A Culture Facing Judgment
A Study of Nehemiah
Dr. Jim Denison
So far we have learned to recognize God’s holiness (v. 5), to pray with humility (v. 6a), and to confess our sin with honesty (vs. 6b-7). Now we discover the urgency of such prayer commitment: The future of the nation is in jeopardy. If God does not forgive the sins of the people, their intermarriage and immorality, they will be no more. We’ll see how Nehemiah’s prayer relates to our culture, and what God wants us to do in response.
Admit your need of grace (v. 8)
Nehemiah’s prayer continues: “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations'” (v. 8).
“Remember” does not mean that Nehemiah was reminded God of something the Lord might have forgotten. The Hebrew word in this context means to act in accordance with something previously determined and communicated. We say “Remember the Alamo” not in the sense of holding information in our memories but as a motivation to action.