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The Word: Episode 0527 Nehemiah 9:32-38

“You Are the LORD God Who Chose…”

July 20, 2018

“You Are the LORD God Who Chose…”

Blessings folk!

The Levites and people continued their prayer unto the Lord.
They had blessed His glorious name.
They had declared that He Alone was the Lord Who created all things.

Now…

Neh 9:7-8

“You are the LORD God,
Who chose Abram
And brought him out from Ur of the Chaldees,
And gave him the name Abraham.

“You found his heart faithful before You,
And made a covenant with him
To give him the land of the Canaanite,
Of the Hittite and the Amorite,
Of the Perizzite, the Jebusite and the Girgashite—
To give it to his descendants.
And You have fulfilled Your promise,
For You are righteous.

They continued to recount what the Lord had done for them.

They declared that He was the Lord God Who had called their forefather, Abram.
He named Abram Abraham…father of nations.

Abram proved faithful to God.
God called Abram when he was still a sun worshipper.
Abram did not “earn” the calling.
God called/chose because He wanted to.

God made covenant with Abram.
Part of that covenant was land, land upon which the assembly was now standing and praying.
They were the descendants of Abraham.

God had fulfilled His promise.
God was righteous and continued to prove so.

He has not changed today.
He is faithful.
He is just.
He is righteous.

We as true believers can rest in that.
We can rejoice in that.
Regardless of what comes our way…

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The Word: Episode 0526 Nehemiah 9:30-31

“You Alone Are the Lord”

July 19, 2018

“You Alone Are the Lord”

Blessings folk!

The Levites and the people were before the Lord.

They began their petition with blessing the name of the Lord…

Neh 9:5
Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah, said, “Arise, bless the LORD your God forever and ever!
O may Your glorious name be blessed
And exalted above all blessing and praise!

Then, they “go back to the beginning”.
They start with acknowledging that they know that He Alone is God.

Neh 9:6
“You alone are the LORD.
You have made the heavens,
The heaven of heavens with all their host,
The earth and all that is on it,
The seas and all that is in them.
You give life to all of them
And the heavenly host bows down before You.

Look at the truth:

  • The Lord alone is Lord
  • The Lord made the heavens
  • The Lord made the heaven of heavens with all their host
  • The Lord made the earth and all that is on it
  • The Lord made the seas and all that is in them
  • The Lord give live to all
  • The heavenly host bows down before the Lord

Most professing believers would readily acquiesce to these truths.
Yet, most do not truly believe.

Too many “professing believers”…
  • Do not believe that the Lord is Lord alone. They believe there are “many ways to heaven”
  • Do not believe that the Lord created/made the heavens, the earth, the sea and all that is in them. Far too many believe the lies of man.
  • Do not bow before the Lord. They bow before the stratagems and “understanding” of man.

When we come before the Lord…
When we seek the Lord…
When we pray unto the Lord…
We must believe.
We must acknowledge Him as the Lord Most High.
Otherwise, we are simply religious clanging gongs and loud, crashing cymbals.

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The Word: Episode 0525 Nehemiah 9:25-29

“Exalted Above All…”

July 18, 2018

“Exalted Above All…”

Blessings folk!

The sons of Israel were assembled in fasting, sackcloth and dirt on themselves.
They separated themselves from foreigners in the land.
They stood in place while the Law was read for a third of the day.
They confessed and worshipped the Lord for another third of the day.
The Levites led.
Then all broke forth in praise/prayer to the Most High.

Give close heed to all that is said.
It is lengthy…we will take a few days.
It gives us a model whereby to pray in like manner.

Neh 9:5

Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah, said, “Arise, bless the LORD your God forever and ever!
O may Your glorious name be blessed
And exalted above all blessing and praise!

The Levites commanded the people to arise and bless the Lord….the Lord their God…forever and ever.

They were reminded Who God is - their God.
They were reminded that they were to bless Him at all times forever…and ever.

They began by giving blessing and praise to the name of the Lord.

We do well to do likewise.

They bless the glorious name of the Lord.
The “name” of the Lord encompasses all of Who He is…without limit…not giving heed to any particular manifestation or attribute. That is why He called Himself “I AM”.

Exo 3:13-14
Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them,
‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.' Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?' What shall I say to them?”

God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said,
“Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”

They exalted the name of the great I AM
They exalted Him above all blessing and praise.

That is an interesting turn of a phrase - “above all blessing and praise”.

A vivid picture that the Lord is above all.

When we pray/praise we should begin this way.

Exalt His name above all…

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The Word: Episode 0524 Nehemiah 9:22-25

“Assembled, Separated, Standing”

July 17, 2018

“Assembled, Separated, Standing”

Blessings folk!

Let us look at one more prayer presented to the Most High on behalf of a people.

We have looked at Daniel 9 and Ezra 9.

Now, Nehemiah 9.

Remember these.
They all are good examples of prayer on behalf of a nation/people.

Neh 9:1-4

Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the sons of Israel assembled with fasting,
in sackcloth and with dirt upon them.

The descendants of Israel separated themselves from all foreigners,
and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.

While they stood in their place,
they read from the book of the law of the LORD their God for a fourth of the day;
and for another fourth they confessed and worshiped the LORD their God.

Now on the Levites’ platform stood Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani and Chenani, and they cried with a loud voice to the LORD their God.

The sons of Israel adopted a stance of humility…

  • They fasted
  • They were clothed in sackcloth
  • They had dirt on themselves and clothes

They then separated themselves from all foreigners.

They stood and confessed their sins.

They stood and confessed the iniquities of their fathers.

Then, while standing in place, they read/listened from the book of the Law of the Lord for a fourth of a day…three hours. Likely from Deuteronomy.

Then, for another three hours, they confessed and worshiped the Lord their God.

The Levitical leadership were on a platform.
They cried out in a loud voice…

The leadership led, unlike the norm today where leadership demand, dictate and pontificate but rarely lead by example.

The leadership and people humbled themselves before the Lord.

Then, they prayed…

May we approach the Lord in humility.
May we separate ourselves from the world.
May we confess our sins.
May we be immersed in the Word and Spirit.
May we lead by example.

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John Part 3 - Lesson 7

John Part 3 - Lesson 7