MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Whom Shall We Fear?

May 27th, 2015 Viewed 1311 times

deep-blue-shadow-or-false-angel.jpg Every time a member of the angelic host arrived on the scene in the Old or New Testaments, one of the first things that they said was that the person should not be afraid.  The Bible is pretty clear, believers in Christ really have nothing to fear– Paul states that to live is Christ and to die is gain.

The only thing that we’re instructed to fear is God.

That is the life that Nehemiah was living in the second chapter, as he is asked by the king what he desires:

A Heart Moved By The Things Of God

May 14th, 2015 Viewed 1625 times
English: Greek Orthodox Icon of Nehemiah, moun...

English: Greek Orthodox Icon of Nehemiah, mounted on solid wood. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Nehemiah has spent most of the first chapter in prayer over Jerusalem.  We see the weight of the situation on his heart, and we know that he had an office where he would have influence with the king, and so one could have expected that the next thing we’d read would be Nehemiah approaching the King asking for something to be done.  Instead, we find something different:

In the month of Nisan, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was before him, I took up the wine and gave it to the king. Now I had not been sad in his presence. And the king said to me, “Why is your face sad, seeing you are not sick? This is nothing but sadness of the heart.” Then I was very much afraid. I said to the king, “Let the king live forever! Why should not my face be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ graves, lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?” Then the king said to me, “What are you requesting?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. – Nehemiah 2:1-4

Uniquely Positioned

April 14th, 2015 Viewed 1207 times

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At the close of chapter 1, as almost a postscript, Nehemiah tells us his position, and almost foreshadows what he is about to do:

Now I was cupbearer to the king. – Nehemiah 1:11b

And here we see part of the reason behind Nehemiah’s prayers—now that he knows the plight of Jerusalem, and he is in a position to do something about it.

Do You Care For Other Believers?

April 1st, 2015 Viewed 1553 times, 1 so far today

The book of Nehemiah is one of my favorites.  Here we have a man who was not a prophet, priest, or king, but was a lay worker– a food tester for a king.  This man had risen through the ranks, being part of an occupied people, and he was in a position of importance because he held the king’s life in his hands.

As we journey through this book together, think about his perspective and let’s ask some of the questions that he asked and think through what he thought

No Local Census?

December 28th, 2004 Viewed 1438 times

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Summary: Meacham starts out by saying that Luke has a problem in getting Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem since he has them living in Nazareth, so Luke apparently grabs at history to select an event– a census– to get Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. Meacham quotes Brown who claims that Luke’s history is “dubious on almost every score.” Meacham claims there was no global or local census.

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.