Saturday, June 28, 2014

DAY 560 - From Arrogant, Stiff-necked to Worship And Obey

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Today's Reading: Nehemiah 9-10

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但 我 們 的 列 祖 行 事 狂 傲 , 硬 著 頸 項 不 聽 從 你 的 誡 命 ;
 不 肯 順 從 , 也 不 記 念 你 在 他 們 中 間 所 行 的 奇 事 , 竟 硬 著 頸 項 , 居 心 背 逆 , 自 立 首 領 , 要 回 他 們 為 奴 之 地 。 但 你 是 樂 意 饒 恕 人 , 有 恩 典 , 有 憐 憫 , 不 輕 易 發 怒 , 有 豐 盛 慈 愛 的 神 , 並 不 丟 棄 他 們 。

                                                                尼希米記 9:16-17

“But they and our fathers acted presumptuously and stiffened their neck and did not obey your commandments. 17 They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. But you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and did not forsake them." 

                                                              Nehemiah 9:16-17

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    What I got today from Jesus is: From arrogant, stiff-necked to worship and obey

    Because of the faithful and courageous leadership of Nehemiah and Esra, all the Israelites had a corporate confession to God. They thanked God of how faithful He had been since the time of Abram, and how arrogant and stiff-necked they had been since the time of Moses.

    They confessed their sins and their leaders signed a covenant on behalf of all the Israelites. This is a complete U-turn from the path of sin and darkness back to the path of righteousness and light.

    Please take special note on the two actions they were going to change:
1. On their marriage: No marriage to those who were not Israelites any more.
2. Offerings: Willing to fulfill all the regulations of offerings according to God's commandments.

   That's a complete change in the view of "money, sex and power". Have you got that?

1. Power: 9:16 "They refused to obey and were not mindful of the wonders that you performed among them, but they stiffened their neck and appointed a leader to return to their slavery in Egypt. " Powerful leaders to lead people against God's command.

2. Sex: all kinds of sinful sexual behaviour leading to the marriage to pagans.

3. Offerings: They stopped all those required offerings.

    I aware that when some people have a negative view to their home church, the first thing they do is to cut their offerings. Start with 10%, then 20%, then 50% then 90%! Horrible! 

    If you are not arrogant and stiff-necked, how could you not let "money, power and sex" to destroy your relationship with God? Are you willing to tithe? Why you can not make your tithing? Why?

Dear Lord Jesus,
Lead us to get rid of our arrogant and stiff-necked behaviour and get back to the path following you as our Lord, Saviour and King.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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