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The Word: Episode 1309 Psalm 119:57-60

“Appalled”

June 3, 2020

“Appalled”

Blessings folk!

Daniel 9 - a great prayer of confession and repentance before the Lord.
Nehemiah 9 - a great prayer of confession, recounting the acts of God and declaration of repentance.

Now, another.

Ezra 9

We are jumping in the middle of the context, but this is enough to set the scene…

Ezra 9:1-4

Now when these things had been completed, the princes approached me, saying,
“The people of Israel and the priests and the Levites have not separated themselves from the peoples of the lands, according to their abominations, those of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians and the Amorites.

“For they have taken some of their daughters as wives for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy race (seed) has intermingled with the peoples of the lands;
indeed, the hands of the princes and the rulers have been foremost in this unfaithfulness.”

When I heard about this matter, I tore my garment and my robe,
and pulled some of the hair from my head and my beard, and sat down appalled.

Then everyone who trembled at the words of the God of Israel on account of the unfaithfulness of the exiles gathered to me, and I sat appalled until the evening offering.

The people had sinned.
They had not separated themselves from the people of the land, especially related to marriage.
They had intermarried.
The Lord had told them not to.
They had also adopted practices of the people of the land.
The Lord had told them not to.

The princes and rulers…political and religious…had led in the sin.

Ezra had now learned.

His response?
Tore his garment.
Tore his robe.
Pulled some hair from his head.
Pulled some hair from his beard.
Sat down appalled.

What did the people do?
Some trembled at the words of the God of Israel because they were unfaithful.
Note who.
Everyone who trembled.
Not all trembled.
The “tremblers” gathered with Ezra.
He sat appalled until the evening offering.

Are you appalled at the state of the professing church?

We might rightly be appalled at the state of the world, but the world will be the world.

We should be appalled of “the church”.

…to be continued…

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The Word:Episode 1308 Psalm 119:49-56

“Neglect Not the House of God"

June 2, 2020

“Neglect Not the House of God"

Blessings folk!

The people had agreed, in writing, before the Lord.

They repented.
They then did deeds…they did what the Lord had instructed them to do.

Let’s read the balance of the aftermath of the prayer.

May we do what the Lord leads us in…

Neh 10:28-39

Now the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the temple servants and all those who had separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to the law of God, their wives, their sons and their daughters,
all those who had knowledge and understanding,

are joining with their kinsmen, their nobles, and are taking on themselves a curse and an oath to walk in God’s law, which was given through Moses, God’s servant, and to keep and to observe all the commandments of GOD our Lord, and His ordinances and His statutes;

and that we will not give our daughters to the peoples of the land
or take their daughters for our sons.

As for the peoples of the land who bring wares or any grain on the sabbath day to sell, we will not buy from them on the sabbath or a holy day;
and we will forego the crops the seventh year and the exaction of every debt.

We also placed ourselves under obligation to contribute yearly one third of a shekel for the service of the house of our God:

for the showbread, for the continual grain offering, for the continual burnt offering, the sabbaths, the new moon, for the appointed times, for the holy things and for the sin offerings to make atonement for Israel, and all the work of the house of our God.

Likewise we cast lots for the supply of wood among the priests, the Levites and the people so that they might bring it to the house of our God, according to our fathers’ households, at fixed times annually, to burn on the altar of the LORD our God, as it is written in the law;

and that they might bring the first fruits of our ground and the first fruits of all the fruit of every tree to the house of the LORD annually,

and bring to the house of our God the firstborn of our sons and of our cattle, and the firstborn of our herds and our flocks as it is written in the law, for the priests who are ministering in the house of our God.

We will also bring the first of our dough, our contributions, the fruit of every tree, the new wine and the oil to the priests at the chambers of the house of our God, and the tithe of our ground to the Levites, for the Levites are they who receive the tithes in all the rural towns.

The priest, the son of Aaron, shall be with the Levites when the Levites receive tithes, and the Levites shall bring up the tenth of the tithes to the house of our God,
to the chambers of the storehouse.

