This Might Get A Bit Wet

“Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still”

-Exodus 14:13-14

There was a month or two there where I’d totally forgotten I had a blog. No matter, I’m back and I’ve totally lost my train of thought from the last time so I’m going to yap on about something completely different. Well, not all that different actually. It’s all about God’s love and such things. Continue reading

Fresh, iii – Another Realisation or Two

Well I’ve dragged this epic saga out for long enough so I’ll come to a conclusion by addressing the last two realisations I believe the Israelites made regarding God’s power and His call to us, realisations we would do well to make ourselves. First is the need to recognise that each and every one of us has a role within God’s church and the Christian community, in accordance to the specific spiritual gifts we possess. The most obvious in Nehemiah 8 is the talent of biblical understanding, to be able to extract the underlying message from the book’s God-breathed word as I discussed previously. The way in which the writer lists a fair few of the people who help the crowd in their understanding is one way this is shown. Ezra’s oratory skills and his power of clear speech file under this category, especially where his voice was close to being the only means by which everybody gathered could hear the word of God. He did so with humility, keeping the focus and the importance on God and not himself. Continue reading

Fresh, iii – And Another Thing…

In the second of three thrilling blogs considering the certain realisations made about God by the Israelites in Nehemiah 8, I shall now briefly turn my thinking powers to the way they responded to hearing God’s word and what we can learn from their actions. The most obvious reaction displayed is as described in v6:

‘all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.’ Continue reading

Fresh, iii – A Realisation

Remember that Biblefresh thingy I was talking about two or so posts back? There was a sermon in my church not too long ago where the subject was the very same initiative and Nehemiah was referenced to sort of convey what its purpose was. I can’t really remember anything much that was said about the passage (chapter 8 up until somewhere in the region of verse 12) on that occasion. One word does stick out though, probably because it’s written all over the relevant page of my bible. And that word is realisation. Consequently I went and identified four different types of realisation made, all pertaining to the joy that is to be found in God’s law and in his person. So here are my findings upon studying the aforementioned segment with that word in mind. Continue reading