What Did Israel Do?

Too often, when we think about the Israel of the Old Testament, we think of a nation that repeatedly sinned, repented and then sinned again. Even though that was true, the Jewish people did do many things that were right in God’s eyes. As I was reading this morning, I came across such a time in Israel’s history.  

In Nehemiah 9:1-3 it states “1 Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, in sackcloth, and with dust on their heads. 2 Then those of Israelite lineage separated themselves from all foreigners; and they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers. 3 And they stood up in their place and read from the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for one-fourth of the day; and for another fourth they confessed and worshiped the LORD their God.”
 
We see in this passage that the Jewish nation did 3 very important and critical things. First, in verse 1, it says that they assembled. In other words, they came together as a church. Too many times in our own lives, we live under this assumption that we don’t need to go to church, but can have church on our own. While we might want to believe that idea, it is not true. It is critical to be in some fellowship at a church at least weekly to be lifted up, encouraged, to worship God and be around fellow believers. Second, we learn in this passage that the Jewish people also spent 1/4 of their day and “read from the Book of the Law of the Lord”. It is a constant reminder that we must daily spend time with God reading His Word, learning His ways. Finally, it also tells us that the Jews spent another 1/4 of their day confessing sins and worshipping God. As I reminded us all on Sunday, it is vital that we seek this time alone with God to build a deeper, more intimate relationship with Him. Remember, we are all His temples, the question is are we His holy Temple.
 
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

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