yesterday’s chapters in Nehemiah, we heard the names of the various
religious and civil leaders who signed the statement of commitment
to follow Moses’ Law, which was almost certainly penned by Ezra.
Then there was a listing of the various leaders and clans that
volunteered or were chosen by lot to live in Jerusalem.
12:26 These people
lived during the time of Joiakim, the son of Joshua and grandson of
Jehozadak, and [during my time as//the time of Nehemiah the]
governor, and the time of Ezra, the priest who was a scholar of the
always very disappointed with Hezekiah when he does not pray and
ask the Lord to not allow Jerusalem to be conquered by Babylon and
not to allow his sons to become eunuchs in Babylon’s palace. God
had already responded amazingly to him in answering his prayers.
The New Testament teaches us to be alert in prayer, and I think
that includes being alert to what to pray for.
Today we start the glorious
final section of Isaiah, with favorite words set to music in
resurrection to a new life because of being one with Christ, is not
just being raised from death to live again on this earth. We get
raised right to heaven. Our true spiritual life is found in our
unity with Christ who is in heaven at God’s side. Literally Paul
expressed this as ‘your life is hidden with Christ in (unity with)
God’. The picture continues with our bodies and evil desires being
pictured like clothes. We put off the old life like old clothes and
put on the new life like new clothes.
Yesterday’s chapter ended with
instructions for wives, husbands, children, fathers, and slaves.
Today’s chapter continues with the instruction to
12 Greetings from
Epaphras, another member of your group and a servant of Christ
Jesus. He always prays fervently for you, asking God to make you
stand firm, as mature and fully convinced [believers//Christians],
in complete obedience to God's will.