The revival under Nehemiah found its origin in God’s Word. It moved then to the prayer life of the people and into a recognition of sin followed by confession, repentance with a deep passion to live free from the slavery to sin. It reached deep into the hearts of the people to follow God’s ways.

To demonstrate the sincerity of their revival, Nehemiah records the rededication of the people to give to God’s work. They make another promise to God. They say, “We obligate ourselves to bring the firstfruits of our ground and the firstfruits of all fruit of every tree, year by year, to the house of the Lord.” They also vow to bring “the firstborn of our herds and of our flocks; ?and to bring the first of our dough, …to bring to the Levites the tithes from our ground…”

The scriptures are full of promises related to the tithing to God’s Work. We read in Proverbs 3:9-10, “Honor the Lord with your wealth and the firstfruits from all your crops. Then your barns will be full, and your wine barrels will overflow with new wine.”  In Malachi 3:10 we read, “Bring to the storehouse a full tenth  of what you earn so there will be food in my house.  Test me in this.… I will open the windows of heaven  for you and pour out all the blessings you need.”  In Luke 6:38, Jesus confirms this principle. He says, “Give, and you will receive. You will be given much.  Pressed down, shaken together, and running over,  it will spill into your lap.”

Spurgeon, a preacher of long ago, said, ” Earn all you can, save all you can, and then give all you can. Never try to save out of God’s cause; such money will canker the rest. Giving to God is no loss; it is putting your substance into the best bank. Giving is true having, as the old gravestone said of the dead man, ‘What I spent I had, what I saved I lost, what I gave I have.'”

“Search again for the Lord your God. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him.” (Deuteronomy 4:29)