*Did you know the first fire forged brass nail appeared in Egypt in 3400B.C.? Neither did I until today. Nails are measured in length from 2d to 12d and up. The d stands for the Roman denarius, hence today we call them 2 penny, etc. There is a right nail for every carpentry job. That means there are numerous nails to choose from. To use the wrong nail can result in a weak connection.
Chapter 9 of Ezra begins with his hearing and lamenting over the unfaithfulness of the escaped remnant to follow the Lord. They had disregarded the Lord’s commandment and “mingled themselves with the people of those lands.”
When Ezra realized their unfaithfulness, he mourned their sin and went before God confessing the sin, even identifying with it. There is a lesson in unity here but that is for another day. Then in verses 8 & 9 he extols God with these words:
“And now for a little space grace hath been shewed from the LORD our God,
to leave us a remnant to escape,
and to give us a nail in his holy place,
that our God may lighten our eyes,
and give us a little reviving in our bondage.
For we were bondmen:
yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage,
but hath extended mercy unto us
in the sight of the kings of Persia,
to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God,
and to repair the desolations thereof,
and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem.”
My question for this week, What nail for what job is Ezra speaking of? And what does it have to do with us?
Please, share your ideas in the comments. I hope to share my thoughts on Wednesday.
Since worship is a 24/7 lifestyle let’s take this opportunity to grow in our personal worship with the Lord, as we remember to encourage our brothers and sisters through the technology available, written word and prayer for one another. We may not be able to physically join together this weekend but we are one in Christ and God is on the throne.
*Information gathered from Bob Formasano at thespruce.com