Tuesday, August 20, 2013Author: Charles Robinson
(Last modified: 2013-08-20 15:18:32)
Source: The Herald-News
Why is the house of God forsaken? (Nehemiah 13:11)
It appears that the spiritual and moral level of our nation rises or falls in proportion to the depth of devotion of its citizens to public worship. This was a problem within ancient Israel before, during and after the Babylonian captivity. In Nehemiahís day it became a major problem, and he resorted to drastic means to deal with it [Nehemiah 13:21]. Nehemiah realized that his nation could not prosper to the fullest extent of Godís blessing if public worship continued to be flouted. Then, as now, commerce and industry invaded the day of worship and desecrated it. Buying and selling, though not sinful in themselves, became hurtful abuses of the holy day.
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