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Wednesday Devotions: A Study in Nehemiah

*For the months of January and February, our weekly devotion in the Book of Nehemiah will be moving to Wednesdays.*

 

The God who Sees

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

 

Nehemiah 11:23-24 (NASB)

23 For there was a commandment from the king concerning them and a royal command for the singers day by day. 24 And Pethahiah the son of Meshezabel, of the sons of Zerah the son of Judah, was the king’s representative for every matter concerning the people.

 

As we work our way through chapter 11, I am still amazed at the detail that is in the long list of names in this book.

In earlier verses we learned about the sons of Levi and their role in worship in the temple. Today we learn about the command that came from the king to take care of the singers day by day. He cared about his people enough to put his representative on the matter.

The next people chronicled in the earlier verses were all kinds of important people, they were warriors, gatekeepers and those who kept watch of the storerooms, God gave us the names of these men, He is a God of detail as well as the God of the big picture. He even said in verse 24 that the command went up to care for the singers day by day.

Last week we talked about how each person has a role and how each role is important. This week I want to go one step farther. God is the God of detail. He could have inspired Nehemiah to simply let us know which tribe was responsible for fulfilling the duties needed to secure Jerusalem, but God did not do that, He listed the names of the men as well as their genealogy.

God cared about each and every person in Nehemiah’s time as well as how they served. God cared about those who lived and what they did, as much as He cares about us and what we do. When we think no one knows about the work we’ve done quietly and without accolade, please know our Father in Heaven sees you and He cares about you.

 

 

Matthew 6:26 (NASB)

26 Look at the birds of the sky, that they do not sow, nor reap, nor gather crops into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more important than they?

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

· Daily provisions were given to the singers by order of a gentile king. If a non-believer can see the importance of worship and service, we as believers should take care of those in ministry even more.

· The man who was the king’s representative came from a long line of men from the tribe of Judah. He was a man who had the king’s ear in all matters. He was the voice of the people. Be the voice of the people today.

· Know that you are important to God. He sees you and He cares for your circumstances.

 

God used the representative to the king for “every matter concerning the people.” To take care of God’s people during the rebuilding process. The man was a Persian king who did not believe in the God of Nehemiah, but he did believe what Nehemiah was doing was important and therefore he encouraged him in many ways in with many resources all along the way.

No matter our role, God is the God who sees, who cares, and who will encourage.

Colossians 2:2 (NASB)

2 that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, 

 

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. Who can I encourage today?
  2. Knowing God sees me and cares about what my circumstances are, how does that encourage me to continue on in my calling?
  3. Who are the people that God wants me to represent? Who’s been silenced and is needing me to be their voice?

Take a few minutes and pray for the calling God has placed on your life..

 

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2021 Women’s Bible Study – Frequently Asked Questions

Our 2021 Women’s Bible Study is Well Underway!

 

We invite you to join us on Tuesday mornings and evenings, January 12 – February 23, for a time of fellowship and in-depth study of God’s Word.

 

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How Can I See the Bible Study?

This year, there are two ways you can participate in our bible study. We are holding the study right here on The Cove property for those who would like to join us in person. However, if you can’t be here physically, don’t worry! We are also streaming the bible study on our official Cove Facebook page, TheCoveNC.

When Do the Live Streams Start?

Patty Stump’s Bible Study live stream begins at 10:30 a.m. EST. Kendra Graham’s Bible Study live stream begins at 6:30 p.m. EST. However, if you can’t make the live streams, we will be keeping the videos up on our Facebook page for you to view whenever you wish!

Can I Access The Handouts If I’m Watching Online?

Yes! We will upload the handouts for Patty’s Bible study each week on Monday. At this point, Kendra has one handout that can be used for each week.

For Patty Stump’s handouts, click here.

For Kendra Graham’s handout, click here. 

I Don’t Have a Facebook Account, But I Still Want to Watch the Live Stream, What Do I Do?

If you attempt to visit The Cove Facebook page by going through Facebook’s main page, Facebook will bar anyone who does not have an account from viewing our page. However, there is a way around this! Click this link: TheCoveNC , it will take you directly to our Facebook page, and you won’t have to log in to see our bible study. If you, at some point, do not have access to this link, type “TheCoveNC Facebook” into Google and click on the page that comes up in your search.

What Happens if it Snows?

The Cove is located in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. This means that we often experience inclement weather. In the event that we see the need to cancel our bible study due to inclement weather, we will post about it on our website, thecove.org, and our Facebook page by 7 a.m. for the morning study and 3 p.m. for the evening study.

 

We are so happy that you decided to join us this year. In this time of uncertainty, it is important to spend time with the Lord, and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to participate as we study God’s Word. If there is anything you may have a question about that we forgot to mention in this article, please let us know and we will answer it as soon as possible.

