What was in the covenant? The people had been away from God and His Word for so long, when they heard it (Nehemiah 8 & 9) they wanted to put it “into action”.
Here are the points:
~ Not intermarry with the “people of the land”
~ To keep the Sabbath, no buying of goods
~ Seventh year rest of the land
~ Release of debt
~ Pay for the upkeep of the house of God
~ Lots draw for keepers of wood for offering
~ First fruit offerings
~ Tithes and uses of
~ Will not forsake the house of God – the assembly of themselves as well as upkeep of temple
After neglecting the Lord and His Word, they were now ready to obey and “do the right thing”.
At one time or another we all have neglected the Word. We neglect it by being “too busy”. We neglect it by not doing what it says or doing it half heartedly. Spend time reading God’s Word, not reading what people say about God’s Word.
Make a commitment today to spend time with the Lord in His word.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3
I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word. Psalm 119:16
Have a blessed day,