Nehemiah 8 and 9 (#1043)
Good morning! Delighted to talk to you on this Penatcost Sunday. Again, this is not the exact date that Pentacost happened, but it did happen at this time of year. And, there is a basic church calendar that many gruops follow that have the date of Easter, Christmas, and that sort of thing. So, this is the date celebrated around the world as Pentacost. And, it is so interesting because Pentacost is the day that God chose to establish the Age of Grace. We know that in the Old Testament, as we’ll read today in Nehemiah, there was a convenant between God and His people that was based on having the males circumcised, and the people following the law and doing various other things. And, our covenant we have today, the New Covenant, is based on getting born-again and having the Holy Spirit, and that is the main thing. Just like circumcism was the sort of symbol or token of the covenant between God and man in the Old Testament, it is the gift of Holy Spirit that is the token today. There was a period in the Gospels where water-baptism was involved, but that really went away: Jesus Christ and perhaps even John the Baptist said “I baptise you with water, but in the days ahead you’ll be baptised with Holy Spirit and with fire,” and that is what started on the day of Pentacost. So, I’m glad the church community is taking time to celebrate that and remmeber that great gift of holy spirit that came on the day of Pentacost when the Christian Church, what we call the call the Church of the Body, began. There was also a Church of the Gospels called the Church of the Bride, which again, they had water baptism, but today, we have baptism by holy spirit by getting born again, which started on the day of Pentacost. So, with no further ado, let’s go to Nehemiah chapter eight….
As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20220605. All rights reserved.
Verse Listing and Notes
Nehemiah 8 Returning to the word
Nehemiah 9 Renewing the covenant