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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The First Reason Is Because G-d Requires It

Brother Edd,

The most important reason is that our G-d Requires us to marry a believer if we are really serving The Risen L-rd of All Creation.

Sometimes the reasons of The Mitzvos gets lost with our English. But it was The Commandment of G-d's Holy Spirit unto The Jew that was the most important part to remember. It is pointed out to us in Romans 2:29, from The King James Bible,

V29 But he [is] a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision [is that] of the heart, in the spirit, [and] not in the letter; whose praise [is] not of men, but of G-d.

This verse is pointing out to us as Christians that: ...a man is a Jew if he is one inwardly... ...true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law... is a change of heart produced by G-d's Spirit...

We find from Barnes', Notes on The Bible, the important thing to remember is:

But he is a Jew -- He comes up to the design of the Jewish institution; he manifests truly what it is to be a Jew. Which is one inwardly -- Who is "in heart" a Jew. Who has the true spirit, and fulfills the design of The Jew, being separated as a special people. This passage proves that the design of separating them was not merely to perform certain external rites, or to conform to external observances, but to be a people 'Holy in their Heart and in their life'. It can not be denied that this design was not generally understood in the time of The Apostles; but it was abundantly declared in The Old Testament.

References: Deuteronomy 6:5; Deuteronomy 10:12-13, Deuteronomy 10:20; Deuteronomy 30:14; Isaiah 1:11-20; Micah 6:8; Psalm 51:16-17; Psalm 50:7-23.

So we can see and understand that it is very important to stay "On Course" as A Christian or as A Jew with our Spiritual Walk with G-d and what He is requiring of us within our heart/soul/mind. That is what identify us on a personal level with Him. Because the heart of man/woman is where G-d is looking, we should then be a Confessor of G-d's Ways.

The relationship of the heart that is turned unto G-d, will willingly do The Mitzvos because he/she is free from The Condemnation(Bondage) of The Letter of Law and is found willingly abiding in and within G-d's Love, through The Holy Spirit, working and enabling us to be Doers of The Word.

By following G-d's Ways, The Law of Love, we will be found by G-d, and we will be loving one another as we love our G-d, above all other things which are in our heart.