Friday, June 21, 2024

June 21, 2024

The Israelites that came out of the captivity committed to following God’s law by renewing their covenant with Him, and the princes, Levites, and priests sealed it. The Bible lists the names of those who signed it. Notably, Ezra’s name was missing. He was there, so I’m sure there was a valid reason, but it’s not mentioned. They also added other commitments, including not marrying their sons or daughters to the people of the land, taking them for spouses, and not buying food from vendors on the Sabbath. Those two sins caused them the most trouble. It was like starting a new church; all the essential issues had to be addressed, and the daily provisions had to be in place, including the tithe, the sacrifices, the wood for the fire on the altar, and all the other necessities for the temple to work correctly. 

The people were obligated to pour their tithes and offerings into the temple like we are to our own church. Not only the tithes and offerings, but we must commit to doing our part to help wherever necessary. It’s better to have too much help than not enough. Your preacher cannot do everything. Help him out by volunteering for weekly duties or special assignments. We all need to pitch in to help facilitate the great commission. For that reason, God gave you unique gifts and talents; make sure you use them for kingdom work.

For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers, where are the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not forsake the house of our God. Nehemiah 10:39

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