Nehemiah understood that in order for the dedication of the wall to have significance, it had to coincide with the dedication of the hearts of God’s people. Alistair Begg outlines the significant sacrifice God’s people made, as well as their overwhelming joy in response to His Word. The surrounding peoples witnessed the Israelites’ submission to God’s Word and their joy from worshipping Him in obedience. Likewise, the depth of our obedience to God and the outpouring of joy that comes from walking with the Lord will be apparent to those around us.
27And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with gladness, with thanksgivings and with singing, with cymbals, harps, and lyres.
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