People are terrible, and God’s people (sometimes) are the worst!
We’re not that different from the people in Nehemiah’s day
“Man is of his own nature, fleshly and carnal, corrupt, sinful and disobedient to God without any spark of goodness in him, without any virtuous or Godly motion; only given to evil thoughts and deeds.” ~ Scott Baker
Many years have gone by since man failed to obey. Unable to help ourselves, though we try, for by one man, all have gone astray; The goodness of man? Still a lie. Depravity then; corruption today.
This world lies in darkness with no lasting satisfaction. Chasing after the wind and every form of vile distraction; never considering the end of the chase. ~DW
Nehemiah: 10-11 Nehemiah 9:36-38 First term: no foreign women Deuteronomy 7:1-4 1 Kings 11:4-8 Second term: keep the sabbath Exodus 20:8-11 Third term: give tithes and offerings 2 Corinthians 8:7 2 Corinthians 9:7
The terms of their “deal with God”: We’ll honor You in our relationships. We’ll honor You in our time. We’ll honor You in our finances.
We can’t really make deals with God. Acts 17:24-25, 28 NIV “God, I will do whatever you want me to, no matter the result.”