Unlike many of the Psalms, Psalm 96 only speaks of joyful things. There is nothing about wickedness or evil. Continue reading “Psalm 96”
In 587 BC, Nebuchadnezzar conquered Jerusalem. He deported the tribe of Judah to Babylon. Later, on three separate occasions, some are permitted to return.
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Nehemiah goes back to Persia for two years. When he returns to Judah, he sees that the leaders had done great evil. He needs to reform the people.
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Nehemiah lists the priests and Levites. They celebrate the dedication of the new wall. And they give contributions for temple. God gives them great joy!
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Very few people had been living in Jerusalem due to the destruction. But now that the walls and gates are repaired, the city is ready to be fully occupied.
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Everyone takes an oath to obey the Torah and the commandments. They enact a tax for their new temple building. They resolve to not forsake the house of God.
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The people read the Bible. They examine their conscience, confess their sins, and worship the LORD anew. Everyone agrees to walk with the LORD.
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The nation gathers. Ezra stands on a high pulpit. He reads the whole Bible, explaining it as he goes. He says the joy of the LORD is their strength.
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The people repair the gates and doors. Then the city is secure. Nehemiah wants to populate it with people of pure Jewish descent. So he registers everyone.
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The enemies keep inviting Nehemiah to walk away from rebuilding the walls of the city and come meet them. Nehemiah says NO. And he completes the wall.
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