“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it” - George Santayana.
One of the most important aspects of the Jewish family was to educate children about God’s Law and the history of being God’s people. Memorials were set up, feast established, and meticulous records kept to help accomplish these purposes. Even with these safeguards in place, the children of Israel often failed because they forgot (or more accurately they failed to remember)!
Nehemiah 9 records the retelling of Israel’s history... AGAIN! It was important to remember what God had done for them, and what happened when they rejected Him as their God.
When is the last time you spent time in prayer recounting God’s goodness in your life? His goodness both in blessing you and forgiving you when you fail. Take some time today to clear off a spot and just thank the Lord for His faithfulness and goodness in your life.
When we forget, or fail to remember, we run the great risk of making terrible mistakes.
Daily Scripture Reading
Nehemiah 8 - 9
And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it.
• Why did Ezra read the Law to the people?
• Why was the day called “holy”?
• What is the feast of booths? Why had it been so long since Israel had done it?
• Why is the history of Israel given again?
• Why does it say the people confessed?
• What was the “sure covenant”?