December 25, Reading 1 – Nehemiah 13

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SAA Notes

Verses 14,22,31 capture the reason for the season, as they say: Remember me, O my God! Hallelujah! He has remembered us.

SJA Notes

There’s a lot to wrestle with in this passage.

Nehemiah’s repeating (as previous) cries for the Lord to both remember his work / what he has done, and to remember what the enemies of God have done.

There’s the fierceness from Nehemiah in protecting both the Sabbath and the nature of marriage for Israel.

Nehemiah wasn’t afraid of a little fisticuffs it seems, he got stuck in!

On one hand, it seems like Nehemiah is a zealot, passion and violence mixed in with fervour.

Jesus took these understandings and made them deeper. We know this, we’ve seen this throughout our readings of this first half of the OT.

Jesus gives us a deeper knowledge, the reality of the shadow that we read of here.

So it’s good to check on our own zealousness for the Lord. Are we zealous (but not zealots) for the things of the Lord?

And bound up in that is the THRILL OF HOPE that we remember at Christmas time.

Not to be zealots only knowing the letter of the law, without compassion.

Instead to be so overwhelmed with the hope of what Jesus brought, and what He brings today, that we cannot but reflect Him, point to Him, tell people about Him, do what He tells us – The thrill of hope for a broken world!

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