The Children of Parosh

Nehemiah 7:8 The children of Parosh, two thousand an hundred seventy and two.

Parosh means “a flea; the fruit of a moth” … small parasitic insects … it suggests smallness and insignificance and dependence on others. It suggests vulnerability. God gathers the vulnerable, small and dependent as well as the bold, large and strong. There is a mercy with God that avails like rain that falls on the righteous as well as the unrighteous. Be sensitive as a leader to the small and the insignificant, those who look like they have nothing to contribute …they are God’s children, that should be enough. Learn to be kind to the weak and patient with those who cannot stand like we want them to.

Do not ask weary people to stand …help them, some will need a shoulder to lean on and one can be tempted to throw them away. God numbers the children of Parosh as part of His congregation that He has brought to their land again from captivity. Is it not instructive that the weak are the first to be mentioned in this census, after the leaders? I sense that they are special to God, though weak and apparently of little value to God. Do not build a team that does not accommodate the handicapped.

Remember Mephibosheth and how David was gracious in leadership towards him.

2Sa_9:11 Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king’s sons.

Verses for further meditation
Job 4:3 ; 2 Cor 12:10

Thoughts for Business and the work place
Diversity in your team can be powerful in the sense that it accommodates a spectrum of capabilities and seeks out the disadvantaged for an opportunity to be blessed and used of God.

Suggestions for Prayer
Lord, teach us not to discount those you have not excluded from your blessing of restoration. Amen

As Nehemiah’s wall was built,  so will we see a reconstruction in all that may appear in distress and in waste.  Nehemiah trusted and feared God, putting his faith in the Almighty whose strength is limitless to exceed all our expectations. Look out daily for Nehemiah’s Wall in 2015 and do invite friends to subscribe to the free email or social media posts.

I am praying someone with a burden to be used by God in building will receive a fresh vision and get the job done.

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Facts are not Truth

Gen 42:29 And they came unto Jacob their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell unto them; saying, 30 The man, who is the lord of the land, spake roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country. 31 And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies: 32 We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan. 33 And the man, the lord of the country, said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the famine of your households, and be gone: 34 And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffick in the land. 35 And it came to pass as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man’s bundle of money was in his sack: and when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid.

A preacher once explained to me the difference between truth and facts. Facts are an accurate narration of what happened from the record of the perspective of the recorder. Truth is the complete picture of reality. Christ says He is the Truth. We deal often only with facts. All that was relayed to Jacob are the facts of the trip to Egypt, but only from the perspective of the brothers of Joseph. The truth is far from the facts in this situation and indeed in many cases. The brothers do not lie this time, neither do they exaggerate … but facts are easy to twist and history has suffered much in the hands of the humanity of its authors. Jesus Christ says … He is the same, yesterday, today and forever. The Rock of Ages. Unchangeable, immutable, faithful and ever true.

I do not deny the facts of the situation before you nor do I controvert the evidence you are faced with. I agree you have been given a report – but factual as it may be … it is very untrue. Whose report will you believe? The word of God – the truth that remains forever or a situation report that will be updated tomorrow. The facts are not useless, nor are we to shun ourselves from the news … but we need to hear the truth – the word of God constantly to interpret the facts and not base all we know and feel on a temporal scenario.

Be strong – even though the facts are flooded with the fears of the brethren. The truth remains firmly unchanged even though we do not seem to discern it. The report of Jacob’s sons were far from the truth. Find the truth today in the word of God. His report speaks of healing, restoration and another chance.


It is not meet for Saints to fear, Nor for them to despair
For when they least expect His help; The Savior will appear.

When Abraham took up his knife, God’s voice said to him ” stop”
The yonder ram caught by the horn shall substitute thy son.

With such great might and love as this – abounding in His word;
I pray to bring my anxious cares and leave them all to Him.

Lift up your eyes and wait His help – it may be long but wait;
Though the promise may tarry long, It shall soon come to pass.

Prayer: O Lord, Lord help my unbelief. Amen

The Songs of Joseph is an integration of encouragement scriptural devotions, prayers and a compendium of songs of mercy, salvation, new beginnings and victory.  We can expect as we trust and obey that our end will indeed be ultimately glorious  because God works His marvellous agenda.   Be blessed as you read and sing along, daily.   Edited by  Bolade Apampa 

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