Friday, September 24
Details, Details, Details
Nehemiah 7:5-73 Then my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles and the officials and the people to be enrolled by genealogy. And I found the book of the genealogy of those who came up at the first, and I found written in it...
think about it.
This is a genealogical record of the exiles who returned to Jerusalem; why do you think this was important? What legacy of faith did you receive or plan to pass on?
Passages that consist of genealogies or are filled with lists of names and numbers are hard to read. The temptation is to skim over these verses or just skip them altogether. And I used to do that pretty consistently. But at some point it dawned on me that this information must be something I need to know, that I can draw on, or God wouldn't have included in the Bible. So now when I come to one of these passages I make myself slow down and then I read all the names by sounding them out phonetically (I actually find this kind of fun). That helps me to not skim or pass over any information. It also helps me think about and process what I'm reading and its importance to God and to me.
So I'm curious to hear your thoughts on the importance of Nehemiah 7:5-73? What can we take away from this passage in addition to the names and numbers of those who returned to Jerusalem? Tami W.
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