MONDAY 4TH MAY, 2020
THEME: Seek The Word
PASSAGE: Nehemiah 8:9-18
HYMN: MHB 516- When we walk with the Lord
MEMORY VERSE: Nehemiah 8:6 And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people answered “Amen, Amen” with lifting up their hands, and they bowed their heads and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
The understanding of some people is that Nehemiah was a Prophet, but the real Prophet was Ezra. Nehemiah was a layman, a cup-bearer of King Artaxerxes. He was later appointed Governor of Jerusalem to succeed Zerubabel. He worked with Ezra which means “My helper” because he was motivated by his relationship with God and he devoted his life to doing God’s work in a secular world. Such people are crucial to God’s work in all aspects of life.
Ezra the Priest and scribe brought the people’s consciousness back when he read through the book of the law, the five books of Moses. They wept openly and realized how far they were from obeying the laws of God but Ezra told them they should be filled with joy because the day was holy. After Ezra had read God’s laws to the people, they studied them further and then acted upon them.
A careful reading of scriptures always calls for a response to such questions like ‘what should I do with this knowledge?’ How should my life change? Reading the laws is meant to remind us of the gift of life from God; His protection; love that prompts Him to sacrifice His only Son, Jesus Christ, that we might not perish; and the GREAT COMMISSION of sharing His love to all
It is always helpful to remember our beginnings in order for us to appreciate where we are today. Think back on your life and see where God has led you and what He has led you to do or achieve. Then thank Him for His continued protection on you and provision for your needs. Learn to appreciate God and teach your children to be thankful to God, too.
PRAYER: Humble me O Lord so that Your name will be lifted high forever in my life, for I ask through Jesus Christ. Amen.
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