每日诗歌: 数算主恩 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlVagh5CHXY)
Nehemiah 9 [Read]
Nehemiah 10 [Read]
Nehemiah 11 [Read]
Acts 4:1-22 [Read]
If I were brought up in the US, I would probably become a history teacher. Since I was young, history has been my favorite subject. I memorized names of historical figures, and I used to be able to name the historical events associated with them. Knowing those things made me happy. Even in the seminary when other students were suffering from memorizing events in church history, I was having a great time reading about them. Something was different from before, though. History to me was no longer just knowledge, but treasure. I began to see it with different lenses, ones that point out human depravity and God’s providence.
If you read the Bible carefully, you will find that recalling history of Israel is a very common theme. Moses recalled history of the Israelites in Deuteronomy before Israelites entered the Promised Land; Joshua recalled history as his last legacy (Jos 24); David recalled history after the Ark was moved to Jerusalem (1Ch 16); Psalm 106 recalled history as part of a collection for Jewish worship. In today’s reading, the Levites recalled history after the completion of the newly built city wall of Jerusalem (Neh 9). When you read these passages, you could easily find the common theme in them. The people of God are rebellious and forgetful, but God’s faithful hands are always there to guide, discipline, and deliver them.
Did the people of Israel see their history as treasure? In those occasions I mentioned above, they probably did because they just experienced God’s faithfulness. But it did not last too long, for soon they began to marry their children with people around them. The physical wall of Jerusalem was erected, but the spiritual wall to keep them holy began to crumble. History again became knowledge to them and their children.
We all have history of our own, and we all remember them more or less. How do we treat them as treasure instead of just memory? The refrain from the beloved hymn “Count your blessings” teaches us a very simple way: “Count your blessings name them one by one. Count your blessings see what God has done”. I suspect that every believer has some history of God’s work in his or her life to recall, and the way we remember those will determine how close we walk with our Lord. Give it a try and you shall see.
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