Verse of the Day: Provide for the Servants of God

June 8, 2007

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43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and the children also rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard afar off.

44 And at the same time some were appointed over the rooms of the storehouse for the offerings, the firstfruits, and the tithes, to gather into them from the fields of the cities the portions specified by the Law for the priests and Levites; for Judah rejoiced over the priests and Levites who ministered. 45 Both the singers and the gatekeepers kept the charge of their God and the charge of the purification, according to the command of David and Solomon his son. 46 For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chiefs of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving to God. 47 In the days of Zerubbabel and in the days of Nehemiah all Israel gave the portions for the singers and the gatekeepers, a portion for each day. They also consecrated holy things for the Levites, and the Levites consecrated them for the children of Aaron.

Nehemiah 12:43-47 (NKJV)

From the Nelson Study Bible:

The sacrifices offered at the dedication of the wall probably were not burnt offerings, but peace offerings in which the people shared a common meal. The dedication was an occasion for great rejoicing. Everyone, including wives and children, took part.

After the dedication of the wall, the people took steps to provide for the priests, Levites, singers, and gatekeepers who served in the temple. The joy of the Lord should produce service for the Lord. In this case, the people’s joy overflowed into providing for the temple. Men were appointed as custodians of the firstfruits and tithes.

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