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Wed, Sep 05, 2018

Nehemiah 8

Jon Courson in his commentary on Nehemiah writes, “Nearly twenty-five centuries ago, a band of battered people faced up to the embarrassing evidence of their inability to rebuild their ruined past. And then came a man who, with patient persistence, abundant supply, and deep compassion taught them to pray. He taught them how to resist the attacks of their adversaries. He taught them to be compassionate and kind toward their brothers who were more unfortunate than they. He led them in rebuilding that which was ruined. And in fifty-two days, the project was completed. Nehemiah is in this story, but he’s also in your story personally for he is a picture of the Holy Spirit who teaches us to pray, who empowers us to overcome the attacks of the devil, who enables us to be compassionate and kind, who works with us and in us to rebuild the ruined parts of our lives, the walls of our soul that lie in rubble and ruin. Don’t miss Him in this story. Don’t miss Him in your story.”
Series:Nehemiah
Duration:52 mins 58 secs

Nehemiah 8-10

 

Jon Courson in his commentary on Nehemiah writes, “Nearly twenty-five centuries ago, a band of battered people faced up to the embarrassing evidence of their inability to rebuild their ruined past. And then came a man who, with patient persistence, abundant supply, and deep compassion taught them to pray. He taught them how to resist the attacks of their adversaries. He taught them to be compassionate and kind toward their brothers who were more unfortunate than they. He led them in rebuilding that which was ruined. And in fifty-two days, the project was completed. Nehemiah is in this story, but he’s also in your story personally for he is a picture of the Holy Spirit who teaches us to pray, who empowers us to overcome the attacks of the devil, who enables us to be compassionate and kind, who works with us and in us to rebuild the ruined parts of our lives, the walls of our soul that lie in rubble and ruin. Don’t miss Him in this story. Don’t miss Him in your story.”



9  And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, "This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn nor weep." For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law.

 

The Word of God created a genuine sorrow and repentance.

 

Instead of mourning over their sin, Nehemiah knew the people needed to focus on God’s forgiveness.

 

Both Nehemiah and Ezra knew God had given them a new beginning. “At times we need to recall how far we’ve fallen. At other times we should recall how far we’ve come.”

 

If I focus on where I need to be, I can easily get depressed. It’s enough to make me cry!

 

I appreciate something I read today that said, “Though I’m not where I need to be, or want to be, I’m certainly not where I use to be!”

 

Nehemiah and Ezra sense that it is time to rejoice... not regret.

 

The gift of discernment cant be over rated. We need it desperately to navigate our way through this life.



10  Then he said to them, "Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our LORD. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."

 

Hebrews 12:2, “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

 

Jesus experienced sorrow for a season, so you and I could rejoice forever.

 

11  So the Levites quieted all the people, saying, "Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved."

12  And all the people went their way to eat and drink, to send portions and rejoice greatly, because they understood the words that were declared to them.

 

Understanding of God’s Word brought joy! What was true then is still true today! The more you understand and apply God’s Word in your life, the happier you will be.

 

13  Now on the second day the heads of the fathers' houses of all the people, with the priests and Levites, were gathered to Ezra the scribe, in order to understand the words of the Law.

14  And they found written in the Law, which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths during the feast of the seventh month,

15  and that they should announce and proclaim in all their cities and in Jerusalem, saying, "Go out to the mountain, and bring olive branches, branches of oil trees, myrtle branches, palm branches, and branches of leafy trees, to make booths, as it is written."

 

As Ezra read the Law it dawned on the Jews the Feasts of Tabernacles was upon them. They built outdoor booths or huts to remind them of their journey through the wilderness, and God’s provision for them for 40 years. It was a wonderful celebration.

 

Philippians 4:19, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”



16  Then the people went out and brought them and made themselves booths, each one on the roof of his house, or in their courtyards or the courts of the house of God, and in the open square of the Water Gate and in the open square of the Gate of Ephraim.

17  So the whole assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and sat under the booths; for since the days of Joshua the son of Nun until that day the children of Israel had not done so. And there was very great gladness.



