This Sunday we come to the end of our REBOOT JOURNEY in Nehemiah! Part of me wishes that Nehemiah 13 wasn’t part of the story. At the end of Chapter 12 everything was going great and Nehemiah went back to Persia. He had served in Jerusalem for twelve years. He dealt with the enemies, organized the people, rebuilt the wall, set up the infrastructure for the repopulated city and led a GREAT CELEBRATION OF DEDICATION! When the mission was accomplished he returned as a senior advisor to the king of Persia. We don’t know how long he stayed but it was probably several years.
When he retired from his government job in Persia, he returned to Jerusalem. Nehemiah 13 records what he discovered when he returned. What did he find? He found that the people were no longer….
- Standing under and submitting to the Word of God.
- Observing the Sabbath.
- Separating themselves so they could be a light to the nations.
- Offering their first fruits and tithes to the house of God
As we gather this Christ the King Sunday let us pray that we will join Nehemiah in his threefold prayer; 13:4 – ‘Remember me, O my God’; 13:22 – ‘Remember this also in my favor, O my God’; and 13:31 – ‘Remember me, O my God..’
May the Holy Spirit fall upon us as we celebrate the INSTALLATION OF RYAN BRALEY as Central’s new Associate Pastor!