Passage: Nehemiah 10:1~39  

Key verse: 29

1. An important decision (10:1-29)

The civil and religious leaders and those recognized as leaders among the people wrote down their new commitment and signed it. They and the people they represented decided to make God's word the law of the land. They studied the Bible and decided to accept it as God's word to them.

2. Practical fruit of their decision (10:30-39)

Real obedience to God's word touches the most sensitive and important parts of a person's life. The first area mentioned is marriage; then business dealings; then offerings. The offerings included material contributions for the support of the temple, the dedication of time, and the dedication of children to God. They promised to put God first in their lives-before family or material possessions.

Prayer: Lord, help me to study your word and live by it; help me to put you first in my heart and life.

One Word: Commit my heart and life to God