Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Neh. 11-12; 1 Chr. 9:1-34

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Nehemiah Chapter Eleven

  1. Chapters 11-13 describe the circumstances within Israel after the completion of Jerusalem’s walls.
  2. Jerusalem was under-populated, so a tithe of all the Jews in the land was designated for the building up of the holy city (Neh. 11:1-2).
  3. Although individual believers and certain families may represent other Tribes after the captivity (Lk. 2:36), the only significantly large Tribes represented were Judah & Benjamin (Neh. 11:4).
  4. The land allotments are all southern territories that had previously been the Tribal territory of Judah & Benjamin (Neh. 11:25-36).  The land of the northern Tribes at this time is in Samaritan hands.

Nehemiah Chapter Twelve

  1. The detailed census of the post-exilic inhabitants of Judah continues with the lineages and family heads of the priests and Levites (Neh. 12:1-26).
  2. The builders of the wall dedicated that wall to the glory of the Lord Who allowed that wall to be completed (Neh. 12:27-30).
  3. Ezra & Nehemiah lead to choir processionals around the walls of the city (Neh. 12:31-43).  The two parades met at the temple, and a great worship celebration was conducted there.
  4. The proper activities of singers, gatekeepers, priests & Levites were established (Neh. 12:44-47).

First Chronicles Chapter Nine

  1. The importance of maintaining accurate genealogical records becomes all the more critical when Judah is carried away into exile to Babylon (1st Chr. 9).
    1. For the Family of David, the lineage is important for the coming Christ.
    2. For the Family of Aaron, the lineage is important for the preserved priesthood.
    3. For every Jew, lineage is important for land allotment, and inheritance rights.
  2. As the Jews return from their captivity, their lineage for land allotment and inheritance rights will once again become important (1st Chr. 9:2-34).

(Chapter Nine continues on Day 106)