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by David Legge

'Preach The  Word'If you’ve been with us on previous occasions, you’ll know that we started on Sunday morning, really, looking at ‘What Is Revival?‘. Then we took up a series ‘The Revival We Need‘, and we saw on Sunday night that we need ‘A Revival in Christ-Centred Gospel Preaching‘. On Monday night, we need ‘A Revival in the Bible‘; Tuesday night, ‘A Revival in Prayer‘; and tonight we’re looking at ‘A Revival in Holiness’. Tomorrow evening we’re looking at ‘A Revival in Love’, and on Friday night ‘A Revival in the Holy Spirit’. It has been tremendous to see some of you out every night, and it’s a blessing to my heart.

Right from the very beginning of this book God is set forth to us as holy, holy, holy – thrice holy, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…

Tonight we’re looking at the book of Nehemiah again, for the last time, we’ll be turning our attention to other portions of Scripture tomorrow night and Friday night – but tonight we’re looking at Nehemiah, and I want you to turn to chapter 9 again just to read the last verse, but we’ll be looking primarily at chapter 10 of Nehemiah. So do turn with me, if you don’t have a copy of the scriptures don’t worry about it, just listen as we read together, and it will come together as we expound it in a moment or two.

So Nehemiah 9 verse 38 – and you remember that they had come to a place of humiliation and repentance, God’s people that is, and in verse 38 we left them last night making a sure covenant, an agreement with God: and they “and write it”, they wrote it down, “and our princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it”.

Verse 1 of chapter 10: “Now those that sealed were, Nehemiah”, and then there’s a long, long list that we’ll not read just now of the names of the people that sealed this covenant with their name. Then at verse 28 we’ll take the reading up again: “And the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the porters, the singers, the Nethinims, and all they that had separated themselves from the people of the lands unto the law of God, their wives, their sons, and their daughters, every one having knowledge, and having understanding; They clave to their brethren, their nobles, and entered into a curse, and into an oath, to walk in God’s law, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, and his judgments and his statutes; And that we would not give our daughters unto the people of the land, nor take their daughters for our sons: And if the people of the land bring ware or any victuals on the sabbath day to sell, that we would not buy it of them on the sabbath, or on the holy day: and that we would leave the seventh year, and the exaction of every debt. Also we made ordinances for us, to charge ourselves yearly with the third part of a shekel for the service of the house of our God; For the shewbread, and for the continual meat offering, and for the continual burnt offering, of the sabbaths, of the new moons, for the set feasts, and for the holy things, and for the sin offerings to make an atonement for Israel, and for all the work of the house of our God. And we cast the lots among the priests, the Levites, and the people, for the wood offering, to bring it into the house of our God, after the houses of our fathers, at times appointed year by year, to burn upon the altar of the LORD our God, as it is written in the law: And to bring the firstfruits of our ground, and the firstfruits of all fruit of all trees, year by year, unto the house of the LORD: Also the firstborn of our sons, and of our cattle, as it is written in the law, and the firstlings of our herds and of our flocks, to bring to the house of our God, unto the priests that minister in the house of our God: And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage. And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house. For the children of Israel and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the corn, of the new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers, where are the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests that minister, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not forsake the house of our God”.

The whole message of the Bible is that, because of our sin, we are estranged from this holy God. Our sins and iniquities have come between us and God…

Let us pray: Father, we thank You for Your word. We acknowledged the other evening that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable. Lord, we pray that the inbred profitableness of these words will be opened up by the Holy Spirit now, and applied to all our hearts. Whatever our needs may be personally, those among us without Christ, and without hope in this life and that which is to come, Lord, save them by Your grace. Come by that Holy Spirit conviction, make them aware of the need of Christ. Oh God, we pray for Your own people, and we have a great need too, Lord. Oh, every single one of us, Lord, none of us can say we have no need of God. Lord, we have great need of more knowledge of holiness. Oh God, we pray that our own eyes would be opened to our own sinfulness, defilement and unworthiness in Your sight. Lord, that we would get not only a glimpse of ourselves, but for one glimpse of ourselves we would have ten glimpses of the Saviour. Lord, that we would see in Him all that we need, and all that has been provided for our holiness and sanctification in Christ. So help us, Lord, oh do something new tonight, Lord, in all our lives. Corporately together may the flames of revival even start, if they haven’t already started, may they start tonight. Lord, may each of us be able to say: ‘May it start in me’. Oh God, help us we pray, for Christ’s sake, Amen.

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