Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Populating Jerusalem

[1] And the rulers of the people dwelt at Jerusalem: the rest of the people also cast lots, to bring one of ten to dwell in Jerusalem the holy city, and nine parts to dwell in other cities. [2] And the people blessed all the men, that willingly offered themselves to dwell at Jerusalem. …36 And of the Levites were divisions in Judah, and in Benjamin. Nehemiah 11

Before Nehemiah came to rebuild the wall of the city, Jerusalem was barren and desolate. The walls are now built; the people have heard and obeyed the Word. A covenant between God and His people is made and signed.

Nehemiah now needs to fill the city with people. People were living there but certainly not enough to protect the city. Basically it was a resettlement of the people. Lots were drawn and one out of every ten (10%) was chosen to stay in Jerusalem.

Not all the people were chosen by lot some willingly offered to live in Jerusalem. The rest of the chapter lists the rulers, priests, Levites, people and mighty men of valor who resided in Jerusalem.

The people who lived in Jerusalem at this time were willing to “leave their comfort zone.” The city needed protection, commerce and religious instruction. I see them as pioneers, willing to do whatever needed to be done.

It is always easy to “live in our comfort zone.” We are comfortable in our homes or neighborhoods, jobs, churches etc, but what if the Lord wants you to do something else. Would you be willing to take a step or two or three out of your comfort zone? Would you be willing to say with Isaiah, “here am I, send me.” Isaiah 6:8

Have a blessed day,

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