Nehemiah 11:1 to 12:43
Some people relocate in order for Jerusalem to flourish. It’s quite a step (!) and underlines the city’s central role in shaping national identity, focussing worship and guiding how the people live. The newly-rebuilt wall is dedicated as part of worship that’s carefully planned and everyone joins in wholeheartedly (cf. 12.43). We can learn a lot about worship from this passage. It may also challenge us about how we prepare and what we bring to God in worship. Is our focus on serving Him and dedicating ourselves in His service when we gather together?