definitions.

There is no example in the Bible of preaching that is merely reading a passage and explaining it. Preaching is application. The preacher believes that every passage has purpose today. There is more in Nehemiah chapter three than a record of who repaired what. The preacher I heard so many years ago understood that. He gave an application. He provided us with an action we could attach to the passage.

Thank God for preaching like that.

 

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Nehemiah 1:4 Not A Pity Party

Nehemiah 1:4 (KJV)
And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,

Few people in the Bible are a better example of leadership than is Nehemiah. He was a man of action and accomplishment. But before he was any of that, he was a man of tears. More than a few tears too. He wept for days. More than privately, his sadness was so profound the king, his boss, could see it.

It’s ok to weep and mourn. It’s ok to become saddened about things. But notice that Nehemiah did not end in a pity party.

He prayed
Chapter one, the second half is a prayer. It’s not the last one recorded either.

He planned
When approached by the king he already had in his heart a thing to do, what he would need to do it and a time frame for which to get it done.

He performed
Some of us are big talkers but poor doers. Nehemiah had a concern a plan and the gumption to work the plan.

It’s fine to cry. Just don’t stop there. Seek the Lord and then do something about it.

 

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