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May 31 Today’s Reading: Nehemiah 13-Esther 1
“Remember me, O my God, for good.”
We have now reached the end of Nehemiah. What zeal for God we have seen in this man! He served God and his generation with wisdom and grace. Yet, as he finished his work, this man was still a mercy beggar at the throne of grace. His prayer, O my God, is my prayer. Give me grace to make it my prayer throughout my appointed days. — “Remember me, O my God, for good!”
“They read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people.” — When they heard God's holy will read, that the stranger should be separated from Israel, the people obeyed. How very important it is that we read the word of God in our churches, in our homes, and in our closets. O blessed Book of God! The merciful epistle sent down from heaven ought to be our meditation all the day and through the night. O blessed Lord Jesus, holy Lamb of God, alone worthy to open the book and loose the seals, open to my soul all the wondrous things of your law. And open my heart to the right understanding of it, that I may separate all that is mixed and corrupt in my heart, and cast it out.
God's people have always been taught, as here, to keep separate from all others, never to mingle with them, much less to form alliances with them, and learn their ways, and the ways of their gods. See then that you come out from among them and touch not the unclean thing.
The royalty and liberality of this Persian monarch immediately directs my mind to the Lord Jesus in his royalty and grace. The extent of the bounty and great majesty of this earthly potentate sinks to nothing before our great King. Ahasuerus’ kingdom included 127 provinces, stretching from India to Ethiopia. Our Savior’s dominion is “from sea to sea, and from the river even unto the ends of the earth.” He has “all power in heaven and in earth,” and “the keys of hell and the grave.”
Ahasuerus’ feast lasted 140 days. When it was over, nothing followed but sickness and sorrow. Not so with our King! The eternal and everlasting day to which he invites poor sinners and in which he entertains all who come to him, whom he has made “kings and priests unto God and the Father,” knows no end! Not only does our Savior King cause us to feast with him, and he with us, he graciously causes us sit down with him on his throne, as he has overcome and is seated with his Father on his throne!
And in this one eternal, never-ending feast of grace, from which the guests shall go out no more, there is nothing to nauseate, nothing unpleasant, nothing unhealthy for our souls. All is light, and joy, and peace, and unspeakable blessedness! Here our incomparable Savior King openly shows the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honor of his excellent majesty! Here he brings his redeemed into a perfect acquaintance with himself, and opens to our unceasing astonishment and delight the wonders of his person and the wonders of his love, and fills our ravished souls “with joy unspeakable and full of glory,” in the knowledge of “the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ.”