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

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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.

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Isolation

The other day, I was reading on Jewish site, a long letter, pleading with a young lady of Judaic faith, to dump her Christian boyfriend. A variety of arguments were brought forth, as to why she should do this. From a faith and tribal perspective, if you allow intermarriage, you kill the faith as the faith becomes diluted or corrupted by new things brought in. In this case, however, the young lady is not a practicing Jew, nor his her family. The young lady was clearly smitten by the Christian boyfriend, and described him as loving, kind, considerate, compassionate, clean living, and spiritual.

I was reminded of some reading I did a few years back about early Christian period, AD 200 or so apparently one of the Christian Bishops was panicking because so many Christian women were marrying Jewish and Greek husbands, and vis versa, so many Christian men were marrying Jewish and Greek women. He even tried passed a decree against it, but, the book went on present evidence that these women and men ignored the bishops warnings and were extremely successful, in bringing their partners into the faith, and in bringing their families up as strong Christian families. In fact, they estimated from records that something like 40% of the Christians married outside their faith. In short, it was exactly this behavior that contributed to explosion of the Christian faith in first few centuries.

Even the New Testament says we shouldn't be yoked to unbeliever, yet I wonder if New Testament thinking doesn't somehow overcome this. Christianity is not a faith that lives on rules - but lives by Grace.

So, what is Nehemiah have to say to us about inter-religious marriage? What is the application to our faith today ?

Collin




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