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LEISURE and PASTIMES

March 24, 2017

Friday

 

Nehemiah 8:10

 

Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

 

 

LESSON

 

Conviction of their departure from God’s will fell on the people as they heard the Law read. Their initial reaction was to mourn and weep. Eating the fat means eating the best parts. The exposition of Scripture taught the Israelites God’s will, convicted them of their short-comings, corrected their conduct, and fitted them for righteous living.

 

However, the Law specified that the Blowing of Trumpets was to be a joyous occasion, so Nehemiah urged them to rejoice in the Lord. “Though it might challenge their consciences, it was to be regarded first and foremost as a declaration of God’s grace to his people.” This joy, as they thought about Yahweh, would strengthen and sustain them as a tonic.

 

Memory Verse: 1 Peter 4:9

 

A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave.

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