In Nehemiah 10:1-27 we read a listing of eighty-four people who put their seal on the covenant. Nehemiah’s name was at the head of the list. It’s one thing to talk about commitment to God, but they wanted to seal their commitment to writing for all posterity to see. This was a binding agreement with the Lord, according to the pattern laid out in the Law. The passage regarding oaths and vows is found in Numbers 30:1~ This is what the Lord commands: (NIV) Numbers 30:2~When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said. (NIV) Like Paul before me, I admonish us to submit every aspect of our lives to God, stay away from any activity, from any speech, or any living that would be considered worldly or against God’s word. Instead, we ought to Execute Righteousness, not living with empty words but under the Banner of the most High God and His command 1 Peter 1:16~Be holy, for I am holy. Says the Lord. (NIV)

At our outset, we mentioned Israel had just finished Feast of Tabernacles, a time of giving the first fruits. Here in Nehemiah 10, they put in place a system for a steady supply of fuel, to keep the brazen altar burning. Lots drawn, shared which clan would serve at which time to keep Gods house functioning. Firewood seems such menial service may not seem important, but each stick was still a valid way of honoring God with the service of their lives. Much of the work in any Church today, may seem humbling and go unseen, but it still has the Lord’s full attention.

Our Takeaway: Commit all of your ways to the Lord If your desire is to have a well-lived life, then draw near to God in service. Proverbs 3:9~ Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops (NIV) This includes the works of our hands, time, and talents. A principle that dates back to the escape from Egypt when God preserved the Jews’ firstborn sons and animals from death. God has always desired that His people give Him their first and best, not their last or leftovers. As you pray today, let that be your commitment to living fully for Jesus.

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