Their treaty covered their marriages(v30),their business(v31), their earnings and tithing(v32-33) , the priests give their word to bring wood for the altar of the Lord(v34), their firstfruits(v35-37) above all they end their treaty with God with this line "We will not neglect the house of our God." in v39 of Nehemiah 10.
Lessons from Nehemiah 10
- Never too late to turn around and change your future-More than once, the Word of God gives examples from the lives of people who didn't look back when they turned to God and their future never became like their past.God has already laid down a law and it works exactly as it was supposed to work for blessings as well as for curse to them who will submit themselves to obey and be blessed or disobey and remain in slavery. Its upto us to choose and live blessed.
- Cover all bases of life with God's power-The Israelites signed the treaty before God to follow His Law regarding all aspects of their life, marriage, business, firstfruits. For us, through Jesus Christ our Lord God's power is needed deeper than just our physical life. We need to over all bases of life in spiritual matters too. Where do we choose to let our mind wander too or find union with, what idea, what philosophy, what thought do we choose to unite with. What first thought do we choose to have when we wake up first thing in the morning.
- Not neglect the house of the Lord-For the Israelites it meant to take care of the temple of Jerusalem, for us "1 Corinthians 6:19 "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;" So have we neglected in caring for the house which God's Spirit dwells in. Have we fed our spirit with the Word of God to nourish?
Conclusion-I read further through the book of Nehemiah and was sad to find, that in spite of all that they wrote and did when they read the Book of Law, the chiefs and nobles of the Israelites did wrong and forgot so soon that they made a written promise to God. Man is so fickle minded and lives in what they see now, makes decisions on what is seen now, while God is waiting to show man what more God and man as a team can do to change the world. Our Lord Jesus the perfect example of One who lived out the Law of God not only to the fullest but to the deepest touching the soul of the Law, the origins of it from God's heart. We see the impact of such a living in this world even now. History was divided because of Jesus our Lord, (BC and AD), lives are changed because of Him even now, miracles are seen even now because of the power of those who chose to believe Lord Jesus and His Words and abide in Him. This kind of life changes lives not only in the now but in the ages to come too.