Bible Commentary: “Separated From In Order To Seek” Happy New Year 2016

January 1, 2016 at 6:05 pm | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“Then the children of Israel who had returned from the captivity ate together with all who had separated themselves from the filth of the nations of the land in order to seek the LORD God of Israel.” (Ezra 6:21 NIV)

Today is New Years Day and we here at Word of Encouragement would like to wish you, our extended family, a Blessed, Joyful, Prosperous and Healthy New Year 2016.

The Dictionary defines “Dedicate” in this manner: To set apart for a deity or for religious purposes; consecrate, to set apart for a special use. As today is the first day of a New Year it would be appropriate to dedicate or set apart this year to God. After all, He gives all the time in this year to us so it is only just that we consecrate this time back to Him that we might use all out allotted time wisely for His glory. How do we dedicate time to God? We simply declare that the time we have available to us we will use for the glory of God. Like Ezra we must separate ourselves from the things that detract us from God and seek after Him.

Nehemiah tells us the account of what the Israelites did to dedicate the wall that had been rebuilt, “At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres. The singers also were brought together from the region around Jerusalem–from the villages of the Netophathites, for the singers had built villages for themselves around Jerusalem. When the priests and Levites had purified themselves ceremonially, they purified the people, the gates and the wall” (Nehemiah 12:27-28, 30 NIV). Did you see that? They purified themselves; they turned from the things of the world and allowed God to cleanse them from all their sin.

Then they assembled two choirs. “I also assigned two large choirs to give thanks. One was to proceed on top of the wall to the right, toward the Dung Gate”(Nehemiah 12:31 NIV). “The other thanksgiving choir went the opposite way, and they stopped by the Gate of the Prison” (Nehemiah 12:38-39 NIV). There was a gate in the wall where all the garbage was transported out of the city and it was called “the dung gate”. So one choir is standing on the rebuilt wall with their backs to the garbage. The other choir is standing on the wall with their backs to the prison. Then both choirs begin to sing to each other across the Temple of God.  The message is that they turned their backs on the garbage and they turned their backs on the things that held them in bondage and they sang with joy in celebration.

Child of God – In this New Year we must turn from the “filth of the nations of the land in order to seek the LORD God of Israel”. We must turn from the garbage and allow Jesus to open our prison doors and give us liberty. We must turn our backs to our garbage and press on ahead, singing a new song of celebration.

Our prayer:
Lord, thank you for giving me the ability to turn my back to my past, the things that were not right and my bondages. I want to seek you with a pure heart, find you and keep you in my life. Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer for the first time or if you have any questions please contact us. We would love to hear from you


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