Brick Upon Brick
"We will not neglect the house of God" Nehemiah 10:39
I am amazed it is almost Spring! We started our study October 1st and now we only have one more lesson to complete. It once again has been a great exercise for me to do the study during the week.. but sitting down and recaping what we covered stretches me. I always say "ahh I have to get my Nehemiah blog done!" But I am so blessed after I start typing... God is so faithful to meet us in His word. Just going back over a study can be refreshing!
Nehemiah 10 begins with the Renewing of the Covenant. Our study pointed out (I did not count!) eighty-four signatures were placed on an agreement, as "their declaration to live to please God no matter how the rest of the world reacted."(Day 1) "... All those who had separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to the Law of God, their wives, their sons and their daughters, everyone who had knowledge and understanding...to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord." (vs 28, 29) They made a solemn oath to follow the Law, made oaths to not intermarry with heathens, and designed a new tax for the sanctuary. Also, ordinances to bring the firstfruits of ground, fruit, firstborn, cattle, dough, offerings, trees, new wine, oil, and tithe to the house of God.
We did not get through the entire study (as usual!) but God truly does guide our discussion. We focused mainly on Day 2, studying more in-depth on the word "neglect". In Hebrew, azab means to forsake, leave behind or loosen. Quoted from our study (bold added).... "Entering into a new covenant with Him meant not only renewing their commitment, but also re instituting His priorities. The very first principle addressed in the new covenant agreement emphasized the importance of marriage and home, indicating that this aspect of life had to have a high level of priority; it was not to be treated lightly. Likewise, the ending principle of the agreement had to do with the promise not to neglect the house of God.
Would you say that your home and family are among your top priorities? What about investment of time, energy and resources?... Will you hold a high standard of responsibility in your home? Are there areas that you have neglected? Will you set the example in your home and work toward making changes?"
All of us that were meeting are home educators/stay at home moms, so we had plenty to say upon the subject! :) It is a blessing to talk about were we struggle, we we can grow... and relate relate relate with each other. It was not a boasting session at all. It is evident we all need help with everyone of those questions. We must strive to instill biblical foundations in the home! It is so easy in our exhaustion or even laziness, not to spend time reading and discussing the word of God with our children. We get so caught up in the todo's!
Recently I was super blessed by simple outline for parenting I read. I was pointed out (bold print) according to Ephesians 5:15-21:
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,
16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Watch Your Walk (more is caught than taught!)
17 Therefore do not be foolish, Be Good Steward of Your Time (they are only with us for a short while)but understand what the Lord’s will is. Understand Gods Will (our children belong to Him!).
18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit ..Constantly Yeild to Gods Spirit (Amen!?),
19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,
20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Worship and pray together (in daily life and crisis!)
21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Order Your Relationships by the Book (if we husband/wife are not submitting to one another our home will be in disarray.. thus we want to set a good example for what our children want their own marriage to look like)
Well.. we only have two chapters left in Nehemiah. And the last chapter is a REAL eye opener because the house of God does become neglected! It is so sad! I would love to share more, but my fingers cannot type any faster. Dinner waiting to be made, the girls want me to see a playdough house the crafted and baby is starting to cry....
|Part of The Wall still standing today.|
For if a man know not how to rule his own house,
how shall he take care of the church of God? 1 Timothy 3:5