Focus Verse: And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away. (43)
The Israelites were happy that the rebuilding of the wall of Jerusalem had been completed and was now being dedicated to God. Doing God’s work is not always easy, but it does bring true and lasting joy.
Focus Verse: So I rebuked the officials and asked them, “Why is the house of God neglected?” Then I called them together and stationed them at their posts. (11)
After leading the Israelites to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and dedicate it to Him, Nehemiah went back to King Artaxerxes. When he returned to Jerusalem, he was disappointed to find that the house of God was being neglected, the people were buying and selling on the Sabbath, and engaging in other practices that were forbidden them. Once again, Nehemiah had to take charge and set things in order. We should not only do what is right when an authority figure is around. We should remember that God is always watching us and should be faithful in the tasks we have been given.
Focus Verse: And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever. (10)
After years and years of wreaking havoc in the world which God created and constantly working to destroy His people, Satan will receive his just due. He will be thrown into the lake of fire with his evil cohorts and be tormented for all of eternity. Never again will he be free to bring about sin and death, heartache and fear, tears and grief.