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The Book of Nehemiah Chapter 13 (13 of 13)
HOW REVIVAL DIES
1 On that day they read in the book of Moses in the
audience of the people; and therein was found written,
that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into
the congregation of God for ever;
There is no true worship or revival that excludes the
word of God.
2 Because they met not the children of Israel with
bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them,
that he should curse them: howbeit our God turned the
curse into a blessing.
3 Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law,
that they separated from Israel all the mixed
The nation was to be pure from all of the heathens
that defiled them. Not only that, but specifically the
Ammonite or Moabite. These two groups of heathens were
NEVER to be admitted into the assembly of God, because
they had not met the Israelites with food and water
but had hired Balaam to call a curse down on them.
Balaam was a false prophet for hire who was employed
by Balak to curse Israel, but God turned the curse
into a blessing. Upon the hearing of the word of God,
INSTANT OBEDIENCE WAS DEMONSTRATED.
4 And before this, Eliashib the priest, having the
oversight of the chamber of the house of our God,
[was] allied unto Tobiah:
There can be no question that Nehemiah and Ezra were
men who were mightily used by God to accomplish great
revivals for the nation Israel. The remnant being in
captivity and released by the hand of God, had
experienced a great revival in the land. The wall was
built, the temple was built and the people were
settled in the land again. There were times of great
mourning and weeping and repentance among the people
as they all confessed their sinfulness, and also
recognizing the greatness of God and His absolute
right to chasten them in the severest way that He did.
They thanked Him for His mercy and for His continued
grace as they re ...
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