For the sons of Israel and the sons of Levi shall bring the contribution of the grain, the new wine and the oil to the chambers; there are the utensils of the sanctuary, the priests who are ministering, the gatekeepers and the singers. Thus we will not neglect the house of our God.


Neglect not the “house of God”.
His Body.

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The Word: Episode 1307 Psalm 119:46-48

June 1, 2020

“A Curse And An Oath”

Blessings folk!

The Levites finished the prayer.

Now, read what happened…

Neh 9:38

“Now because of all this
We are making an agreement in writing;
And on the sealed document are the names of our leaders, our Levites and our priests.”

They had written the prayer as a document.
An agreement in writing.
They sealed the document with their names.
Names of leaders.
Names of Levites.
Names of priests.

They affirmed/confirmed the document by signing their names.
The next twenty-seven verses give us their names.

They were serious.
It was a serious matter.

Neh 10:28-30

Now the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the temple servants and all those who had separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to the law of God, their wives, their sons and their daughters, all those who had knowledge and understanding,

are joining with their kinsmen, their nobles, and are taking on themselves a curse and an oath to walk in God’s law, which was given through Moses, God’s servant, and to keep and to observe all the commandments of GOD our Lord, and His ordinances and His statutes;

and that we will not give our daughters to the peoples of the land or take their daughters for our sons.

They took on themselves a curse and an oath to walk in God’s law.

They agreed to observe all the commandments of the Lord.
All His ordinances.
All His statutes.

The ones who had knowledge and understanding did this.

What knowledge/understanding do we have?
How do we walk?

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“A Curse And An Oath”

June 1, 2020

“A Curse And An Oath”

Blessings folk!

The Levites finished the prayer.

Now, read what happened…

Neh 9:38

“Now because of all this
We are making an agreement in writing;
And on the sealed document are the names of our leaders, our Levites and our priests.”

They had written the prayer as a document.
An agreement in writing.
They sealed the document with their names.
Names of leaders.
Names of Levites.
Names of priests.

They affirmed/confirmed the document by signing their names.
The next twenty-seven verses give us their names.

They were serious.
It was a serious matter.

Neh 10:28-30

Now the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the temple servants and all those who had separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to the law of God, their wives, their sons and their daughters, all those who had knowledge and understanding,

are joining with their kinsmen, their nobles, and are taking on themselves a curse and an oath to walk in God’s law, which was given through Moses, God’s servant, and to keep and to observe all the commandments of GOD our Lord, and His ordinances and His statutes;

and that we will not give our daughters to the peoples of the land or take their daughters for our sons.

They took on themselves a curse and an oath to walk in God’s law.

They agreed to observe all the commandments of the Lord.
All His ordinances.
All His statutes.

The ones who had knowledge and understanding did this.

What knowledge/understanding do we have?
How do we walk?

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The Word: Episode 1306 Psalm 119:45, Romans 14:13-23

“We Are Slaves…”

May 31, 2020

“We Are Slaves…”

Blessings folk!

The Levites now conclude their prayer unto the Lord.

Read carefully.
Sound familiar?

Neh 9:36-37

“Behold, we are slaves today,
And as to the land which You gave to our fathers to eat of its fruit and its bounty,
Behold, we are slaves in it.

“Its abundant produce is for the kings
Whom You have set over us because of our sins;
They also rule over our bodies
And over our cattle as they please,
So we are in great distress.

They were slaves.
Slaves in the land that was given to their fathers.
They were to eat its fruit and its bounty, yet they were slaves.

Most of us are slaves.
We do not know it.
We think we are free.
We are not.
Politically.
Spiritually.
We believe the lies.
We do not know who we are in the Lord.

The abundant produce of the land was for the kings.
So it is today.

The kings had been set over them because of their sins.
So it is today.

The kings ruled over their bodies.
So it is today.

The kings ruled over the cattle.
So it is today.

The kings did as they please.
So it is today.

They were in great distress.
So it is today.

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