QT – Nehemiah 10

Vs. 29, “all these now join their brothers the nobles, and bind themselves with a curse and an oath to follow the Law of God given through Moses the servant of God and to obey carefully all the commands, regulations and decrees of the LORD our Lord.” It was time to stop talking and start walking. Eighty-four names (priests, Levites, and other leaders) headed up this list of people who put their oath in this covenant. These names represented their families as well. This was to not be taken lightly and it most definitely was the of the utmost importance. Bear in mind, this was an Old Testament practice and doesn’t necessarily apply to our time today.

Regarding application…Promises. “We don’t succeed as Christians because we make promises to God, but because we believe the promises of God and act upon them.” – Warren Wiersbe. Thankfully, the success of our Christian lives do not depend upon our ability to keep an oath/promise. If it did, all of us would certainly be failures. I think of how the book of James exhorts us not to boast about what we will be doing in the future. We can’t make too many promises because we don’t know our future. We can make every effort and do our best to achieve a goal, but it would be perhaps wise to not not make binding promises in our lives today. We live on God’s promises not our promises.