 

Make sure to check back for updates!

If you have a question, feel free to call The Cove at (828) 298-2092.

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Weekly Bible Verse: Matthew 5:9

Our Weekly Bible Verse is from Matthew 5:9

 

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9, KJV)

 

in flight dove

 

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Tuesday Devotions: A Study in Nehemiah

Everyone Has a Role

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

 

Nehemiah 11:19-22 (NASB)

19 Also the gatekeepers: Akkub, Talmon, and their kinsmen who kept watch at the gates, were 172.

Outside Jerusalem

20 The rest of Israel, of the priests and of the Levites, were in all the cities of Judah, each on his own inheritance. 21 But the temple servants were living in Ophel, and Ziha and Gishpa were [a]in charge of the temple servants. 22 Now the overseer of the Levites in Jerusalem was Uzzi the son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Mica, from the sons of Asaph, who were the singers for the service of the house of God

 

Happy New Year everyone, I am excited to continue our study in the book of Nehemiah with you. I have enjoyed immersing myself in the richness of this book and my hope is that you dear readers have enjoyed the study as well.

In the last several weeks of 2020, we focused on the people selected to repopulate the holy city. This week’s passage is about those who remained outside of the city of Jerusalem. The people mentioned today did not move into the city, but had vital roles within its gates. These people were the ones who kept watch over the gates, they were temple servants and they were the singers in the house of God.

The job of watchman was, and is, extremely important. While a shepherd cares for the flock and makes sure none goes astray, the watchman’s job is to keep an eye out for any and all dangers that would threaten the city and sound the warning. We as God’s church also need both a shepherd, who is the pastor, and the watchman, who is one who is sensitive to God’s voice, which enables them to provide warning of coming danger and a word of encouragement to the people.

Also mentioned in the passage is the Levites who are the priests and teachers, while the singers for the service of the house of God would be the worship leaders bringing God’s people into worship before the Lord.

If we look at a letter from Paul to the church in Ephesus, we can see the same model used for church ministry.

Ephesians 4:11-12 (NASB)

11 And He gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, some as [a]pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the [b]saints for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ;

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

· While there are specific roles in the church as specified through the five-fold ministry, we all have a role in the body of Christ. No matter the role, they are all important.

· Even though you may have a particular ministry gifting, we all can fulfill a role if needed. A parent, for example is all the above for their children.

· Some of the people remained inside the city, others lived in their own towns based on their inheritance. Some people are content to remain outside or in safer areas of ministry, while some are called to harder and less “safe” ministry.

 

Oftentimes the enemy would love to cause division between the different ministries, but we are all one body of Christ. Not one ministry is more important than the other is; likewise, all are interdependent on each other.

 

Romans 12: 4-8 (NASB)

For just as we have many parts in one body and all [f]the body’s parts do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually parts of one another. However, since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to use them properly: if prophecy, [g]in proportion to one’s faith; if [h]service, in the act of serving; or the one who teaches, in the act of teaching; or the one who [i]exhorts, in the work of [j]exhortation; the one who gives, with [k]generosity; the one who [l]is in leadership, with diligence; the one who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

 

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. How can we keep watch over the sheep that God has entrusted to our care?
  2. How can we be content and grow in the gifts God has given us and not long for someone else’s gift?
  3. No matter where I am in my walk with Christ, does my worship bring me as well as others into God’s presence?

Take a few minutes and pray for the calling God has placed on your life. Ask Him to help you to be content with your calling and to grow you in your ministry.

 

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Weekly Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11

Our Weekly Bible Verse is from Jeremiah 29:11

 

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'” (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).

 

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Tuesday Devotions: A Study in Nehemiah

Bold, Courageous, Callings

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

Nehemiah 11:14-18 (NASB)

“14 and their brothers, valiant warriors, 128. And their overseer was Zabdiel, the son of Haggedolim.15 Now from the Levites: Shemaiah the son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Bunni; 16 and Shabbethai and Jozabad, from the leaders of the Levites, who were in charge of the outside work of the house of God; 17 and Mattaniah the son of Mica, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, who was the [e]leader in beginning the thanksgiving at prayer, and Bakbukiah, the second among his kinsmen; and Abda the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun. 18 All the Levites in the holy city were 284.”

As we move through the book of Nehemiah, we are in a chapter that is full of the names of those chosen to move into the un-occupied holy city. This chapter, as a whole made me sad to say the least. Jerusalem is God’s holy city. Jerusalem is where the temple is located, and where the Israelite people worshipped God, and where God met them, and yet, for various reasons no one wanted to leave their homes and move into the city. They cast lots as a way of choosing those who would move.

Today, we learn about valiant warriors and leaders from the houses of Benjamin and Levi.

In verse 14 the number of valiant warrior and their brothers is 128 men, and the overseer is listed by name, Zabdiel. Then in verses 15 and 16 we have a list of names of the Levites who were in charge of the outside work of the house of God. In order to protect the house of God, you need those who will care for it, as well as be willing to fight for its safety. It takes both those who are willing to do the menial tasks, as well as those who will receive the recognition. Both are important, and need leadership in order for things to work.

In verses 17 and 18 we have lists of names of the men who will offer thanksgiving and prayers within the city which is an equally important role to play when one thinks of who needs to reestablish God’s city. The warriors need prayer, and all who work valiantly unto the Lord need to give thanks to God in order to keep their morale up to continue in the labor.

We all have a role to play, no matter how big or small, it is significant to God, and it is important in the building of His Kingdom. Jesus wants us not to worry about the recognition of others, rather, He wants us to be bold in our calling, be courageous, and offer thanks to God so others will be encouraged, but most of all He wants us to simply follow Him and He will take care of the rest.

John 21:21-23

21 So Peter, upon seeing him, *said to Jesus, “Lord, and what about this man?” 22 Jesus *said to him, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!” 23 Therefore this account went out among the brothers, that that disciple would not die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but only, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?”

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

· We need to be the person who will boldly walk in our calling and not worry about recognition

· Don’t be afraid to step forward and move into the unoccupied territory. It just may be where God has a specific purpose for our lives

· Lead others in prayer and thanksgiving to God. We all need prayers, and to maintain a life of thanksgiving encourages others to be thankful.

· Don’t worry about others call on their life, follow God.

 

man reaching hands up high taken at daytime

 

As we read through the list of names in this chapter, other tribes sent many more men and families, yet the roles of each person was of equal importance. Do not discount what God has called you to do.

Luke 9: 46-48 (NASB)

46 Now an argument started among them as to which of them might be the greatest. 47 But Jesus, knowing [w]what they were thinking in their hearts, took a child and had him stand by His side, 48 and He said to them, “Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me receives Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great.”

 

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. As the courageous, valiant men made a move to protect their kinsmen and the city, what am I willing to do to protect my loved ones?
  2. What has God called me to do that I am unwilling to walk in because it may not get recognition?
  3. In what areas of my life am I not thankful? How can I be more thankful?
  4. In God’s eyes, we are all equal. Who do I feel less than?

 

Take a few minutes and pray for the calling God has placed on your life, and what He is asking you to do to follow Him.

 

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Weekly Bible Verse: Isaiah 9:6

Our Weekly Bible Verse is from Isaiah 9:6:

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6, KJV).

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The Christmas season is a time of hope and joy. It is a time when we are reminded of the amazing, miraculous gift given to humanity so long ago in the form of a tiny baby, our infant God, who came down from Heaven to dwell among us. Even though this year may look so different compared to Christmases we have experienced in the past, let us not forget that our glorious God, the God who sent His only Son to die for us, is in control.


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Tuesday Devotions: A Study in Nehemiah

Do Not Discount Family

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

Nehemiah 11:10-13 (NASB)

From the priests: Jedaiah the son of Joiarib, Jachin, Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, the overseer of the house of God, and their kinsmen who did the work of the temple, 822; and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malchijah, and his kinsmen, heads of fathers’ households, 242; and Amashsai the son of Azarel, the son of Ahzai, the son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer…”

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Those returning from Babylonian exile had settled in outlying towns, many didn’t want to disrupt their family life and move into the city of Jerusalem; this is only one of the various reasons the city remained unpopulated. Today we will look at a few more of those chosen to move into the city.

In Verse 10 and 11 we have a list from the priestly lines. I have mentioned this before, but I think it is worth mentioning, I struggle with genealogy in the Bible. My eyes glaze over and I skim past the long list of names, however, this time God had me slow down.

Genecology, as hard as it may be to pronounce all of the names, and as boring as it may seem has a purpose. God uses this tool to show the line of the Messiah, and that it remained pure. He also showed that the people were worthy to serve in the office of priest.

The priests were the ones who served as an intermediary between God and His people. They should have been the first to set up camp in the city, yet, for whatever reason they didn’t. God did not admonish these men; rather He listed them by name, as well as their family.

In verses 12 and 13 the kinsmen who performed the work in the temple were listed by name, plus temple workers and additional 822 men, then we have their kinsmen and the heads of their father’s household, plus an additional 242 men. To rebuild God’s holy city. His “City on a Hill” God needed leaders, heads of households, and those who their family would up to in hard times. God needed leaders who would see their true calling be the first to walk in God’s call on their life.

Proverbs 2:6-8 (NASB)

For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
Guarding the paths of justice, And He watches over the way of His godly ones.

 

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

· We need leaders who will be the first to step into a difficult situations with integrity.

· Be the leader others can look up to and see Jesus.

· Be the head of the home others look to for direction.

· Family is important.

· Don’t be afraid to walk in our calling, and do what God has called us to do.

 

As we look back on Thanksgiving and forward to Christmas and the new year, we will be reflecting on family. Some of us have wonderful families that we look forward to seeing, others of us are alone, and still others may have family to whom they are estranged. No matter where you are in life during this season, know that our Heavenly Father is our true leader and guide.

 

Psalm 68:4-6 (NASB)

Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Exalt Him who rides through the deserts,
Whose name is the Lord, and be jubilant before Him. A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy dwelling. 6 He makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, Only the rebellious live in parched lands.

 

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. What family am I discounting?
  2. How am I being a good member of my own family?
  3. What can I learn from my past that will make me more of the person God wants me to be for my family?
  4. What kind of head of household am I to my family?

 

Take a few minutes and pray for the leaders in your family; whether we agree with them or not God calls us to pray for our leaders.

So many of the people in this passage are not named. Just as the nameless workers and leaders of our faith who work tirelessly without recognition, pray for those who do the everyday work for God.

 


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Weekly Bible Verse: Philippians 4:6

Our weekly Bible verse is from Philippians 4:6: 

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done” (NLT).

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It’s so easy in today’s climate to fall in to a cycle of worry and anxiety. Instead, God tells us He wants us to bring our troubles to Him and He will take care of them in our stead. God has already seen our tomorrow and laid out plans that are for our good. So don’t worry about today, God’s already taken care of it!

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A Study in Nehemiah

From the Tribe of Benjamin

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

Nehemiah 11:7-9 (NASB)

 “Now these are the sons of Benjamin: Sallu the son of Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of Maaseiah, the son of Ithiel, the son of Jeshaiah;  and after him Gabbai and Sallai, 928.  Joel the son of Zichri was their overseer, and Judah the son of Hassenuah was second in command of the city.”

This week we continue in our study of Nehemiah chapter 11, which chronicles the repopulation of Jerusalem. As we saw last week, there were several reasons for the empty city, and the need to designate families from each tribe to relocate.

When I see a long list of names in scripture, I often will skim through and move on to more interesting reading. However, this time, God slowed me down and reminded me that ALL scripture is important.

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2 Timothy 3:16-17

All Scripture is inspired by God and beneficial for teaching, for rebuke, for correction, for training in righteousness;  so that the man or woman of God may be fully capable, equipped for every good work.”

Verses 7-8 we learn about the sons of Benjamin, and documented by name is Sallu, then Gabbai, and Sallai, along with other 928 men. Sallu was important because his name is listed first. In Hebrew, his name means “weighted” or “weight”. It can also mean, “to heap up.” His lineage is also mentioned which give weight to his importance. When God made me slow down and look at the men in this passage, I asked Him what He wanted me to see. Sallu’s name in Hebrew means weight. I was reminded about the 2 Timothy, and of the importance or weight of scripture and I understood. God wanted me to see scripture as weighty as this man and his rich family lineage.

Next in the list of names there is a tax gatherer and a priest, an overseer, as well as 928 un-named men (and their families). Everyone is welcome in God’s kingdom. When we witness to people, we may not know their name, but God knows their name. He knows their reputation, as well as what they do for a living. While this may matter to some people, the only thing that matters to King Jesus, is that we come; come as we are, no matter who we are, or what we do.

He welcomes all to His Holy City.

Isaiah 1:18-19

 “Come now, and let us debate your case, “Says the Lord, “Though your sins are as scarlet,
They shall become as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson,
They shall be like wool.
 If you are willing and obedient,
You will eat the best of the land;”

 What can we learn from Nehemiah?

·         God wants me to make His word important in my life.

·         All kinds of people were needed to repopulate the Holy City. All will be welcome into God’s eternal kingdom. Be open to all who will be called, and all who God will call you to help.

·         Even though we may never know the names of some people, God knows everyone’s name. No one is beyond His knowing or His reach.

·         The overseer and second in command are listed by name. God had them there for a reason. They were leaders of their day, just as we have leaders of our day. Pray for our leaders.

As believers today, we are the rag-tag remnant that God is calling to occupy His holy city. His eternal kingdom. We may be unnamed, we may be leaders, we may be first on the list, or we may be grouped together as the 928 (others), but we all matter to God, we are His children and His desire is that we all come.

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. What am I making more important than God’s word?
  2. What is first in my life?
  3. How can I pray for the people who I don’t know their name?
  4. How does God want me to pray for the leaders in my family, in my city and in my nation?

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