Nehemiah Chapter 10, Records The Covenant of Faith and Those Who Committed to Follow The Torah

beemanlee's picture

In this Chapter of Nehemiah we will read about all of those who by Faith chose to follow all of what The Torah Teaches. The Laws, that were neglected and they gave their pledge to walk in them and uphold all of them. The Spirit of Repentance(Teshuvah) follows with the resolve of Nehemiah The Governor, Zedekiah and The People, to Change their old ways of neglect, and Renew their Spiritual Connection to The Holy Land.

First there is a list of 83 signatories of The Covenant of Faith(The Bris Amanah) with a seal. The Temple tax is established as one-third shekel because of the economy, down from Exodus 20:13-14 of one-half shekel, which was the same later is in New Testament Times.

It brings up The Oath, Intermarriage and The Sabbath. The Mitzvos, The Wood Offerings, The Firstborn, The First of Your Dough(Challah) and The First Fruits(Terumah) and Tithing.

Clifford777's picture

reading the posts

Just wanted to say, that although I haven't been chiming in much, I have been following all the posts. I try to limit my social media time to about 1 hour a day. Between twitter, facebook, and dozen other groups I'm part of, check into, it doesn't leave a lot of time for posting.

I thought this most unusual division of people. rest of people, priests, levites, porters( keepers of the gate), singers and Nethinims.

And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nethinims.

The more I look at this, more amazing it seems to be. Why no prophets? Could some of the Levites been women? could some of the singers been women? Nethinims --- I'm sure there is entire sermon sitting in that one alone. All those important but lowly tasks, like cleaning, and vacuuming, and taking out the garbage, and cleaning the toilets, -- whatever.

Didn't all the priests have to come from the levites? I wondered about the porters,etc. And came across this web site ...

http://www3.telus.net/public/kstam/en/temple/details/priest_service.htm

from which one reads

"In the Temple, there were several classes of Levites:

* Priests (1 Chronicles 24:1-19)
* Priests' Assistants (1 Chronicles 23:4,28)
* Singers (1 Chronicles 25:7-31)
* Musicians (1 Chronicles 23:5)
* Gatekeepers (1 Chronicles 26:1-19)
* Keepers of the Treasure (1 Chronicles 26:20-28)

In addition, there were also officers and judges (1 Chronicles 26:29-32) that assigned outside responsibilities. "

So, why are the two lists different? Why were musicians and Keepers of the Treasure left out?

What would these designations signify perhaps today? My thought here is that in our time, we don't have temple per say, but all of us can draw near to God's word and separate from the world. Not that we discriminate or anything like that but that believers are different. Do we not yet have pastors, lay pastors, singers, musicians, (gate keepers?) and finance chairs in our churches? Thoughts?




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