On the second day, following the great preaching service wherein the people were taught for six hours and sent their way rejoicing, the leaders and elders met with Ezra personally and learned that, according to Leviticus 23, once a year they were to celebrate the Feast of Booths, or the Feast of Tabernacles. This was an eight-day festival in which people lived in little huts and remembered remembered the way God had provided for His people during their wilderness wanderings. If you’re in any way interested in ministry, searching the Word is part of your responsibility. Be like these Old Testament leaders and elders. Be like the New Testament saints at Berea (Acts 17:10, 11). Search the Scriptures and find out what needs to be uncovered and reestablished both in your life personally and in the life of the church corporately. Leviticus 23 tells us there were actually seven feasts and these feasts have significance, not only to the people of God historically, but to us prophetically…

 

1. The first feast was Passover, It was to be celebrated in the spring, the fourteenth day of Nissan, or our April. The Passover was when the lamb was slain, commemorating how God delivered His people from bondage in Egypt, as well as to portray Jesus, the Lamb of God, who would take away the sin of the world (John 1:29). At the very time the Passover lamb was being slain in the temple, the Son of God, God’s holy Lamb would be pinned to the tree of Calvary.

 

2. The next feast, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, took place the day after Passover. Leaven is a picture of sin. Jesus, the Lamb of God, was in the tomb the day after Passover, and if there was sin in Him, He would not have risen from the dead, for the wages of sin is nothing other than death (Romans 6:23).

 

3. The third feast, the Feast of Firstfruits, took place on the first day of the week after Passover. At the Feast of Firstfruits, the people would offer their firstfruits to the Lord. Jesus rose from the dead on that day as the Firstfruit of many to come, for because He lives, we shall live also.

 

4. The fourth feast was Pentecost. Fifty days after Passover was the Feast of Pentecost. Among other things, Pentecost was a celebration of the Law being given. When the Law was given, 3,000 people died because of their sin (Exodus 32:28). Conversely, fifty days after Jesus died, when the Holy Spirit came upon the one hundred and twenty in the Upper Room, the church was birthed and 3,000 were saved (Acts 2:41).

 

5. The fifth feast was the Feast of Trumpets, which took place on the first day of the seventh month, corresponding with our month of October. One day not too far away, we’re going to hear the trump of God and be whisked away in the Rapture (1 Corinthians 15:52).

 

6. The sixth feast, Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement, took place nine days after the Feast of Trumpets. Yom Kippur was a time of sorrow and repentance. So, too, after the church is raptured, the Tribulation will break out on earth and, during that time, the Jewish people will understand to a great degree that Jesus is indeed their Messiah.

 

7. The last feast is the one we see here: the Feast of Tabernacles. In Zechariah 14, we read that after the Lord comes and establishes His kingdom on the earth, all people will be invited to celebrate this feast and in so doing say, “Thank You, Lord. You saw us through and brought us home.”



18  Also day by day, from the first day until the last day, he read from the Book of the Law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day there was a sacred assembly, according to the prescribed manner.

 

The feast of Tabernacles lasted 8 days. And each day Ezra would read from the Word of God. God was establishing the daily reading of His Word in the lives of His people. God desires that the Bible become a daily habit.

 

Is daily reading of God’s Word the habit of my life? If so, praise the Lord! If not, lets determine to make it so!

 

Behavior Scientists tell us it takes 23 days to make or break a habit. I’m not sure if thats true or not.

 

Jon Courson writes, “Every day during the seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles, the priests would make their way to the pool of Siloam. There, they would draw water from the pool and pour it out on the temple mount, commemorating how God had supplied water for His people in the wilderness. But on the last day, the solemn assembly day, the priests would go to Siloam and return with empty pitchers, signifying the One who was to come. You see Siloam means “Sent one,” and the people knew that One would be coming who would give them refreshment, who would set them free. Thus, when, on the eighth day, the priests would pour out their empty pitchers and quote Isaiah’s prophecy that God would pour out His Spirit upon them (Isaiah 44:3, 4), the people would pray that Messiah would come.

 

In John 7, we see the answer to their prayer, for it was on the eighth day of the Feast of Tabernacles that, as the people prayed silently, Jesus declared, “If any man thirst, let him come unto Me and out of his innermost being shall gush forth torrents of living water” (John 7:37, 38). The pitchers would never need to be empty again. And neither do we, for truly Jesus—the fulfillment of every feast, the culmination of every festival—supplies our every need.”

