It should be noted that Nehemiah is a part of the books in the Bible that are called the historical books of the Old Testament, which basically tells the story of how God made all and chose to make Himself known to a people who will become a holy nation, upon which a kingdom bearing His name will dwell among other nations in the world. Nehemiah is the last historical book which deals with the return of Israelite exiles to Jerusalem.
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 NIV)
To most of us a sword is a long, edged piece of metal, used for cutting, thrusting, and as a weapon. For those of us who grew up watching cartoons, the image of Voltes V, carving a flaming letter ‘V’ in the body of an enemy ‘Beastfighter,’ would be how we would picture out the way someone would use a sword.
Another Glimpse of Heaven
As we would see in the prophet Isiah’s vision which again gives us a glimpse of Heaven and the worship given by the heavenly beings to the Lord who is seated on the throne.
God revealed Himself to the prophet in a vision that prompted him of his personal sinfulness, and revealed to him the truth that by ourselves we are totally unworthy of God and His fellowship if not for Christ.
A view from Heaven
The passage gives us a view from Heaven which gives us an idea of what awaits us there: it is eternal worship to God who is truly worthy of worship because He is God. Every glimpse of Heaven that we have in the Bible is always a glimpse of worship and rejoicing because God is who He is.1
God demands, seeks and requests our worship because He deserves it, because it is the nature and destiny of a Christian to worship Him.2