How would you like to read through God's Love Letter—His Word, the Bible, with a group of like-minded, Christian girlfriends? We're doing that over in the private, Sweeter Than Honey, Facebook group. Did you know you don't have to start a Bible reading plan on January 1? You can begin today! This simple plan, and an accountability partner, will help you succeed. Who will be your accountability partner? Share this post with them and invite them to the private Facebook group.
Sweeter Than Honey is patterned after this Bible Reading Itinerary. On Tuesdays, here at the blog, I would love it if you and I could take a trip through God's Word and Sweeter Than Honey, together! I would also encourage you to Join us over in the private, Sweeter Than Honey, Facebook group, introduce yourself, meet new friends, and share your thoughts there as well. We're waiting for you!
Nehemiah 6-9: Treasure the Treasure of God's Word
Nehemiah and the remnant who returned to Jerusalem from the Great Exile in Babylon rebuilt and fortified the walls of Jerusalem against much opposition and in record time. “And when all our enemies heard of it, all the nations around us were afraid and fell greatly in their own esteem, for they perceived that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God” (Nehemiah 6:16). A role of genealogy is recorded of the people, and then we find Ezra, in the town square of Jerusalem, reading the Law of God.
And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, ‘This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.’ For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. Then he said to them, ‘Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’ So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, ‘Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved.’ And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.” (Nehemiah 8:1-12)
Do you realize how special it was for these people to hear the Book of the Law read to them, and for the Levites to come alongside the common people and teach them and help them to understand it? All these people gathered together as one people, and they told Ezra to bring the Book of the Law. This wasn’t a book that every home had access to like we do the Bible today. Sometimes, I wonder if we don’t take for granted our access to God’s Word and forget that it hasn’t always been this way. Even in modern history, not everyone in the world has access to His Word. Today, let’s treasure the treasure of God’s Word!
How are you treasuring the treasure of God’s Word today?
About Sweeter Than Honey
Let's be intentional about focusing on God’s Word and the truths found there. Let's let it inspire us to live out our faith each day in a way that causes those we come in contact with to want what we have found. God sees you. He knows you by name, He knows the number of hairs on your head, and He cares about every detail of your daily existence. He wrote you a Love Letter. Let’s dive in!
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