 

Amen!



Nehemiah 9:1-38

 

In Nehemiah chapter 9 the Jewish leaders are standing on the stairs of the Temple, and the Levites recount God’s faithfulness to Israel throughout the nation’s history.

 

Those who fail to remember the past are bound by its failures.

 

History not learned from tends to repeat itself.

 

Sadly for many, “If there is anything we have leaned from history is that we have learned nothing from history.

 

Look back and recount the blessings of God. It serves to make us humble and grateful.

 

Though Nehemiah had called for the people to celebrate and not be sorrowful remembering the Joy of the Lord is their strength, the people themselves felt a need for brokenness. Their actions provide an important insight. The Lord does call us to joy, to experience His grace, and to bask in His goodness. As we draw close to God we become aware of how far we are from where we should be. When the prophet Isaiah saw the Lord high and lifted up that he cried out, “Woe is me. I am a man of unclean lips” (Isaiah 6:5). In the New Testament when Peter realized Jesus was the Son of God he fell to his knees and said, “Depart from me for I am a sinful man” (Luke 5:8). So it is when you draw close to the Lord that you are made aware how far you are from where you could be.



1 Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, in sackcloth, and with dust on their heads.

 

“Sackcloth” was a coarse fiber, a stiff burlap, and when worn it irritated the skin. Looking back the children of Israel became painfully aware of their forefather’s mistakes, and they realized they were more than capable of repeating them...

 

2 Then those of Israelite lineage separated themselves from all foreigners; and they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.

 

Sins can and do get passed down… so they confessed them all to cut them off…

 

3 And they stood up in their place and read from the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for one-fourth of the day; and for another fourth they confessed and worshiped the LORD their God.

 

If a day was from sunrise to sunset, roughly 12 hours that means the people read, confessed and worshipped God for 6 hours. A 6 hour church service! Never again do I want to hear we went too long. Ha!

 

Romans 2:4 says the kindness of God leads a man to repentance.  As the people read the Word and worshiped the Lord the natural result is the desire to confess our sins in worship. Thanking God for sending our Messiah, the Lord Jesus to pay the ultimate sacrifice for us!



4 Then Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani stood on the stairs of the Levites and cried out with a loud voice to the LORD their God.

 

Next we have the longest recored prayer in the Bible. Its worth noting that this prayer is a prayer of reflection. Its good to take time and reflect back on the faithfulness of God. Tonight as you lay down to go to sleep. Take a few moments and go back and think about all the Lord has done for you. We forget too quickly and get blinded by the craziness of our schedules today.



5 And the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said: "Stand up and bless the LORD your God Forever and ever! "Blessed be Your glorious name, Which is exalted above all blessing and praise!

6 You alone are the LORD; You have made heaven, The heaven of heavens, with all their host, The earth and everything on it, The seas and all that is in them, And You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You.

 

God made the heavens in 3 layers.

1. The earth’s atmosphere is the first heaven.

2. What we call “space” is the second heaven.

3. The spiritual dimension where angels reside – is what Paul called the third heaven.

 

7 "You are the LORD God, Who chose Abram, And brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans, And gave him the name Abraham;

 

“Abram” meant “father”. “Abraham” meant “father of many nations”. Abram’s name change to Abraham reflects the blessing God bestowed on Abraham and his descendants.

 

8 You found his heart faithful before You, And made a covenant with him To give the land of the Canaanites, The Hittites, the Amorites, The Perizzites, the Jebusites, And the Girgashites--

 

Notice what the Levites say about God’s promise of the land to Israel.

 

To give it to his descendants. You have performed Your words, For You are righteous.

 

Its important to note that God ties His righteousness, His very character and reputation to His promise to give the land to Israel. The Palestinians are fighting a losing battle today over the land. We must not forget that before the land belonged to the Arabs, even before the land belonged to the Hebrews, to Israel and even before it belonged to the Canaanites the land belonged to God.

