Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah - Session 10

Status message

  • Active context: global
  • Active context: blog

Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah - Session 10

Scripture: Nehemiah 8:1-12|
Sermon: Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah - Week 10

Scripture: Nehemiah 8:1-12|
Sermon: Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah - Week 10

And all the people gathered as one man into the square before  the Water Gate. And they told  Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel. So Ezra the priest  brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard,  on the first day of the seventh month. And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law. And Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform that they had made for the purpose. And beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand, and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam on his left hand. And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood. And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered,  "Amen, Amen,"  lifting up their hands.  And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lordwith their faces to the ground. Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites, helped the people to understand the Law, while the people remained in their places. They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.

And Nehemiah, who was  the governor, and Ezra  the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people,  "This day is holy to the Lord your God;  do not mourn or weep." For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. Then he said to them, "Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, "Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved." And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.

-Nehemiah 8:1-12


Revived By His Word
Pardon Mwanza

Nehemiah records how the people assembled in the seventh month and asked Ezra, the priest, to read the Word of God to them, which he did.  He read it from morning until noon.  Then he praised the Lord, the great God, and all the people responded, "Amen and Amen!"  

The study of the Word of God always precedes reformation and revival.  Always!  It is when people hear the will of God through the written word that their hearts are pierced and they desire a change of heart and mind.  If the word of God was read more often and taught more often to people, there would come a reformation and revival such as the world had never witnessed.  It is because the word of God is neglected that we see so little reformation and revival.

As people read the word of God new discoveries of the things they are supposed to engage in for God's glory will be revealed to them.  It was thus that these "Word-Seeking" people rediscovered the importance of the feasts of the seventh month.

People wept.  They grieved and mourned.  When God's word is heard, it causes those who hear to sorrow over their departure from His will and the Holy Spirit creates a craving for what is righteous.  The result is the turning to God - the doing of His will.  When people start living a life of loyalty to God, God gives them great gladness of heart.