This week we discussed the importance of executing a plan with wisdom.
KEY TEXT: Nehemiah 7:1-7
CENTRAL TRUTH: We must learn to execute a plan with wisdom.
- Dwell: Several things that Nehemiah did as the wall was completed can help you move forward as you examine your own life. One important lesson is to take responsibility. Nehemiah was involved in overseeing every decision. Second, be smart about who you surround yourself with. Nehemiah knew that he needed godly people who he could trust to help him. Finally, always lean on God. Nehemiah sought God’s guidance and did everything to glorify Him.
- Memorize: Proverbs 14:23
- Pray: Thank Jesus for allowing you to be part of His work. Pray that he would give you wisdom as He continues to reveal His plan to you. Honor God by taking responsibility for what He has given you to do. Ask Him to lead you to people who are moving in the same direction so that you can work together to further the gospel and to bring Him glory.
KEEP ON DIGGING:
To learn more about the importance of genealogies to the Jewish people, explore the Scripture and books of the Bible listed in parenthesis:
- The first genealogy detailed six generations of Cain, culminating with the world’s second murderer, Lamech (Gen. 4:17-24).
- Genealogies often related persons to their functions. Some were known for warriors; (Neh. 11:14); craftsmen (1 Chron. 4:14); goldsmiths, apothecaries, and merchants (Neh. 3:8, 31).
- Other family records validated rights of inheritance, especially of kings and priests (1-2 Kings and 1-2 Chronicles).
- Matthew and Luke detail genealogies of Jesus Matthew focused on Jesus’ role as the Jews’ Messiah and Luke emphasized Jesus’ identity as the Son of God.
Luke tells us that Jesus came to die for our sin, but also to form a people of God who, renewed by his Spirit, are able to serve him in righteousness and holiness all of their days. This good news is open to all and God wants the news of Jesus shared with all. As followers of Jesus, as Christians, we are to partner with God is carrying this good news of forgiveness and hope because of Jesus to those in our lives where God has placed us and is calling us.
KEY TEXT: Luke 5:12-16
CRITICAL QUESTION: What do you learn about Jesus from this passage?