Today’s (Sa 05/08/2017) FDR is Nehemiah 1 and Matthew 18:10-20
Beginning a new book today we can take a brief but broad view of what we are about to read for the next few weeks.
Nehemiah is a book largely about renewal, in this case principally about the wall for the defence of Jerusalem. The wall that is used to control and regulate the way of life inside the city by the use of its gates in accordance with ritual and commercial processes inside the city.
For us though, there is a strong reason to see this account as a broad euphemism for our own renewal and protection against being drawn into sin and keeping our walk with God righteous. The image of the wall and the struggles of Nehemiah to establish a rebuilding operation are much like our own struggles to keep evil out of our lives and to walk in the paths of our God. So too its possible to see in this record’s course our own use of defences and primarily the acts of relying on God for both guidance and sustenance for the whole journey. For example, the acts of adding weapons to the work parties on the walls mimics our need and adoption of prayer, in faith, and actions that seek to keep us from falling into sin. Yet there are plenty of distractions in our lives to sin and so too Nehemiah and the people are constantly buffeted by opponents.
Enjoy Nehemiah and encourage each other in our own lives before God and each other.