hen the people of God understand and follow God’s Word (laws) there is always great results, beginning in their lives and spilling throughout the world.
Nehemiah 8:8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
Scripture Exposition – Every Christian must read, understand and follow God’s Word
1. God’s Word must be read and taught
a. From the pulpit v4
b. It must be the Word of God v5a
c. It must be taught distinctly v8a
d. It must make sense v8b
(a) It must be clear
2. They must acknowledge the relevant of
the Word v5
a. The children of God must listen intently
(1)They stood up (for the reading) v5c
b. Ezra blessed the Lord v6a
(1) The great God v6b
c. The people said “Amen” v6d
3. God must be praised and worshipped v6
a. The meeting must be “Holy” v9f
b. The hearing of the Word must bring Joy
v9g (Morn not, nor weep) they wept
c. They lifted up their hands v6e
d. They bowed their heads v6f
e. They worshiped the Lord v6g
(1) Their face on the ground
4. They must understand the Law
a. They must be made to understand v7n
b. They received the Law (Word) 7o
5. The Result: Repentance, Deliverance:
a. It brings Joy – Go your way v10b
(1) Eat the fat, drink the sweet v10b,c
(2) Share the joy (witness) v10d
(3) It revives “The joy of the Lord is your
6. The ultimate result: Great witnessing
will begin at the house into the entire
a.The people went their way v12a
b.They followed the command v12b
Close:What did you get out of this message today?Did you see where you must improve in order for God to make a difference in you, and through you; a difference in the church, your home, the community and ultimately the world?
Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together
Verse by Verse (KJV)
(1) all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel.
(2) Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.
(3) he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until , before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.
(4) Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.
(5) Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:
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(6) Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
(7)o Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place.
(8)they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
(9)nd Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.
(10)he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
(11)he Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.
(12)all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.