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Read: Nehemiah 10

Reading at the pace of one chapter a day is a nice. It’s plenty doable. But when we come to a portion of Scripture like Chapter 10 in Nehemiah, it’s important to read it as the natural follow-up to Chapters 8 & 9.

In Chapter 8, we see the great town meeting, where Ezra reads God’s Word to the people.

In Chapter 9, we see the community’s prayer in response to hearing God’s Word. The people acknowledge the Lord as their gracious deliverer and redeemer.

Now in Chapter 10, the people do more than weep at the hearing of God’s Word. They do more than acknowledge God’s presence in their history. Now they renew their vows.

You see, God broke up with Israel when the Israelites repeatedly turned away from God. So God removed his hand of protection and allowed them to become vulnerable. God allowed the Babylonians to defeat them and carry them into exile. But then God provided a way for the people of Israel to come home.

Now God and Israel are getting back together. And they’re renewing their vows.

Chapter 10 is like an early foretaste of the wedding banquet we’ll have on the other side of eternity.

Jesus Christ is the Bridegroom and the church is his Bride. No matter how many times we fail, God is faithful. And the offer of grace still stands, until the day we stand before him.

WRITE IT

In a journal or notebook, write Nehemiah 10:28-29.

“The rest of the people…everyone who is able to understand and who has separated themselves from the surrounding peoples to obey the law of God — join with their noble brothers and commit themselves with a sworn oath to follow the law of God given through God’s servant Moses and to obey carefully all the commands, ordinances, and statutes of the Lord our Lord.”

Or write any passage from today’s reading that stands out to you.

PRAY IT

Thank you, Lord, that you are always faithful, even when your people are not, even when I am not. Thank you for the grace you show, time and time again. I commit myself to following in your footsteps, to become more like you every day. Teach me your ways. Show me your paths. In your name I pray, amen.

Denise J. Hughes

A lover of words and the Word. Author of #DeeperWaters and the #WordWriters Bible studies.

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