Participants: Kelly Mowrer
Series Code: HWAL
Program Code: HWAL000585
00:15 Hello, and Welcome to His Words are Life.
00:17 I'm Kelly Mowrer and thank you for joining with me today
00:21 to read the word of God together Let's pray before we start.
00:24 Dear Lord, thank you so much for the words that you have
00:30 preserved for us all these hundreds of years,
00:33 thousands of years, down through the centuries they have been a
00:36 comfort and an encouragement to your children. And now we come
00:40 to hear them and to be strengthened and to learn from
00:43 them the lessons you have for us. Please be with us now.
00:47 Thank you. Amen. We are reading in the book of
00:51 Nehemiah, chapter 10, and beginning in verse 39.
00:55 This is the King James Version. For the children of Israel
00:59 and the children of Levi shall bring the offering of the corn,
01:03 of the new wine, and the oil, unto the chambers,
01:07 where are the vessels of the sanctuary, and the priests that
01:10 minister, and the porters, and the singers: and we will not
01:15 forsake the house of our God. We're continuing Nehemiah,
01:19 chapter 11, this is the King James Version.
01:22 And the rulers of the people dwelt at Jerusalem:
01:26 the rest of the people also cast lots, to bring one of ten
01:31 to dwell in Jerusalem the holy city, and nine parts to dwell
01:35 in other cities. And the people blessed all the men,
01:38 that willingly offered themselves to dwell at Jerusalem
01:41 Now these are the chief of the province that dwelt in Jerusalem
01:46 but in the cities of Judah dwelt every one in his possession
01:49 in their cities, to wit, Israel, the priests, and the Levites,
01:53 and the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants.
01:56 And then there's a long listing of the names of those where they
02:01 were dwelling, so we'll skip over that list of names and
02:04 pick it up in Nehemiah, chapter 12, and they're designating
02:09 some of the names as they go into a company of men to
02:13 praise. We're going to pick up in the 2nd half of Nehemiah,
02:16 chapter 12, verse 36. With the musical instruments of David
02:23 the man of God, and Ezra the scribe before them. And at the
02:28 fountain gate, which was over against them, they went up by
02:30 the stairs of the city of David at the going up of the wall,
02:33 above the house of David, even unto the water gate eastward.
02:36 Reading down in Nehemiah, chapter 12, verse 38.
02:40 And the other company of them that gave thanks went over
02:44 against them, and I after them, and the half of the people upon
02:48 the wall, from beyond the tower of the furnaces even unto the
02:51 broad wall; and from above the gate of Ephraim, and above the
02:55 old gate, and above the fish gate and the tower of Hananeel,
02:58 and the tower of Meah, even unto the sheep gate:
03:01 and they stood in the prison gate. So stood the two companies
03:05 of them that gave thanks in the house of God, and I, and the
03:10 half of the rulers with me: and the priests; Eliakim, Maaseiah,
03:16 Miniamin, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hananiah,
03:22 with trumpets; and Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and Eleazar, and Uzzi
03:27 and Jehohanan, and Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer.
03:33 And the singers sang loud, with Jezrahiah their overseer.
03:37 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced:
03:41 for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also
03:46 and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was
03:49 heard even afar off. And at that time were some appointed over
03:56 the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the first
03:59 fruits and for the tithes, to gather into them out of the
04:03 fields of the cities the portions of the law for the
04:05 priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests
04:09 and for the Levites that waited and both the singers and the
04:14 porters kept the ward of their God, and the ward of the
04:18 purification, according to the commandment of David,
04:20 and of Solomon his son. For in the days of David and Asaph
04:24 of old there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise
04:28 and thanksgiving unto God. And all Israel in the days of
04:32 Zerubbabel, and in the days of Nehemiah, gave the portions
04:35 of the singers and the porters, every day his portion:
04:39 and they sanctified holy things unto the Levites;
04:42 and the Levites sanctified them unto the children of Aaron.
04:47 We're continuing now in Nehemiah chapter 13, and this is the
04:51 King James Version. On that day they read in the
04:55 book of Moses in the audience of the people; and therein was
05:00 found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come
05:03 into the congregation of God for ever:
05:05 Because they met not the children of Israel with bread
05:08 and with water, but hired Balaam against them, that he should
05:11 curse them: howbeit our God turned the curse into a blessing
05:15 Now it came to pass, when they heard the law, that they
05:19 separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.
05:22 And before this, Eliashib the priest, having the oversight
05:28 of the chamber of the house of our God, was allied unto Tobiah:
05:31 And he had prepared for him a great chamber, where aforetime
05:36 they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense and the vessels
05:39 and the tithes of the corn, the new wine, and the oil,
05:41 which was commanded to be given to the Levites, and the singers,
05:45 and the porters; and the offerings of the priests.
05:47 But in all this time was not I at Jerusalem: for in the two and
05:52 thirtieth year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon came I unto
05:56 the king, and after certain days obtained I leave of the king:
06:01 and I came to Jerusalem, and understood of the evil that
06:05 Eliashib did for Tobiah, in preparing him a chamber in the
06:09 courts of the house of God. And it grieved me sore:
06:13 therefore I cast forth all the household stuff of Tobiah
06:17 out of the chamber. Then I commanded, and they cleansed
06:21 the chambers: and thither brought I again the vessels
06:25 of the house of God, with the meat offering and the
06:27 frankincense. And I perceived that the portions of the Levites
06:31 had not been given them; for the Levites and the singers,
06:34 that did the work, were fled every one to his field.
06:37 Then contended I with the rulers and said, Why is the house of
06:42 God forsaken? And I gathered them together, and set them in
06:46 their place. Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn
06:50 and the new wine and the oil unto the treasuries.
06:53 And I made Treasurers over the treasuries, Shelemiah the priest
06:58 and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah: and next to
07:03 them was Hanan the son of Zaccur the son of Mattaniah:
07:05 for they were counted faithful, and their office was to
07:09 distribute unto their brethren. Remember me, O my God,
07:14 concerning this, and wipe not out my good deeds that I have
07:18 done for the house of my God, and for the offices thereof.
07:21 In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses
07:28 on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses;
07:32 as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which
07:36 they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day:
07:39 and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold
07:42 victuals. There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought
07:47 fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto
07:50 the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. Then I contended
07:54 with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing
07:58 is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day?
08:00 Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this
08:04 evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath
08:07 upon Israel by profaning the sabbath. And it came to pass,
08:12 that when the gates of Jerusalem began to be dark
08:14 before the sabbath, I commanded that the gates should be shut,
08:17 and charged that they should not be opened til after the sabbath:
08:21 and some of my servants set I at the gates, that there should
08:26 no burden be brought in on the sabbath day. So the merchants
08:31 and sellers of all kind of ware lodged without Jerusalem once
08:35 or twice. Then I testified against them, and said unto them
08:39 Why lodge ye about the wall? if ye do so again, I will lay
08:43 hands on you. From that time forth came they no more on the
08:47 sabbath. And I commanded the Levites that they should cleanse
08:51 themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates,
08:54 to sanctify the sabbath day. Remember me, O my God,
08:59 concerning this also, and spare me according to the
09:02 greatness of thy mercy. In those days also saw I Jews that had
09:08 married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:
09:11 And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could
09:15 not speak in the Jew's language but according to the language
09:19 of each people. And I contended with them, and cursed them,
09:23 and smote certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made
09:25 them swear by God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughters
09:28 unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons,
09:32 or for yourselves. Did not Solomon king of Israel sin
09:36 by these things? yet among many nations was there no king
09:40 like him, who was beloved of his God, and God made him king
09:43 over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women
09:48 cause to sin. Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this
09:52 great evil, to transgress against our God in marrying
09:55 strange wives? And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of
10:00 Eliashib the high priest, was the son in law to Sanballat
10:05 the Horonite: therefore I chased him from me.
10:07 Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the
10:10 priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the
10:13 Levites. Thus cleansed I them from all strangers and appointed
10:19 the wards of the priests and the Levites, every one in his
10:23 business; And for the wood offering at times appointed,
10:26 and for the firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good.
10:32 We're now going to begin reading the book of Esther together.
10:38 This is Esther, chapter 1, the King James Version.
10:42 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus - this is Ahasuerus
10:48 which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred
10:52 and seven and twenty provinces: - that in those days, when the
10:57 king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in
11:00 Shushan the palace, in the third year of his reign,
11:04 he made a feast unto all his princes and his servants;
11:08 the power of Persia and Media, the nobles and princes of the
11:14 provinces, being before him: When he shewed the riches of
11:18 his glorious kingdom and the honor of his excellent majesty
11:21 many days, even an hundred and fourscore days.
11:24 And when these days were expired, the king made a
11:27 feast unto all the people that were present in Shushan
11:30 the palace, both unto great and small, seven days, in the court
11:35 of the garden of the king's palace, where were white, green,
11:40 and blue, hangings, fastened with cords of fine linen and
11:44 purple to silver rings and pillars of marble:
11:47 the beds were of gold and silver upon a pavement of red, and blue
11:53 and white, and black, marble. And they gave them drink in
11:58 vessels of gold, the vessels being diverse one from another,
12:01 and royal wine in abundance, according to the state of the
12:05 king. And the drinking was according to the law;
12:08 none did compel: for so the king had appointed to all the
12:13 officers of his house, that they should do according to every
12:16 man's pleasure. Also Vashti the queen made a feast for the women
12:21 in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasuerus.
12:24 On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry
12:28 with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and
12:35 Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that
12:39 served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king,
12:42 to bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal,
12:46 to shew the people and the princes her beauty:
12:50 for she was fair to look on. But the queen Vashti refused
12:54 to come at the king's commandment
12:55 by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth,
12:59 and his anger burned in him. Then the king said to the wise
13:04 men, which knew the times, for so was the king's manner toward
13:08 all that knew law and judgment: and the next unto him was
13:12 Carshena, Shethar, Admatha, Tarshish, Meres, Marsena,
13:18 and Memucan the seven princes of Persia and Media, which saw
13:23 the king's face, and which sat the first in the kingdom;
13:25 What shall we do unto the queen Vashti according to law,
13:30 because she hath not performed the commandment of the king
13:33 Ahasuerus by the chamberlains? And Memucan answered before the
13:38 king and the princes, Vashti the queen hath not done wrong to the
13:42 king only, but also to all the princes, and to all the people
13:46 that are in all the provinces of the king Ahazuerus.
13:50 This deed of the queen shall come abroad unto all women,
13:54 so that they shall despise their husbands in their eyes,
13:56 when it shall be reported, The king Ahasuerus commanded Vashti
14:00 the queen to be brought in before him, but she came not.
14:02 Likewise shall the ladies of Persia and Media say this day
14:07 unto all the king's princes, which have heard of the deed of
14:10 the queen. Thus shall there arise too much contempt
14:14 and wrath. If it please the king let there go a royal
14:18 commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the
14:21 Persians and the Medes, that it be not altered, That Vashti come
14:25 no more before king Ahasuerus; and let the king give her royal
14:28 estate unto another that is better than she.
14:31 Thank you for joining with me today to read the word of God.
14:35 Please join me again next time. Until then, may God bless us all
14:39 with his love and mercy.