Tag: Nehemiah 11-13

Leaving a legacy!

Scripture reading for May 11th: Nehemiah 11-13

Would you like to be remembered by God for the good works you accomplish?  It would be a great honor to have God’s smiling approval recorded for all to read and know.  Nehemiah is one to have this honor and his prayers for God’s approval are examples of a godly leader and their legacy!

“Remember me for this, O my God, and do not blot out what I have so faithfully done for the house of my God and its services.” Nehemiah 13:14

Nehemiah was asking to be remembered for cleansing the temple.  Nehemiah threw out Tobiah the Ammonite and cleansed the room he had been given. (Nehemiah 13:1-2,7-9)  Nehemiah also found that the Levites had not received their portion of the tithes and therefore had neglected the temple.  He rebuked the officials who had allowed this and ordered the Levites back to work in the temple. He reminded the people to bring their tithes.   Nehemiah did this because he loved the Lord’s house.  

“Then I commanded the Levites to purify themselves and go and guard the gates in order to keep the Sabbath day holy.  Remember me for this also, O my God, and show mercy to me according to your great love.” Nehemiah 13:22

Nehemiah rebuked the people for doing business on the Sabbath, closed the gates, and warned those bringing goods to remove them on the Sabbath.  (Nehemiah 13:12-18)  He was concerned that God’s wrath would come upon the people for their disrespect of God’s commandment.   

“Remember them, O my God, because they defiled the priestly office and the covenant of the priesthood and of the Levites.” Nehemiah 13:29  “Remember me with favor, O my God.” Nehemiah 13:30b

The last recorded deed of Nehemiah was his dealing with mixed marriages in Judah and the priesthood.  This greatly disturbed this man of prayer and he rebuked the offenders strongly, even beating and pulling out the hair of some of them!  (Nehemiah 13:25)  He made them swear not to give their daughters or allow their sons to marry outside the nation of faith.  He reminded them of Solomon’s sin.  Wise leaders take action!  They are “remembered with favor” by the Lord!  Would that be your prayer today?

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A legacy to remember!

Scripture reading for May 13th: Nehemiah 11-13

“Remember me for this, O my God, and do not blot out what I have so faithfully done for the house of my God and its services.”  Nehemiah 13:14

It is a great honor to have God’s smile of approval for the deeds a person has done!  Others have had a record of their accomplishments but God called them “evil” and wrote them down as a bad examples!  Let’s look at Nehemiah’s last four prayers of petition to the Lord, see his heart,  and learn why God answered his prayers with favor!

Nehemiah asked to be remembered for cleansing the temple of Tobiah the Ammonite, who Eliashib the priest had given a room in the temple.  (Nehemiah 13:1-2,7-9)  Nehemiah also found out that the Levites had not received their portion of the tithes and therefore had to return to secular work.  He rebuked the officials who had allowed this and ordered the Levites back to work  in the temple. He reminded the people to bring their tithes into the storehouse and replenish the storerooms that had gone empty.  He knew that they needed to bring their tithes into the temple for their own worship and good!  Faithfulness to God’s house will always be rewarded!

“Then I commanded the Levites to purify themselves and go and guard the gates in order to keep the Sabbath day holy.  Remember me for this also, O my God, and show mercy to me according to your great love.” Nehemiah 13:22

Nehemiah rebuked the people for doing business on the Sabbath, closed the gates, and warned those bringing goods to remove them on the Sabbath.  (Nehemiah 13:12-18)  He was concerned that God’s wrath would come upon the people for their disrespect of God’s commandment.

“Remember them, O my God, because they defiled the priestly office and the covenant of the priesthood and of the Levites.” Nehemiah 13:29  “Remember me with favor, O my God.” Nehemiah 13:30b

The last recorded deed of Nehemiah was his dealing with mixed marriages in Judah and the priesthood.  (Nehemiah 13:25)  He made them swear not to give their daughters or allow their sons to marry outside the nation of faith.  Wise leaders take action!  In doing so, they are “remembered with favor” by the Lord!   Let Nehemiah’s example inspire your efforts today!

 

 

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Remember me O God!

Scripture reading for May 12th: Nehemiah 11-13

Would you like to be remembered by God for the good works?  Nehemiah had the great honor of God’s approval recorded for all to read.  Let’s look at Nehemiah’s last four prayers of petition to the Lord, see his heart,  and learn why God answered his prayers with favor!

“Remember me for this, O my God, and do not blot out what I have so faithfully done for the house of my God and its services.” Nehemiah 13:14

Nehemiah was asking to be remembered for removing Tobiah the Ammonite from the temple.  Nehemiah threw out all his things and cleansed the room where he was staying. (Nehemiah 13:1-2,7-9)  Nehemiah also found out that the Levites had not received their portion of the tithes and therefore had to return to work, neglecting the work in the temple.  He rebuked the officials who had allowed this and ordered the Levites back to work  in the temple.  He reminded the people to bring their tithes into the storehouse and replenish the storerooms.  Nehemiah did this because he loved the Lord’s house and knew what would bless God and His people.  Faithfulness to God’s house is always remembered and rewarded!

“Then I commanded the Levites to purify themselves and go and guard the gates in order to keep the Sabbath day holy.  Remember me for this also, O my God, and show mercy to me according to your great love.” Nehemiah 13:22

Nehemiah rebuked the people for doing business on the Sabbath, closed the gates, and warned those bringing goods to remove them on the Sabbath.  (Nehemiah 13:12-18)  He was concerned that God’s wrath would come upon the people for their disrespect of God’s commandment.  He was looking out for their welfare and God remembered him for it!

