Today and Nehemiah 6

My husband is on a mission trip in Devon and as usual on these occasions he rings to say goodnight.  As we do, we prayed about the next day of his mission and he said, ‘If God gives you a word let me know.’ 
‘I will,’ I replied,  ‘God’s asked me to read Nehemiah so we’ll see!’ 
I like to read different translations and picked the new living translation. When I got to chapter 6 God had my entire attention as it says in v 15, ‘ So on October 2 the wall was finished.’
Seriously how often have you read scripture and seen the exact date of that day?  In another translation the verse reads,’So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of the month Elul’ the difference is the calendars used.  Elul is from the Hebrew calendar where we use the Gregorian calendar but it’s the same day.
I knew Alan hadn’t finished his walk so the work was not completed and this was true for Nehemiah too. He had been faithful in the first part of his journey by completing the building of the walls speedily but now sought God for the next step. Reading on we see what Nehemiah did next.  The people who had left Judah because they city was without walls and being plundered had scattered in exile or captive else where. Nehemiah felt God tell him to gather them again and invite them ‘home’ Chapter 7 reads

“then my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles, the officials and the people to be enrolled by genealogies.  These are the people of the province who came up from the captivity of the exiles “

Nehemiah gathered people and brought them home then later they meet in the market place and  Ezra declared God’s word and people responded, shouting ‘Amen’ as we read in chapter 8.

So today Alan walks on in Devon with his friend Bob carrying the 12 foot cross. They will be declaring God’s word visibly and speaking to people.  2460 years ago Nehemiah was about God’s business and establishing a dwelling place for him to gather people together.  When Jesus came He was all about His father’s business. In John 14 he says,‘I will not leave you as orphans but will come and make my home with you.’ Revelations tells us ‘the dwelling place of God is with Man.’  We think of the parable of the prodigal son where the father was eagerly waiting for his child to return home so a celebration could take place.  God wants to bring people ‘home’ to himself.

So 2460 years ago Nehemiah heard God say invite my people home from the captivity of exile. Jesus declared in Luke 4 that

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favour has come.’ 
The Spirit of God is still on this mission today to release people from captivity and bring them home. We are excited to see what God will do and expect in faith that many will respond by saying ‘Amen let it be so we agree and Yes to Jesus.’
I wrote about God repositioning people so that they could be a release for His kingdom in a new season in another blog this week. Here is another example of God doing it again. He repositioned people in Judah having released them from exile so that He could release His kingdom and change the community. It’s the dawn of a new day and a fresh start. We are expectant that God is going to do that TODAY.
As Alan and Bob walk and share the gospel today people are going to be repositioned inside the kingdom of God. They will come home to the Father by a relationship with Jesus.
When Nehemiah started building the walls the first thing he built was the sheep gate and again this is significant. . The spiritual meaning of the Sheep Gate is that the high priest brought lambs and sheep into to the temple and they were offered as a sacrifice. Jesus is the High Priest of  the New Covenant,  He is is the Lamb, who was offered for our sake. He is the door way in.  Jesus said  
I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.…’ ( John 10)
So be encouraged, it’s time to invite people to come ‘home’ and have that abundant Life through Jesus.


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