 

And guess what? God in His sovereignty chose to give it to Abraham and as well, to “his descendants.” Nobody can change that… Many within Israel need to go back and read this prayer for themselves.



9 "You saw the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, And heard their cry by the Red Sea.

10 You showed signs and wonders against Pharaoh, Against all his servants, And against all the people of his land. For You knew that they acted proudly against them. So You made a name for Yourself, as it is this day.

11 And You divided the sea before them, So that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land; And their persecutors You threw into the deep, As a stone into the mighty waters.

12 Moreover You led them by day with a cloudy pillar, And by night with a pillar of fire, To give them light on the road Which they should travel.

13 "You came down also on Mount Sinai, And spoke with them from heaven, And gave them just ordinances and true laws, Good statutes and commandments.

14 You made known to them Your holy Sabbath, And commanded them precepts, statutes and laws, By the hand of Moses Your servant.

15 You gave them bread from heaven for their hunger, And brought them water out of the rock for their thirst, And told them to go in to possess the land Which You had sworn to give them.

16 "But they and our fathers acted proudly, Hardened their necks, And did not heed Your commandments.

 

Let me ask you a question? Did the nation of Israel give God ample reasons to cast them off forever?

 

Have you and I given Him reason enough to cast us off too? I know I have and yet we read…

 

17 They refused to obey, And they were not mindful of Your wonders That You did among them. But they hardened their necks, And in their rebellion They appointed a leader To return to their bondage. But You are God, Ready to pardon, Gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, Abundant in kindness, And did not forsake them.

 

What an amazing God we serve! What grace, what mercy, what love!



18 "Even when they made a molded calf for themselves, And said, 'This is your god That brought you up out of Egypt,' And worked great provocations,

19 Yet in Your manifold mercies You did not forsake them in the wilderness. The pillar of the cloud did not depart from them by day, To lead them on the road; Nor the pillar of fire by night, To show them light, And the way they should go.

 

Despite His people’s failure God remained faithful to them.



20 You also gave Your good Spirit to instruct them, And did not withhold Your manna from their mouth, And gave them water for their thirst.

21 Forty years You sustained them in the wilderness, They lacked nothing; Their clothes did not wear out And their feet did not swell.

 

What we wouldn’t give for some of those heavenly Birkenstocks!

 

22 "Moreover You gave them kingdoms and nations, And divided them into districts. So they took possession of the land of Sihon, The land of the king of Heshbon, And the land of Og king of Bashan.

 

These were the nations the Hebrews conquered east of the Jordan, before they crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land.

 

23 You also multiplied their children as the stars of heaven, And brought them into the land Which You had told their fathers To go in and possess.

24 So the people went in And possessed the land; You subdued before them the inhabitants of the land, The Canaanites, And gave them into their hands, With their kings And the people of the land, That they might do with them as they wished.

25 And they took strong cities and a rich land, And possessed houses full of all goods, Cisterns already dug, vineyards, olive groves, And fruit trees in abundance. So they ate and were filled and grew fat, And delighted themselves in Your great goodness.

26 "Nevertheless they were disobedient And rebelled against You, Cast Your law behind their backs And killed Your prophets, who testified against them To turn them to Yourself; And they worked great provocations.

 

Prosperity can ruin a nation, a church, even an individual.

 

Its very easy for a person to become so attached to the blessings that we forgets the One who Blesses!

 

We can quickly turn God’s gifts into idols – and worship the gifts instead of the Giver.

 

27 Therefore You delivered them into the hand of their enemies, Who oppressed them; And in the time of their trouble, When they cried to You, You heard from heaven; And according to Your abundant mercies You gave them deliverers who saved them From the hand of their enemies.

 

Gideon, Samson, Samuel, David, Elijah, and Hezekiah. All fought battles to liberate the Jews from their enemies.



28 "But after they had rest, They again did evil before You. Therefore You left them in the hand of their enemies, So that they had dominion over them; Yet when they returned and cried out to You, You heard from heaven; And many times You delivered them according to Your mercies,

29 And testified against them, That You might bring them back to Your law. Yet they acted proudly, And did not heed Your commandments, But sinned against Your judgments, 'Which if a man does, he shall live by them.' And they shrugged their shoulders, Stiffened their necks, And would not hear.

