Good Friday, the day whereby we remember the price that Jesus Christ paid the most horrific and gruesome price for our sins, so that we may receive life and salvation, just because He loves us that much.
I finished reading the book of Nehemiah a few weeks ago and what I kept pondering upon was how Nehemiah constantly reminded The Lord to remember Him for good. This was of great significance, because the very prevalent issue in the Old Testament and even in our present day is that when a good leader dies, the people automatically backslides, but is it really only good works that The Lord will remember you for?
Well let’s discover this together as we get deep into the message.
Moses Retreats From His People To Spend Time With God
When Moses went to seek the face of The Lord for forty days and forty nights, He had a glorious encounter in the presence of The Lord. An a encounter whereby I do not think any one has ever experienced that has been quite like that between Moses and God, so much so that God referred to Moses as His friend.It’s why I’m so passionate about Exodus, the friendship between God and Moses is one that I am so very fond of. That being said, whilst Moses spent time with God on Mount Sinai his people quickly forgot about God. People compromised, including the high priest Aaron, who was a great companion of Moses. They forgot about how God delivered them and the great and mighty miracles that God had fulfilled in Egypt.
The people backslid.
“And the LORD said to Moses, “Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves.” Exodus 32:7
“Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation.” Exodus 32:10
However, Moses did what every great leader must do for his people, he interceded for them.
“Then Moses pleaded with the LORD his God, and said: “ LORD, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?” Exodus 32:11
“Why should the Egyptians speak, and say, ‘He brought them out to harm them, to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth’? Turn from Your fierce wrath, and relent from this harm to Your people.” Exodus 32:12
Then Moses asked The Lord to do what is the main topic of this blog post, he asked The Lord to remember His people for good.
“Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, Your servants, to whom You swore by Your own self, and said to them, ‘I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven; and all this land that I have spoken of I give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it forever.’ ”” Exodus 32:13
And when Moses asked of such a request, just look at God’s reaction.
“So the LORD relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people.” Exodus 32:14
Now, according to Romans 4 it clearly states that God does not remember us for our good works, but in actually fact he remembers us for believing in Him, for if we are remembered by our works we have something to boast about.
“For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”” Romans 4:3
“Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt.” Romans 4:4
Now can you imagine if there was not a person that Moses could use as a point of reference, for God to remember as being good? Maybe then the request of Moses may have been rejected. Which brings me to ask ourselves as Christians, are we being remembered for good?
Nehemiah Requests For A Short Term Leave To Carry Out Tasks
Let’s look at Nehemiah. Nehemiah requested to have a few days away from His people to extend his mission, but when he returned he found that the house of The Lord had been defiled.
“But during all this I was not in Jerusalem, for in the thirty-second year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon I had returned to the king. Then after certain days I obtained leave from the king,” Nehemiah 13:6
“and I came to Jerusalem and discovered the evil that Eliashib had done for Tobiah, in preparing a room for him in the courts of the house of God.” Nehemiah 13:7
“And it grieved me bitterly; therefore I threw all the household goods of Tobiah out of the room.” Nehemiah 13:8
Reminds me of Matthew 21:13 when God’s people began misusing the house The Lord, and Jesus responded; ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!”
We must be careful of what we allow into the church. For the things that are not of God that we welcome and entertain, has the power to influence and destroy. It’s the reason why great leaders that love The Lord and Jesus that loves His people, responded in such great anger when evil is welcomed into a place that is supposed to be good. Nehemiah had fulfilled many great assignments according to the perfect will of God, yet he constantly reminded God to remember him. He was not only a just man, but a humble man also, committed to rebuilding the wall, dedicated to interceding for his people and accountable to ensuring that the legacy of walking in Spirit and Truth, was imparted into others before he died. Yet as much as he interceded for his people and ensured that the work of God would continue, there was no guarantee that their hearts would stay loyal to to God.
You see the truth is that the loyalty of a man will most definitely always change, it really is in our nature. The only Man that will never change is King Jesus, you can be rest assured that He is the Ancient of days and will forever remain the same. You can therefore always put your trust in The Lord, and I believe Nehemiah caught this revelation in his mission of rebuilding. You see, regardless of whether his people remembered God or not, he was determined that God would remembered him. He prayed for his people, he loved The Lord, he fulfilled his will. At the end of the day it’s between you and God. As much as we are called to win souls for the Kingdom of God, we must also remember to strive for our own salvation.
For it’s just like when the scripture says ‘what’s the point of gaining the whole world only to lose your soul?’ Well, what is also the point of being about your Father’s business, only to discover on judgement day that in actual fact God did not know who you are, and you end up perishing in the everlasting lake of fire? What an absolute tragedy that would be. You see that’s why the scripture says that;
“But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,” Romans 4:5
“just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works:” Romans 4:6
““Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered;” Romans 4:7
“Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin.”” Romans 4:8
Nehemiah’s constant reminder to The Lord to remember him, was synonymous to the prayer of repentance of David, and to the sayings of Isaiah whom said woe it’s me I am undone, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the middle of people with unclean lips. It’s this constant reminder that is in actual fact a constant prayer of repentance and humility. All of which the lord requires of us and love. It is remembering that we are unworthy and that it is only by His grace, mercy and love that we are even privileged to be called the sons and daughters of God.
Remember me, O God, concerning this, and do not wipe out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God, and for it’s services! Nehemiah 13:14
Remember me, O my God, for good! Nehemiah 13:30
Jesus and The Two Criminals Upon The Cross
This is when Romans 4 comes into fruition. A reminder that Jesus remembers us not for our good works alone, but for our belief in Him.
“There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death.” Luke 23:32
“And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.” Luke 23:33
“Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.” Luke 23:34
Again, do we recognise the importance of interceding on behalf of others? Jesus constantly intercedes on our behalf, He is our greatest intercessor!
“Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.”” Luke 23:39
“But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation?” Luke 23:40
“And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.”” Luke 23:41
“Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”” Luke 23:42
“And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”” Luke 23:43
This scripture confirms that Jesus will surely remember you, but first you must believe in Him for that is the only source of righteousness that is recognised by The Lord of All. Brethren, Jesus died, He resurrected and He is coming very soon. Now is the time for you and I to repent, sincerely from our hearts. John the Baptist preached; “Repent! For the Kingdom of GOD is at hand.” Many great leaders of the bible repented and pleaded with The Lord to remember them.
My question is, do you know Jesus and do you know if Jesus remembers you?
““Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” John 14:1
“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:2
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:3
“And where I go you know, and the way you know.”” John 14:4
“Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”” John 14:5
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6💝🙏
Now please worship the King of kings and The Lord of lords with me! For He has risen, My Jesus is alive!♥️🙌
I believe in Jesus
I believe He is The Son of GOD
I believe He died and rose again.
I believe He came for us all.
I believe that He’s here now.
Standing in our midst
Here with the power to heal now
(With the power to heal now)
And the grace to forgive.♥️
Lord prepare me
To be a Sanctuary
Pure and Holy
Tried and True
I’ll be a living
I surrender all
I surrender all
All to Him my Blessed Saviour
I surrender all.🙏