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August 11, 2017

At the close of chapter nine, the Israelites renewed their commitment to obey God’s covenant, and now chapter ten reveals the terms of the covenant and those that sealed it.

The leaders that sealed the covenant were: Nehemiah, Zidkyah his secretary, twenty-one priest, seventeen heads of Levitical households, forty-four heads of leading families and the rest of the people who were not named.

The terms of the covenant stated they agreed to keep the laws given to Moses by God, they would abstain from intermarriage with Gentiles, they would keep the Sabbath day and Sabbatical year obeying the restrictions set forth for that day and year, they would give offerings (wood, firstfruits, firstborn) to the temple for its maintenance, they would give tithes and offerings to the priest and Levites, and lastly they would not forsake the house of their God.

The gleaning points that I received from this chapter are:

  1. Leaders lead; they are to be the first partakers.
  2. True knowledge and understanding promote action.
  3. People should act according to their knowledge and understanding.
  4. Loyal followers will follow leadership.
  5. Believers are in this world but not of this world; there must be a separation.
  6. Believers are to support the work of the ministry.
  7. After all, is said and done, don’t forsake the house of our God.


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