Vs. 1, “Now the leaders of the people settled in Jerusalem, and the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of every ten to live in Jerusalem, the holy city, while the remaining nine were to stay in their own towns.” They certainly did things different back then, huh? It was important that Jerusalem be fully inhabited to help protect and grow the city they had rebuilt. Some casted lots while other volunteered. The people had tithed 10% and now the people were literally being tithed to the city. Imagine if 10% of Christians went forth into the world specifically to do God’s will (make disciples)…because that was essentially those who obeyed the casting of lots did. They were doing God’s will.
Regarding application…Volunteering. Vs. 2, “The people commended all the men who volunteered to live in Jerusalem.” I think it’s safe to say we probably don’t do enough volunteering in our own lives. Yes, perhaps some of them were very excited to join the city of Jerusalem and relocate…but there were those who were commended because they were willing to volunteer to do God’s will. While it’s important to serve the community, volunteer for different charity organziations, help schools, etc…I believe there is a gross negligence on our (Christians) part when it comes to volunteering to the church. Many go to church to be served…not to serve. The church I currently go to (The Promise) has been such a blessing because there were a select amount of people that chose/volunteered to move and relocate churches to do God’s will. It’s not easy work and the weekends can be long with volunteer ministry, but what a blessing it is to see.