Thursday, September 8, 2011

First Fruits or Just Leftovers?

Listen to me and make up your minds to honor my name," says the LORD of Heaven's Armies.  
Malachi 2:2a

Nehemiah served as governor of Judah for 12 years.  During that time, the wall was rebuilt around Jerusalem, and the city was repopulated.  The priests and Levites all performed their duties; the singers and gatekeepers were always on duty.  Sacrifices were made at their appointed times and the people honored and obeyed the LORD.  

Then Nehemiah left Judah.

And the people started conducting business on the Sabbath.  A room was cleared out of the Temple and given to a foreigner, an enemy of Jerusalem.  The people neglected to provide the prescribed portions of food for the Levites, so the Levites and singers all returned to work their fields.  Sacrifices were still made, but the animals offered were diseased and maimed. 

Why the change?
Because the people were following a man and not God.

They had not determined in their hearts to follow God.

While Nehemiah was serving as governor he never acquired any land nor took the allotted food provision provided for the governor.  He and his official performed the work on Jerusalem's wall along with the rest of the people.  Nehemiah loved God and relied on the Lord to be his portion.  He didn't lay a burden on the people that he wasn't willing to carry himself. 

What about you - have you made up your mind to follow God?  

Just something to think about.

Many blessings,

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  1. "Nehemiah loved God and relied on the Lord to be his portion." Lord I need you to be my portion... a buffet style portion! Great encouragement for today girl!

  2. When I was reading your post I thought that when we aren't following God will all our hearts it's like we are offering up diseased animals for a sacrifice. He would rather have obedience than sacrifice, and I'm sitting here thinking about areas I haven't obeyed Him fully.

  3. How often do we fail to provide the first fruits? Every Sunday, it's apparent. Humans these days tend to follow their wallets. I hope that my offerings are suitable to GOD.

  4. Thank you for this Bible-study!

  5. Beautiful reminder! May we always follow Him and offer Him our best.

  6. Beautiful reminder! May we always follow Him and offer Him our best. Thank you for this blessing today.

  7. I love reading daily I truly learn so much in my personal bible study with you! I must work harder to obey and offer him my best because on days like today I know I can do and be better and so does he!

  8. Excellent point Lisa. We need to keep our sights on following God, not on relying on others for guidance.

    Great post!

    Have a Blessed Day!

  9. Great reminder and story. I hadn't thought of it that way.