DAY 11 STUDY TIME!
Well friends, today is a short Bible study mostly because I don't really have a lot to share about Chapter 11. Maybe you do? Are you hanging in there? I noticed the participation got a little fewer and farther between! Don't give up! OK, take a moment and read through chapter 11 and then we can dialog a bit.
READ NEHEMIAH CHAPTER 11
Once again Nehemiah's amazing administrative skills shine through as he now orchestrates where all the families of the land will dwell. One-tenth will have the honor of living within the city walls, in the heart of Jerusalem. One important aspect of this, was that it was important for people to take ownership of the city and dwell inside the newly erected walls. The reason was to make the city less vulnerable to future attacks as well as populated the city with those who would staff the areas of the temple, gates, and city services. You can see by the list of who moved into the city, the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, singers, and so forth.
I didn't have much personal revelation on this chapter only the culmination of chapters 8 until now. What has intrigued me is how the city of Jerusalem was completely re-established from the foundations and build back up. I have been considering a few things.
First, I've been thinking about how the New Jerusalem in the age to come, will be paralleled (possibly) to what we are seeing right here in chapters 8-11. Those people that are, we will use the word "left", or "saved", will then be governed and re-established in their positions in the new kingdom. Now, it wont be entirely "new", just like the Jews were not "un-jewish" to begin with, I mean we have the kingdom in us, our callings, our gifts etc. They just get activated in the "new establishment" because there would be different applications. I am comparing this here to the Jews in now moving into the city. For example, the Levites were always "Levites", even in Persia. Now that they are in Jerusalem, their position as a "Levite" is amplified because the dan of the people are connected to their eternal calling. This can lead me into an entire other topic of the age to come, which I think is worth meditating on, but back to Nehemiah chapter 11.
The second thought I'd like to throw out tonight, is the Jerusalem-Persia connection. Have you been catching that throughout the book? I keep seeing this weaved into different bits here and there. It is an interesting though that God would use a neighboring country to be such a blessing to Israel. The Perisans funding the rebuilding of the temple, the city walls, even the government here during this time is under Persian law. That means that Nehemiah's salary now is still being paid by the Persian government. Think about that. Thats like the US government paying our pastors. Unheard of! But that is the scenario here. I believe this was supernatural, and because of this, today Persia holds a dear place in the heart of God. Here's a lithe map of Persia in Biblical times.
REFLECTIONS FOR TODAY:
So how are you processing all this? The city, the walls, the temple, the culture. Today, lets share what we are getting on all this so far. I'd love to hear from you!
Father, thank You for speaking to us through Your Word. Reveal the secrets of your kingdom to our hearts and teach us to operate in our eternal calling. Father I desire to be with You where You are and live inside Your holy city, close to Your altar, in Your presence daily in all that I do fully aware of You at the center. Give me a kingdom mindset and firmly establish me in Your ways, in Jesus Name, Amen.