Historical Foundations for Faith pt. 1

Nehemiah records the prayer of the Levites spoken in confession and repentance. It is a brief but awesome history of the power and mercy of God. Let us take just a glimpse at some of His glories!

blessings3The Levites begin by listing five blessings of God on His creation and people. We will look at three in part one and the other two in the next blog.

1. One of the most clear expressions of God’s power is His creation of all things. 

Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee. – Nehemiah 9:6

The material universe testifies to the glory and majesty of God.

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. – Psalm 19:1

If the material things of creation worship God, should not the intelligent beings created in His image do the same?

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: – Colossians 1:16

The more man discovers about the universe, the more clear vision we get of the Mighty God!

2. God, in His abundant mercy, chose to bring Abraham out of the false religion of the world and show unto Him the riches that He has for His people.

Thou art the Lord the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham; And foundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and hast performed thy words; for thou art righteous: – Nehemiah 9:7-8

The children of Israel, by God’s mercy, were able to return to the very land that God promised to Abraham and to his natural seed. But let us not forget, that these things were spoken to us pointing toward a promise to the Israel of God (Galatians 6:16).

In the Seed of Abraham, which is Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:16), God blesses all of His elect children in every nation (Revelation 5:9).

3. With a mighty hand, God delivered Israel from the hand of Pharaoh in Egypt.

And didst see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heardest their cry by the Red sea; And shewedst signs and wonders upon Pharaoh, and on all his servants, and on all the people of his land: for thou knewest that they dealt proudly against them. So didst thou get thee a name, as it is this day. And thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land; and their persecutors thou threwest into the deeps, as a stone into the mighty waters. Moreover thou leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way wherein they should go. – Nehemiah 9:9-12

Egypt clearly resembles bondage in sin. And just as God freed Israel from bondage, He frees His people from the death grip of sin.

For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. – Romans 6:10-14

God will ultimately save us from the penalty of sin in glory, but He has also saved us from its grip so that we may walk in newness of life here and now.

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