by Christina Farris
24 And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brethren over against them, to praise and to give thanks, according to the commandment of David the man of God, ward over against ward.
Nehemiah 12:30-31 KJV
Israel when they came back to the promise land and set up the holy city they began to purify not only the wall but the city and also the temple within it. There desire for God's protection and to do things God's way and the way of the ancients like King David. To purify the people by tradition of the Levitical tribe appoint to this duty and religious cermonies of the city long ago time of Moses. The purging os the city and the purging of the wall and people important to tradition of the law. Not only that but tradition of making things right with God, and to honor him and to give thanks to him for his blessings and protection on the city.
I think of the mid eighties when some people got together and did hands across America, if we did that today we have to do it six foot distancing, mask and no hand holds, leaving a break between us, representing the division perhaps of our country and the solidarity of the event is only weakened, by the division. Yet it also would tell something more our desire to obey our God and our nation leaders and stand unified as a people though divided by who we are. To stand united in a way that is division can never bring, but a unity of faith, hope and thanksgiving to a God of protections, a God of holiness and a God that loves us through the storms of our nation as we clean to the Old rugged cross of faith in Christ Jesus. Jesus is our purifier we no long sprinkle with blood of a bull or cleanse the city and people with offering of a bull, but cleanse the city through repentance and turning from sin with first believing God sent Jesus to be the Savior of the World because he loves us. Our nation must seek God first and His cleanse from the shining seas to shining sea the shore lines that represent one side of our nation to another, from border of Canada to the border wall of Mexico. Come together with the purity of heart only God can bring to cleanse our nation of sin, through forgiveness and love of Christ on the cross through His resurrection.
It begins with the first city willing to change to the spread of each city, county, providence, and so forth. It begins and stretches as far as it can. God's grace is sufficient to cleanse the nation of the sins of our land on bended knee in prayer to God above. Christ still reigns in the heart of each believer with the hope of healing of our land. Let us prayer and give thanks for the healing God wants to do in our land this morning. He desire it not to be filthy still, but cleans by his hands and purified by knowledge of he is and repentance and forgiveness of sin.
Dear Lord move in our nation and show our nation your power and desire to cleanse us first of sin and then the diseases of our land. Purge our land Lord and make our nation whole once more. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Countdown to Thanksgiving Day 17: Thank you Lord for your desire to cleanse and purify our nation if we will only listen and turn to you.
Continual Scripture Study:Joel 2:1-32 KJV
1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;
2 A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.
3 A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.
5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.
6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.
7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:
8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.
10 The earth shall quake before them; the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark, and the stars shall withdraw their shining:
11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?
12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
18 Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people.
19 Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen:
20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.
21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things.
22 Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.
23 Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
24 And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.
25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
26 And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.
27 And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.