This lesson concludes Mike’s series on Nehemiah.
What is it about people that they can make promises – with all due sincerity, acknowledging the consequences should they not be kept – and still fail to keep those promises? People lose sight of the very reasons that cause them to make those promises.
Remembrance is critical to living our promises, and critical to leading us to repentance.
Just a few years after leading the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls in only 52 days, Nehemiah has to contend with the people forgetting the very promises they had made to God.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
Hebrews 4:12-13 (NIV)