30 Yet for many years You had patience with them, And testified against them by Your Spirit in Your prophets. Yet they would not listen; Therefore You gave them into the hand of the peoples of the lands.

 

For 850 years the people would sin and turn from God. To get their attention God would raise up an enemy to oppress them. They would cry out for mercy. Then God would respond with deliverance... Only to see them return to their sinful ways... For 850 years, almost a millennium, the cycle of sin was repeated.

 

Until… as we read in verse 30, “Therefore You gave them into the hand of the peoples of the land.”

 

Since they loved their idols so much God sent them to live among the idolaters. The Assyrians came into Israel and God’s people were scattered to the ends of the earth. Then years latter the Babylonians came and sacked Jerusalem and took the Jews captive.



31 Nevertheless in Your great mercy You did not utterly consume them nor forsake them; For You are God, gracious and merciful.

 

Verse 31 provides hope!

 

32 "Now therefore, our God, The great, the mighty, and awesome God, Who keeps covenant and mercy: Do not let all the trouble seem small before You That has come upon us, Our kings and our princes, Our priests and our prophets, Our fathers and on all Your people, From the days of the kings of Assyria until this day.

33 However You are just in all that has befallen us; For You have dealt faithfully, But we have done wickedly.

 

Verse 33 pretty much sums up the history of Israel. God is faithful, Israel has not been faithful.

 

They do the right thing! They repent.

 

The only sin God will not forgive is unrepentant sin.

 

1 John 1:9,  “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

 

34 Neither our kings nor our princes, Our priests nor our fathers, Have kept Your law, Nor heeded Your commandments and Your testimonies, With which You testified against them.

35 For they have not served You in their kingdom, Or in the many good things that You gave them, Or in the large and rich land which You set before them; Nor did they turn from their wicked works.

36 "Here we are, servants today! And the land that You gave to our fathers, To eat its fruit and its bounty, Here we are, servants in it!

37 And it yields much increase to the kings You have set over us, Because of our sins; Also they have dominion over our bodies and our cattle At their pleasure; And we are in great distress.

38 "And because of all this, We make a sure covenant, and write it; Our leaders, our Levites, and our priests seal it."

 

In chapter 10 we will learn that the Jews take an oath to walk in God’s ways, and the leaders will seal the oath with their signatures. They put their name on the line.



Nehemiah 10

 

Verses 1-27 list the men who signed the covenant on behalf of the people (9:38b).  

Verse 1: Nehemiah's name heads the list

Verses 2-8: followed by 22 priests

Verses 9-13: the Levites  

Verses 14-27: and the leaders of the people

 

Verses 1–28 record the names of the twenty-two priests, forty-four chiefs, and others who were so touched by the Lord that they signed on the dotted line of a new covenant with Him.




1  Now those who placed their seal on the document were: Nehemiah the governor, the son of Hacaliah, and Zedekiah,

2  Seraiah, Azariah, Jeremiah,

3  Pashhur, Amariah, Malchijah,

4  Hattush, Shebaniah, Malluch,

5  Harim, Meremoth, Obadiah,

6  Daniel, Ginnethon, Baruch,

7  Meshullam, Abijah, Mijamin,

8  Maaziah, Bilgai, and Shemaiah. These were the priests.

9  The Levites: Jeshua the son of Azaniah, Binnui of the sons of Henadad, and Kadmiel.

10  Their brethren: Shebaniah, Hodijah, Kelita, Pelaiah, Hanan,

11  Micha, Rehob, Hashabiah,

12  Zaccur, Sherebiah, Shebaniah,

13  Hodijah, Bani, and Beninu.

14  The leaders of the people: Parosh, Pahath-Moab, Elam, Zattu, Bani,

15  Bunni, Azgad, Bebai,

16  Adonijah, Bigvai, Adin,

17  Ater, Hezekiah, Azzur,

18  Hodijah, Hashum, Bezai,

19  Hariph, Anathoth, Nebai,

20  Magpiash, Meshullam, Hezir,

21  Meshezabel, Zadok, Jaddua,

22  Pelatiah, Hanan, Anaiah,

23  Hoshea, Hananiah, Hasshub,

24  Hallohesh, Pilha, Shobek,

25  Rehum, Hashabnah, Maaseiah,

26  Ahijah, Hanan, Anan,

27  Malluch, Harim, and Baanah.

 

