• William T. Howe Ph.D.

May 28, 2021

Daily Reading: Nehemiah 10-11

Nehemiah 10:1

Now those that sealed were, Nehemiah, the Tirshatha, the son of Hachaliah, and Zidkijah,

Eighty-four in all. That's how many priests, princes, and Levites sealed the covenant that was mentioned in Nehemiah chapter nine. Twenty-one priests, seventeen Levites, and forty-four princes (chief of the people). These were of those who returned to Jerusalem from captivity in Babylon. These represented the leadership of Israel, but all the people of Israel in Jerusalem entered into this covenant; meaning they willingly chose to walk in God's Law as given by Moses (10:28-29).

This is a story of a group of people, from various vocations, roles, and duties that sealed their decision to walk in the ways of the Lord God. The covenant may have been sealed by attached signatures or literal signets by the eighty-four, however the rest of the people sealed it with their hearts and lips. They were said to have knowledge and understanding. In other words, this was not an emotional decision, or one made through coercion or threat. They chose to seal the covenant willingly.

Today, those who enter into God's covenant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ do the same. Through knowledge of the Gospel and understanding of it through the faith given them by the Holy Spirit, they choose to seal their agreement with God willingly. They bring to Him a life of sin, by faith believe that Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God gave Himself as the sacrifice for sin, and accept His promise of eternal salvation, thereby "sealing the deal" (to coin a phrase).

But that's not all! Not only do we willingly seal the deal, but God Himself also seals it as well by sealing those who repent unto acceptance of the Gospel, which is the covenant of salvation. Yes, God seals each one who comes to Him by faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. 2 Corinthians 1:22 is just one verse that affirms this: Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. Ephesians 1:13 is another: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,. How long does His seal last? Ephesians 4:30 tells us: And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Wonderful. We seal the covenant with God through faith in Christ. He seals us with the power and promise of the Holy Spirit. I say again, wonderful!

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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