What a blessed result of the Bible-study of the previous chapter. It led to confession, separation from evil association and worship. It is good to review the dealings of God with us and with our people in bygone days. There are hilltops in our experience where the air is clear, and we can see the way by which we have been led. At such times we look beyond second causes to the great Orderer of our lives, and our history is one perpetual assertion of THOU. The history of God’s dealings with Israel is an epitome of His dealings with ourselves. The choice in Ur, the redemption from Egypt, the wilderness wanderings, the land of rest-all these have their counterparts in our life-story. Side by side with the story of God’s care runs the story of transgression, Neh 9:16-18. The gold and black strands are closely interwoven. In the midst of God’s best gifts, we break out into sin; yet He still gives us His good spirit, and withholds not the manna which He promised, Neh 9:20.