Verses 28-29 are an introductory to the covenant stating the people agreed “to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and His ordinances and His statutes”



28  Now the rest of the people--the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the Nethinim, and all those who had separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to the Law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, everyone who had knowledge and understanding--

29  these joined with their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse and an oath to walk in God's Law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and His ordinances and His statutes:

 

1. The first result of revival is unity among the brethren. “By your love for one another, all men will know that you are My disciples,” Jesus said, John 13:35. Love is the proof of our love for the Lord.

 

Concern for religious life was central in this covenant. With the exception of verses 30 and 31, the covenant deals exclusively with the maintenance of the temple and its servants.

 

2. The second result of true revival is a renewed dedication to the Word. This shouldn’t be surprising because when you’re in love, you want to know all you can about the object of your affection. And, because the Bible is God’s love letter, when we are in love with Him, we will find oursleves wanting to know His heart and His thoughts through His Word.

 

30  We would not give our daughters as wives to the peoples of the land, nor take their daughters for our sons; the Jews bound themselves to refrain from foreign marriages

 

3. The third result of true revival is separation from the world. No longer would God’s people marry the heathen people of the land.

 

If you’re spending time with people who don’t know Jesus and they’re doing better because you’re with them, great. But if your spending time with worldly people is causing you to compromise, separate yourself.  



31  if the peoples of the land brought wares or any grain to sell on the Sabbath day, we would not buy it from them on the Sabbath, or on a holy day; and we would forego the seventh year's produce and the exacting of every debt. to observe the Sabbath day and the sabbatical year

 

32  Also we made ordinances for ourselves, to exact from ourselves yearly one-third of a shekel for the service of the house of our God:

33  for the showbread, for the regular grain offering, for the regular burnt offering of the Sabbaths, the New Moons, and the set feasts; for the holy things, for the sin offerings to make atonement for Israel, and all the work of the house of our God. to make an annual contribution for the temple services

 

34  We cast lots among the priests, the Levites, and the people, for bringing the wood offering into the house of our God, according to our fathers' houses, at the appointed times year by year, to burn on the altar of the LORD our God as it is written in the Law. to provide wood for the altar of the LORD

 

35  And we made ordinances to bring the firstfruits of our ground and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, to the house of the LORD;

36  to bring the firstborn of our sons and our cattle, as it is written in the Law, and the firstborn of our herds and our flocks, to the house of our God, to the priests who minister in the house of our God;

37  to bring the firstfruits of our dough, our offerings, the fruit from all kinds of trees, the new wine and oil, to the priests, to the storerooms of the house of our God; and to bring the tithes of our land to the Levites, for the Levites should receive the tithes in all our farming communities.

38  And the priest, the descendant of Aaron, shall be with the Levites when the Levites receive tithes; and the Levites shall bring up a tenth of the tithes to the house of our God, to the rooms of the storehouse.

39  For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the grain, of the new wine and the oil, to the storerooms where the articles of the sanctuary are, where the priests who minister and the gatekeepers and the singers are; and we will not neglect the house of our God. and to bring the redemption money for their firstborn and the firstfruits of their crops to the temple for the support of the priests and Levites—to restore the tithes.

 

4. The fourth result of true revival is seen in a renewed determination to worship. Here, in an act of worship, the people determined that the first of their crops, dough, and cattle would go to the work of the Lord.

 

Why does God want the first of our money, the first of our effort, the first of our time? For one simple reason. It’s not that He needs anything we can give. What He wants is our hearts and wherever our treasure is, there our heart is (Luke 12:34). If we treasure the things of God, we will be interested in the things of God. That’s why the Lord wants us to give Him the first of our money, the first of our energy, the first of our ability. If I don’t give, my treasure, and therefore my heart, will go somewhere else.



The results of Revival…

 

1. Unity among the brethren

2. Renewed desire for the Word

3. Separation from the world.

4. Worship God, keep Him first



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