Don't you just love it when
something you are challenged to do
finally gets finished!
So the wall was finished... in fifty-two days.
And it happened, when all our enemies
heard of it, and all the nations around us
saw these things, that they were
very disheartened in their own eyes;
for they perceived that
this work was done by our God.
Nehemiah 6:15-16 NKJV
Boy, I bet the Israelies were ready
for a great celebration.
I mean, I would have wanted
to dance on top of that wall.
Especially in front of those three enemies...
Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem.
I'm not sure what got into them,
but I've had a Sanballat, or two
in my life, and they sure do take
the wind out of your sails
when you're trying to get the courage
to start something new and different.
How awesome that these
former captives had a great leader
who kept his focus and looked to God
for protection those 7 1/2 weeks.
And as Governor, Nehemiah
then gathered the people, to be
counted for the census and recorded
in the books of genealogy.
And the first of the open meetings
was had at these, the new gates
within the walls of Jerusalem.
And Ezra, the priest and scribe
stood before the people
to read from the Book of the Law of Moses.
And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God.
Then all the people answered,
“Amen, Amen!” while lifting up their hands.
And they bowed their heads
and worshiped the Lord
with their faces to the ground.
And the Levites who taught the people
to understand the word of the Lord, said...
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.
But Ezra quieted the people saying...
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.”
And the people went their way,
rejoicing greatly because
they understood the word of the Lord
that was declared to them.
These were people who had lived
most, if not all of their lives
captive to the bondage of Babylon.
They had heard of their heritage.
They had heard of the prophecy
that one day, there would be freedom.
But did they still have hope?
Before that moment,
standing free in the middle of
the rebuilt Jerusalem
did they really understand
the word of the Lord?
Finally, someone explained it to them
in words they understood.
Finally, someone spoke to them
giving examples and applications
that made sense to them.
Finally they were in a place
where they could
freely express their emotions.
Some wept openly.
Some rejoiced and lifted hands.
For many, I'm sure, this was the first
real worship experience they had ever known.
And possibly the first time
they truly understood that God was for them.
How wonderful it is...
to finally and fully know the Lord!
How great when we truly
understand the meaning of His word!
Word of God
train me today...
To rejoice each time a new understanding
of Your word takes place in my heart.
To never neglect sharing with others
all You have taught me, that they too
may understand Your word.
from my heart...
I write as an overflow... an expression of my true love for God and with a deep desire to encourage others in their day to day lives. For we can only find peace, joy, and satisfaction when we yield to the One who yielded His life for us.