“Remember them, O my God, because they defiled the priestly office and the covenant of the priesthood and of the Levites.” Nehemiah 13:29  “Remember me with favor, O my God.” Nehemiah 13:30b

The last recorded deed of Nehemiah was his dealing with mixed marriages in Judah and the priesthood.  He rebuked the offenders strongly, even beating and pulling out the hair of some of them!  (Nehemiah 13:25)  He made them swear not to give their daughters or allow their sons to marry outside the faith.  Sin requires decisive action or it brings God’s wrath.  Nehemiah was “remembered with favor” by the Lord!

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Building a Spiritual Legacy

Scripture reading for May 13th: Nehemiah 11-13

Nehemiah was known as a man of prayer and a man of integrity and action.  His faith in God and simple trust in God’s word moved him to take some strong actions.  We have a record of these actions in the closing chapters of the book of Nehemiah.

Nehemiah and the people had finished rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem in a record 52 days.  He celebrated by gathering all the people and leaders and dedicating the wall to God.  He had Levites come from all over the land to purify first themselves, and then the gates, the wall, and the people.  (Nehemiah 12:27-30)  He had all of the leaders go up on top of the wall and assembled two large choirs who would lead in the worship and thanksgiving.  There were also trumpeters and musicians to help with the celebration.  “And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy.  The women and children also rejoiced.  The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away.” (Nehemiah 12:43)

The Book of the Law was also read that day and it revealed that no Moabite or Ammonite should ever be admitted into the assembly of God because of the curses of Baalam.  They took action to exclude foreigners that day.  Nehemiah found that Tobiah the Ammonite had been given a room in the temple by Eliashib the priest.  He took Tobiah’s goods and threw them out of the temple and had the room purified.  He also found that portions for the Levites were not being distributed and rebuked the officials.  These acts are recorded as a record of a legacy Nehemiah built by obedience and zeal for God’s house! (Nehemiah 13:14)

Nehemiah also saw men working on the Sabbath and desecrating the Lord’s day.  He warned them against doing what was contrary to God’s Law.  He then ordered the gates of Jerusalem shut as the Sabbath began and not opened until it was over.  The Sabbath day was to be kept holy!  Nehemiah prayed that his zeal would be remembered as a spiritual legacy!  (Nehemiah 13:22)

Zeal for God’s house and God’s word brings a spiritual legacy!  Check out your life today and see if you can confidently pray that God remember what you are doing as a spiritual legacy!  Treasures in heaven last forever!

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Remember me, O my God!

Scripture reading for May 13th: Nehemiah 11-13

Would you like to be remembered by God for the good works you accomplish?  It would be a great honor to have God’s smiling approval recorded for all to read and know.  Some in Scripture have had this honor and Nehemiah is one of them.  Others have had a record of their accomplishments but God called them “evil” and wrote them down as a bad examples!  Let’s look at Nehemiah’s last four prayers of petition to the Lord, see his heart,  and learn why God answered his prayers with favor!

“Remember me for this, O my God, and do not blot out what I have so faithfully done for the house of my God and its services.” Nehemiah 13:14

Nehemiah is asking to be remembered for cleansing the temple of Tobiah the Ammonite, who Eliashib the priest had given a room in the temple.  Nehemiah threw out all his things and cleansed the room. (Nehemiah 13:1-2,7-9)  Nehemiah also found out that the Levites had not received their portion of the tithes and therefore had to return to work, neglecting the work in the temple.  He rebuked the officials who had allowed this and ordered the Levites back to work  in the temple. He reminded the people to bring their tithes into the storehouse and replenish the storerooms that had been neglected.  Nehemiah did this because he loved the Lord’s house and knew the people needed the services of the priesthood.  He knew that they needed to bring their tithes into the temple for their own worship and good!  Faithfulness to God’s house is always remembered and rewarded!

“Then I commanded the Levites to purify themselves and go and guard the gates in order to keep the Sabbath day holy.  Remember me for this also, O my God, and show mercy to me according to your great love.” Nehemiah 13:22

Nehemiah next rebuked the people for doing business on the Sabbath, closed the gates, and warned those bringing goods to remove them on the Sabbath.  (Nehemiah 13:12-18)  He was concerned that God’s wrath would come upon the people for their disrespect of God’s commandment.  He was looking out for their welfare.  This probably was not popular but was necessary and God remembered him for it!

“Remember them, O my God, because they defiled the priestly office and the covenant of the priesthood and of the Levites.” Nehemiah 13:29  “Remember me with favor, O my God.” Nehemiah 13:30b

The last recorded deed of Nehemiah was his dealing with mixed marriages in Judah and the priesthood.  This greatly disturbed this man of prayer and he rebuked the offenders strongly, even beating and pulling out the hair of some of them!  (Nehemiah 13:25)  He made them swear not to give their daughters or allow their sons to marry outside the nation of faith.  He reminded them of Solomon’s sin in this area.  He was a bad example even though he was loved by God and made king!  Sin requires decisive action or it corrupts and defiles and brings God’s wrath.  Wise leaders take action!  In doing so, they are “remembered with favor” by the Lord!  Would that be your prayer today?

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