Many of us, over the years, have memorized scripture. We memorize it because these are God’s words to us. They inspire us, help us, teach us. Paul wrote that all of scripture is inspired and so it’s all valuable to teach, to guide, to help us. Here’s a verse for you to memorize,
Bunni, Azgad, Bebal, -Nehemiah 10:15
Hopefully, you’re smiling, aren’t you? You are thinking how can this verse help me? As I read this verse, among a list of other names, it struck me that in a world where we seem to disappear into the crowd of billions God still sees us. God sees me. He sees you. He knows my name.
I picked this verse from the many in this passage because here are three men you will never hear about in history or literature. We will never know more about them other than their names and these simple facts:
- They lived during the difficult days of Nehemiah as they rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem.
- They were leaders of the people.
- And, most important, they signed their names to the list of those who promised to follow and obey God.
- Now, for more than 3,000 years, their names are read and remembered by millions who have no idea who they were, but God knows.
Paul wrote that all of scripture is profitable, so as I read a verse like this I wonder how this verse helps me, guides me, teaches me. Here’s what I get from it….God sees. He notices those who follow him. He sees us. Psalms says God is intimate with the righteous and here, among a list of 44 names, are three who decided to follow and obey God in difficult days. Because of their faith, we will know their names. They promised to follow and obey God. We will know nothing more about them until we see the Lord, but we know this… God knew them and He knows you and I.