So I was going to start reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelation again. Over the course of the years, I’ve read it but not always in the order of the books. Anyway, I got side tracked and read Habakkuk and was going to do a post on that but then was lead to read Nehemiah. After Nehemiah I was, once again, going to go back to Habakkuk but ended up in Ezra.
Ezra and Nehemiah were once one book but a monk named Jerome separated them into two books in around 300-something A.D. (I read a long time ago that Jerome also was the one that chose which books would comprise the gospels out of the pile of variations he dealt with and he burned the rest! I guess so as to prevent other versions from appearing later as the “missing gospel of Mary Magdeline”, although one did appear out of no where. I would give no credence to such rubbish.)
Nehemiah was responsible for rebuilding the wall in Jerusalem and the workers had to do it with a sword in one hand because of the opposition. We cannot begin to grasp what it was like for the people of that time and how they persevered in the face of adversity. But Ezra, which is the book before Nehemiah deals with the building of the temple which was funded by a pagan King Cyrus. God can use whoever He pleases to get things done. Several other prophets all lived during the same time as Ezra and Nehemiah, such as Jeremiah and later, Esther. I began taking notes in my Bible notebook that I use on Sundays to take notes in so I could remember the highlights of each book as I read them. Writing things down also helps one to remember.
Back to Nehemiah. First of all Israel was in captivity for once again being disobedient to God. They were constantly sinning and thumbing their nose at God who had provided for them and cared for them. Contrary to the popular lie of the atheists, the God of the Old Testament is just as loving as the God, Jesus, of the New Testament because they are one and the same God. He constantly was pleading with Israel not to go down the dark road but they never wanted to listen. Mankind has not changed since day one. Still wants to do everything his own way and thousands of years of history prove that man’s way is disastrous and leads to misery. But man and his Luciferan pride still will insist he has found some new way, some new revelation, some new crock of crap that he thinks will propel him into a new “consciousness”.
Nehemiah found the books of the law. The books of Moses and they were read aloud to the people from sunrise to noon. There were a lot of cries as well as a lot of cheers which could be heard in other towns. God did not want His people to intermarry with other people because He knew that they would be drawn away to pagan gods. Nehemiah beat the men who allowed their sons and daughters to be married off to foreigners. You might think that is harsh but God wanted His people to remain His people. The unconverted mind does not understand that and thinks God is harsh but God is merely trying to save them from being swayed by demons; the very demons that were once angels that He threw out of Heaven.
It was a different world back then because humans were heavily involved with their gods and there was the one true God, who they did fear. Today man’s other gods are himself, money, power, lust and a host of other things that are not always represented by a statue or monument.
I read in the book, Fervent, by Priscilla Shirer, that when a prophet of God would appear it was a sign that God was there, too. The people knew they could go to the prophet for a Word from God. So the prophet would go to the Logos (the Word), because no one saw the Father as Jesus told us, to get instruction. The Logos, as stated in John 1:1 was Jesus Christ. The prophet would then tell the people what God said. In effect, the prophet was the Word’s spokesman. Like the Logos’ logos. I think it was pretty exciting to actually hear God speak and, in some cases, to see Him. Now we have to wait till He returns for all that but He does speak to us through the Bible and also in our minds and hearts. I know when I am hearing from Him.
Okay this is getting long and I’ll cut it short here and continue on with another post on another book or whatever Jesus wants me to write about.
God bless you all.