December 8, 2020

23Moreover, in those days I saw men of Judah who had married women from Ashdod, Ammon and Moab. 24Half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod or the language of one of the other peoples, and did not know how to speak the language of Judah. 25I rebuked them and called curses down on them. I beat some of the men and pulled out their hair. I made them take an oath in God’s name and said: “You are not to give your daughters in marriage to their sons, nor are you to take their daughters in marriage for your sons or for yourselves. 26Was it not because of marriages like these that Solomon king of Israel sinned? Among the many nations there was no king like him. He was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel, but even he was led into sin by foreign women.  (Nehemiah 13:23-26, NIV)

 

NEHEMIAH 10-13

DAY 346: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR

Focus Verses For Today: Nehemiah 13:23-26

Today we conclude our journey through the book of Nehemiah with the dedication of the rebuilt wall and Nehemiah’s final reforms.

Take a moment and pray, asking for understanding of today’s reading. Read Nehemiah 10-13. Let’s journey!

 

Nehemiah 10-13: Nehemiah leads by example, being the first to sign a covenant to separate themselves from the ungodly and to be held accountable for their actions. The names of the other signers are also recorded. The covenant was a return to the Lord. The Israelites came together as a nation and worked together for God’s glory. Their names are remembered. A great celebration occurred with the dedication of the rebuilt wall around Jerusalem. The celebration surrounded the city with praise and ended at the rebuilt temple. Nehemiah left Jerusalem and returned to the king. The Israelites quickly began falling away from the Lord, returning to their old habits. Nehemiah returned to Jerusalem, providing reforms and, again, directing the people back to the Lord. Nehemiah ends with a prayer to the Lord. (Nehemiah 10:1-9:31)

 

Our focus verses for today:

 

23Moreover, in those days I saw men of Judah who had married women from Ashdod, Ammon and Moab. 24Half of their children spoke the language of Ashdod or the language of one of the other peoples, and did not know how to speak the language of Judah. 25I rebuked them and called curses down on them. I beat some of the men and pulled out their hair. I made them take an oath in God’s name and said: “You are not to give your daughters in marriage to their sons, nor are you to take their daughters in marriage for your sons or for yourselves. 26Was it not because of marriages like these that Solomon king of Israel sinned? Among the many nations there was no king like him. He was loved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel, but even he was led into sin by foreign women.  (Nehemiah 13:23-26, NIV)

 

During our journey through the Bible, time and again, we have seen the Israelites fall away from the Lord, led astray by others nations. The Israelites welcomed those unbelievers into their homes and into their lives through marriage and association. Their failures should serve as examples to us. Be careful with whom you surround yourself! It is easy to be led astray!

 

Godspeace!

 

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