Do not forsake the house of God

Nehemiah Bible Background

Old Testament: Neh 13.10–13

To read the Bible in a year, read Nehemiah 12–13 on June 20, In the year of our Lord 2020

By Don Ruhl

After all that Nehemiah had done to rebuild the defensive wall of Jerusalem and then to repopulate the city, the Jews later forsook the house of God while Nehemiah was away. Upon his return, he saw what they had done and fixed it:

I also realized that the portions for the Levites had not been given them; for each of the Levites and the singers who did the work had gone back to his field. So I contended with the rulers, and said, “Why is the house of God forsaken?” And I gathered them together and set them in their place. Then all Judah brought the tithe of the grain and the new wine and the oil to the storehouse. And I appointed as treasurers over the storehouse Shelemiah the priest and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah; and next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah; for they were considered faithful, and their task was to distribute to their brethren.

– Nehemiah 13.10–13

Today the house of God is the church, not the structure we have built for assembling for worship, but the people of God. Many Christians do what these Jews did and they forsake the house of God, but amazingly still think that they are loyal to God. No, if you forsake that for which Jesus died, you are forsaking Him.


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