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The walls dedicated to God
Bible Passage Nehemiah 12: 27- 47
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2024 & book Nehemiah.

The walls dedicated to God

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached March 14, 2024

SCRIPTURE 📖
27 At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, they invited the descendants of Levi to come from wherever they lived to Jerusalem so they could celebrate the dedication with joy, thanksgiving, and songs, accompanied by cymbals, lyres, and harps.

28 So the descendants of the singers gathered themselves together from the region surrounding Jerusalem, from the villages of Netophathi,

29 from Beth-gilgal, and from the area of Geba and Azmaveth, because the singers had built villages for themselves in the vicinity of Jerusalem.

30 The priests and the descendants of Levi purified themselves, and also purified the people, the gates, and the wall.

The Procession on the Wall
31 Then I brought up the leaders of Judah to the crest of the wall, and appointed two large thanksgiving choirs, the first of which proceeded on the wall to the right toward the Dung Gate.

32 Following them were Hoshaiah and half of the leaders of Judah,

33 including Azariah, Ezra, Meshullam,

34 Judah, Benjamin, Shemaiah, and Jeremiah.

35 Some of the priests’ sonst were trumpeters, including Zechariah son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph,

36 with his associates Shemaiah, Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, Judah, and Hanani, accompanied by the musical instruments of David, the man of God. Ezra the scribe led the procession.

37 At the Fountain Gate, which stood opposite them, they ascended the stairs of the City of David where the wall rose above the house of David east of the Water Gate.

38 The second thanksgiving choir approached opposite them, and I followed them. Half of the people stood on the crest of the wall from beyond the Tower of the Ovens to the Broad Wall,

39 and from above the Ephraim Gate, above the Fish Gate, the Tower of Hananel and the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Sheep Gate. They stopped at the Guard Gate.

40 Then the two choirs assembled in the Temple of God, as did I, along with half of the officials who accompanied me,

41 and the priests Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Micaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, Hananiaht with trumpeters

42 Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Malchijah, Elam, and Ezer. And the singers made their presence known, with Jezrahiah to lead them.

43 That day they offered a large number of sacrifices, and they rejoiced, because God had caused them to rejoice enthusiastically. Their wives and children rejoiced, so that Jerusalem’s joy was heard from a long distance.

44 Also at that time men were appointed over the storerooms for the contributions, for the first fruits, and for the tithes, so those portions required by the Law could be gathered from the fields adjacent to the towns to benefit the priests and descendants of Levi, for the people of Judah rejoiced over the priests and the descendants of Levi who were serving.

45 They carried out their service obligations to their God and their service obligations of purification according to what David and his son Solomon had commanded.

46 For in David’s lifetime—and in the lifetime of Asaph, choir master of old—there were songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.

47 All Israel in the time of Zerubbabel and in the time of Nehemiah gave allotments to each of the singers and gate keepers on a daily basis, setting them apart to benefit the descendants of Levi. And the descendants of Levi set them apart to benefit the descendants of Aaron.

BACKGROUND ✝
In today’s text, the story of the Jerusalem wall continues from where it left off in Chapter 10:39. After the reading of the law, the celebration of the Festival of Tabernacles, and the people’s oath of loyalty to the covenant, the wall was dedicated. Priests, Levites, singers, musicians, and leading citizens joined in the ceremony (verses 27-30). The people were happy because they had built the walls of Jerusalem again. They knew that God had helped them so they wanted to thank God for His help. The job of the Levites was to lead the people when they praised God. So the people gathered the Levites and the singers from all the other towns.

Before the people had started to build, their enemies had laughed at them. The enemies of the Jews did not want the people to build the walls again. Tobiah had even said that a fox would be able to knock the walls down. Now the walls were so wide and strong that the people could march on them.

The people assembled at a point beside the wall on one side of the city. They then divided into two groups and set off marching in opposite directions around the wall. One group was led by Ezra (verses 31-37), the other by Nehemiah (verses 38-39).

The two groups met on the opposite side of the city at the temple, where they joined in offering sacrifices and praising God with much rejoicing (verses 40-43).

Officials were then appointed to oversee the collection and distribution of money and supplies that the people brought to the temple. All Israelites gave one-tenth of their income to this central fund.

Although the people were having a happy time they had to think about the future of the nation. They had promised to give one-tenth (1/10th) of their crops to the priests and the Levites. Then the priests and the Levites could serve God and they could take care of the temple all the time. The people had promised that they would not neglect the house of God (Nehemiah 10:32-39).

Now the people made arrangements for the tithes. They appointed people to collect the tithes and to put them in special rooms in the temple. These men would look after these special rooms. The people gave their tithes because God’s law ordered them to do so. But they also gave these gifts to the priests and the Levites. They did this because they were pleased with the work of the priests and the Levites. They also gave gifts to the other men who served. They gave gifts to the singers and to those who guarded the gates of the city and the temple.

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 We must acknowledge God and His supplies at all times of our lives

🔷 We must support God’s work and His workers

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Thank God for your life
💥 Pray you can support the work of God

CONCLUSION📙
We must acknowledge that everything we have is from God. God is the supplier of all our needs. Once we do this, we can dedicate all that we have to God.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections