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Weekly Devotional: A Study in Nehemiah

The Days of Joiakim and Darius

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

Nehemiah 12:10-22 (NASB)

10 Jeshua fathered Joiakim, Joiakim fathered Eliashib, Eliashib fathered Joiada, 11 Joiada fathered Jonathan, and Jonathan fathered Jaddua.12 Now in the days of Joiakim, the priests, the heads of fathers’ households were: of Seraiah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, Hananiah; 13 of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, Jehohanan; 14 of [a]Malluchi, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, Joseph; 15 of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai; 16 of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Meshullam; 17 of Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamin, of Moadiah, Piltai; 18 of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah, Jehonathan; 19 of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiah, Uzzi; 20 of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber; 21 of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; and of Jedaiah, Nethanel.22 As for the Levites, the heads of fathers’ households were registered in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, and Johanan, and Jaddua; so were the priests in the reign of Darius the Persian.

 

When I asked people what they think of the book of Nehemiah, everyone is quick to talk about Nehemiah’s great leadership skills, or the broken down walls and how the whole nation came together to rebuild the city in the midst of terrible opposition, which is true.

However, the latter chapters are full of pages and pages of names, names of those who re-populated the city, as well as those who lived in small towns, and of those who chose to live on their family lands as inheritance.

Chapter 12 of Nehemiah is another section that contains several lists of names. What makes passages such as this interesting is what we find if we look between the names.

Proving a person’s lineage was important to Nehemiah and the Jews, because only those who could prove their genealogy were allowed to perform service and or worship in the temple. Each man also needed to prove which tribe he was a part of in order to secure land for inheritance and to pass on his name to his children. This is also why you will find long sections of genealogy in other portions of scripture.

The first name listed today is Jeshua, which, in Hebrew means, “savior”. He was the father of Joiakim who was the high priest and his name means, “Yahweh has raised”.  Both of these men’s names are references to a messiah who was to come. In a time where the people were trying to reestablish themselves in their homeland, and in their relationship with the Almighty God, these names have significance. God used these men to help Nehemiah and Ezra (listed above) to remind His chosen people what they looked forward to, and what the worship of God was supposed to look like as He commanded.

Next, we have a long list of the heads of households. In the days of Joiakim, these leaders carry almost the same importance as the priests. I love God’s order of things and it is a reminder for us today to respect those God has placed in leadership over us, and over our families.

All of these men mentioned served in the days of Darius the Persian King. This man was the same king who allowed Nehemiah to rebuild the walls and the city of Jerusalem, as well as reinstitute a sacrificial system of worship. God used an unbelieving Gentile to bring about a great revival. If God could use King Darius to do all of that, imagine what He can do in the middle of the great divide and upheaval we live in today.

Sometimes submitting to those in authority over us is difficult, especially when we do not agree, and yet sometimes God uses ungodly people such as King Darius to fulfill a greater purpose.

 

 Hebrews 13:17 (NASB)

 17 Obey your leaders and submit to them—for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account—so that they may do this with joy, not [groaning; for this would be unhelpful for you.

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

· Respect for those in authority over us. With wisdom from the Holy Spirit, we can submit in a way that honors others and is healthy for us.

· We all need help from God to fulfil our calling, including those in leadership. Help our heads of households and our leaders when we can.

· Even if God has not placed us in a role of authority, he knows our name and He is cares for us. We are never insignificant.

Galatians 6:2-5 (NASB)

 Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks that he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting, but [a]to himself alone, and not to another. For each one will bear his own load.

 

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. Who are those in authority over me that I do not respect? What can I do to change my perspective?
  2. Is there anything in my attitude that I need to change toward heads of households, or in my own role in the home?
  3. Who are the leaders over me that I need to pray for, and how might my prayers change?
  4. In what way do I think God has forgotten me?

Weekly Bible Verse: Psalm 37:5-6

Our Weekly Bible Verse Comes From Psalm 37:5-6

 

“Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.”

 

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Your Heavenly Father is always working for your good. No matter what tasks or responsibilities may be weighing you down these days, entrust them to Him, follow His commandments, and He will make a way for you.

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Weekly Bible Verse: John 16:33

Our Weekly Bible Verse Comes From John 16:33

 

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

 

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No matter what may come your way this week, have peace and comfort in knowing that Jesus Christ is Lord over all. As this Bible verse says, we do not have to worry about what the world may throw at us, because Jesus is in control. Keep your eyes on Him, and the rest will fall into place.

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Weekly Devotional: A Study in Nehemiah

Songs of Thanksgiving

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

 

Nehemiah 12:1-9 (NASB)

12 Now these are the priests and the Levites who came up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, Amariah, Malluch, Hattush, Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, Iddo, Ginnethoi, Abijah, Mijamin, Maadiah, Bilgah, Shemaiah and Joiarib, Jedaiah, Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, and Jedaiah. These were the heads of the priests and their kinsmen in the days of Jeshua.  8And the Levites were Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah who was [a]in charge of the songs of thanksgiving, he and his brothers. Also Bakbukiah and Unni, their brothers, stood opposite them in their service divisions.

 

In the early chapters of Nehemiah, the focus was on rebuilding the walls of the city and the opposition that occurred. The next section was the repopulating of the empty holy city. Chapter 12, which we will begin today, is about the return of refugees from exile, and the re-establishing of worship in the temple. This is why we see their genealogy and their occupation listed by their names.

The reason this is important to Nehemiah and the Jews, is because only those who could prove their lineage were allowed to perform service in the temple. Each man also needed to prove which tribe he was a part of in order to secure land for inheritance and to pass on his name to his children. This is also why you will find long sections of genealogy in scripture.

Today’s passage is about the priests and the Levites who came up with Zerubbable, who was thought to have been a Jewish refugee in Babylon. He led a large band of men in a return to Jerusalem. He became a governor over Judea under the Persian king. Many of the priests are listed by name, and then it says they were the heads of the priests and their kinsman; meaning, there were many who were not listed. God knows their names. The Priests performed the sacrifices along with many other duties in service to God. I love the fact that a pagan king allowed them to return to their homeland to serve God. This tells me that God can use anyone, even a non-believer to bring about His will.

Whatever the reason, I wonder what would happen if we took a small step into something bigger. What kind of move of God would we see? What changes in our cities and in our towns would occur if we all made a move closer to what God has for us?

The next group of people mentioned is the Levites who were in charge of the songs of thanksgiving. These were the men who had the hard task to make sure the people remained thankful even while they were captives in the pagan land of Babylon, hundreds of miles away from their home. They stood opposite of each other. A partnership, if you will, of praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God. It makes me think of the vision Isaiah of the throne room of God and the Seraphim that flew about singing of God’s holiness and how they called out, the others would respond with the same cry.

 Isaiah 6: 1-4 (NASB)

 In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. Seraphim were standing above Him, each having six wings: with two each covered his face, and with two each covered his feet, and with two each flew. And one called out to another and said,“Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of armies. The [a]whole earth is full of His glory.”And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke.  

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

· No matter if we ever get recognition, God knows our name and knows of service to Him.

· The Jewish people maintained praise and thanksgiving in song, even while in exile. No matter how hard things are, God is worthy to be praised, and when we sing songs of praise it encourages others who might be going through a hard time

· The men stood opposite each other. This allowed the praise to envelope the area, and songs of thanksgiving and praise are contagious. Let our praise be contagious to others.

 

The men stood opposite in their service divisions, which meant they worked in partnership. We need to be looking for those who will work in partnership with us to build us up and encourage each other to press on when times are hard.

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NASB)

24 and let’s consider how to encourage one another in love and good deeds, 25 not abandoning our own meeting together, as is the habit of some people, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

 

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. Who can we encourage today that God has not overlooked their service, nor has He forgotten their name?
  2. What can I do to better live a life of gratitude even when I don’t feel thankful?
  3. In what way do I not demonstrate thankfulness?
  4. Who can I work with to build and develop a partnership in our Christian walk?

Weekly Bible Verse: Romans 12:2

Our Weekly Bible Verse is from Romans 12:2

 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2, NIV).

man raising arms between greenfield

 

When we are constantly dealing with the daily stresses and temptations of life, it can often be difficult to keep our minds on God. If we are not diligent in our thoughts and actions, the world can easily distract us from God’s will for our lives. On this Monday, it is important that we remember to make time for reading God’s Word and spending time in prayer so that we can experience the presence of God in every facet of our lives.

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Weekly Devotions: A Study in Nehemiah

Inside or Outside?

By: Patty Nicholas-Boyte

 

Nehemiah 11:25-36 (NASB)

25 Now as for the villages with their fields, some of the sons of Judah lived in Kiriath-arba and its [a]towns, in Dibon and its [b]towns, and in Jekabzeel and its villages, 26 and in Jeshua, in Moladah, and Beth-pelet, 27 and in Hazar-shual, in Beersheba and its towns, 28 and in Ziklag, in Meconah and in its towns, 29 and in En-rimmon, in Zorah, and in Jarmuth, 30 Zanoah, Adullam, and their villages, Lachish and its fields, Azekah and its towns. So they camped from Beersheba as far as the Valley of Hinnom. 31 The sons of Benjamin also lived from Geba onward, at Michmash and Aija, at Bethel and its towns, 32 at Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah, 33 Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim, 34 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat, 35 Lod, and Ono, the Valley of Craftsmen. 36 And from the Levites, some divisions in Judah belonged to Benjamin.

 

Today, as we wrap up chapter eleven, I have to say, this passage was one of my most challenging. This section of Nehemiah tells of all of those who lived outside the city walls, in their own towns and villages. Before Jesus walked the earth, God was only found in the temple, in the holy of holies, to the high priest on the Day of Atonement. The fact that all the people chose to live outside of the city, meant that they chose to live outside of God’s holy presence. Even those who served within the city and in the temple did not live where the holiness of God resided.

Yes, there were many reasons people lived in their own villages and towns, most of which had to do with inheritance, and a place to raise a family. We today have similar reasons why we don’t want to be in the middle of God’s calling. These reasons can be any number of things, such as my kids are too busy in school or sports, or work is crazy right now, or I have other commitments, or that’s just not my time or place. These are all legitimate reasons for not taking steps of faith into God’s calling on our lives.

Whatever the reason, I wonder what would happen if we took a small step into something bigger. What kind of move of God would we see? What changes in our cities and in our towns would occur if we all made a move closer to what God has for us?

Another reason the temple servants and worship leaders lived outside the city, was they needed to make a living by working their fields and lands. Because people neglected their giving, the workers did not get paid, and therefore, they needed to work “outside” jobs to feed their families.

I don’t know if we will ever know how hard our pastors and ministry leaders work. We need to make sure they and their families are cared for in a way they don’t have to take on extra work just to live.

 

1 Timothy 5:17-18

17 The elders who lead well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox while it is threshing,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”

What can we learn from Nehemiah?

· Take care of and encourage our leaders.

· Be open to where God is calling. Listen to where He will lead and guide.

· Be willing to go when He says to go.

God did in fact give all of Israel to the people. While he called some to specific work in the temple and on the walls, He also gave some to be farmers and tradesmen as well. Encourage those who work outside of the walls. Don’t look down on someone for doing what God has called them to do, even if it does not seem like ministry, it may be exactly where God is using them to further the kingdom.

 

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

1 Corinthians 7:17

17 Only, as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each, in this way let him walk. And so I direct in all the churches.

 

 

What questions can we ask ourselves that can affect change?

  1. Where do I choose to “dwell”? Am I close to God, or in my own town or village?
  2. What mission field is God calling me to?
  3. In what way can I encourage our leaders today

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

 

 

 

 

Weekly Bible Verse: Isaiah 40:31

Our Weekly Bible Verse come from Isaiah 40:31

“but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint”
(Isaiah 40:31, NIV).

eagle hanging under sunset

 

During times of struggle and hardship, it is important to remember where our hope comes from. The Lord is our source of strength when we are in need. He is always watching over us. Place your hope in the Lord today and He will lift you up.

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Weekly 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 two handouts that can be used for each week.

For Patty Stump’s handouts, click here.

For Kendra Graham’s handouts, 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 8 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!

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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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