Sep. 12. Wall Dedicated/Responsibilities Assigned

Neh. 12:27-47

The completion of the Jerusalem wall and the genealogical registration of the people was a time for great celebration, reflection and resolution—confessions of transgressions and penitent promises. Timing was perfect for observing the Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles. Prior to the dedication, the priests and Levites purified themselves and purified the people, gates and the wall. Activities included thanksgiving and singing praises to God. Two thanksgiving choirs were appointed to blend their voices in worship to the Lord. The first choir was led by Ezra as they walked on the wall to the right. Nehemiah followed the other choir as they walked on the wall to the left. Both choirs met at the Gate of the Prison where they united in songs of worship. Other temple responsibilities were also assigned to various individuals.