The first part of today’s reading may seem boring and mundane, but there are some great things happening. The people of Israel are functioning as the people of Israel should! Since this is a rare occurrence, it’s worth noting. The priest, scribes, governor, and Levites all took hold of their God-given purpose, at least in this moment.
Reflection Question #1: Am I living out the purpose for which God put me on this earth?
The second part of today’s reading gives us a snapshot of the dedication of Nehemiah’s rebuilt wall. This was such a climactic moment for the people of Israel – they could now defend themselves again. They could have “watchmen on the wall” and offer protection over the city. Jerusalem could stand once more as a “city on a hill”. This was no small thing. They asked for the blessing of the Lord. The choir sang. The musicians played. They celebrated.
Reflection Question #2: Is my life dedicated to the will of God?
The third part of the reading explains the re-implementation of the Temple servants. People were appointed for each of the various roles it took to make the Temple function: storekeepers, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, and more. I love what verse 45 says about them: “And they performed the service of their God…”
Reflection Question #3: Am I living to the glory of God by serving with the gifts and talents He’s given me?
What else did you glean from our reading? What is the Lord teaching you through Nehemiah? Did the reflection questions help you think through your faith in Jesus?
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor