Sunday, August 11, 2013

On 8-18-13, Nehemiah 12:27-38, 43 or 12:27-36, 38, 43 will be our Adult Sunday School/Uniform Series/International Sunday School Lesson herein is my commentary. This lesson is known by some as Dedication of the Wall

Dedication of the Wall
Nehemiah 12:27-38, 43 or 12:27-36, 38, 43
International Sunday School Lesson
August 18, 2013

Jed Greenough

Some scripture when you read it brings to mind startling imagery in the mind’s eye.  For me at least today’s scripture does just that.  When I read it my mouth may have literally opened in astonishment!  I didn’t have any trouble visualizing these men high atop the giant temple wall.  I didn’t have any trouble imagining the joyous celebration as I could almost hear the instruments and voices.
I thought though, why atop the wall?  For affect?  I didn’t think so.  For everything we read all involved were not thinking about themselves but making it about God.
When I considered that, I was reminded of how last week we had them as an example and probably as was meant to be their example still continues.  And again it got me to thinking about what we do today.
When we read today’s scripture we see that they mention prescribed instruments.  Does that mean that we shouldn’t use other instrument?  I don’t believe so.  Nor do I belive that we must march atop a wall literally because they did.
What I do think though is in our church celebrations we need to stop!  Stop and evaluate.  If under examination we can honestly say in the affirmative that all involved are not atop figurative walls for reasons of grandstanding, for reasons of selfishness and pride.  Just like the fact that not all should be leading us through preaching and teaching not all can or should be leading or participating in musical worship.
Some may say, “Oh, come on, he’s taking this too far!”  I would say God is consistent in being a God of order and the Bible is consistent in showing that everything is to bring glory to God and not to ourselves.
Therefore, all of our celebrations must be examined to make sure that what is really involved is 100 percent bringing glory to God.  Not to the players and not to recipients.  If it isn’t you know what needs to happen.

For Discussion:
1.      Let’s be honest.  In church in Christian concert there are those involved who have become prideful who are making it about themselves even if it’s just a little—even listeners.  Discuss
2.      If you agree or not, discuss why even those who are involved in celebrations must be chosen.
3.      If you agree and feel that some who participate and receive have let pride or not making it all about bringing glory to God than discuss it.
4.      Discuss what can be done to change the situation.
5.      Discuss not just church but other Christian celebrations.
6.      Wouldn’t it be great to find an image or images of today’s scripture.
Upcoming Lessons:
8-18-13:  Dedication of the Wall Nehemiah 12:27-38, 43 or 12:27-36, 38, 43
8-25-13:  Sabbath Reforms Nehemiah 13:10-12, 15-22

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved


  1. It all comes back to the heart intent. Even if the drummer is playing only because he loves drums, I, the worshipper, can meet God in the music. On the other hand, certainly all church leaders, which includes musicians, should be CALLED into their ministry. It is the responsibility of the elders or other church administrators to put into place a means of determining whether or not one should serve. This includes childcare, music ministry, and whatever else. As a worshiper, I am focused on the worship, but yes, there does need to be a spiritual standard for serving in a church.

  2. Amen, very eloquent, thanks, Jed