Text: Nehemiah 8-10; Psalm 119:17-32
When the Book of the Law is read aloud in the presence of the assembly of all Israel, it has a profound effect. It launches God’s people into a lengthy time of worship and repentance. The Word does that – it stirs God’s people to get right with Him, to worship Him, and to serve Him. One scene that caught the attention of my underlining pencil is in Nehemiah 9:3:
And they stood up in their place and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day; for another quarter of it they made confession and worshiped the Lord their God.
Imagine that. Three hours of Bible reading followed by three hours of confession and worship. And this is just one day in what was a worship service that literally lasted weeks. That sounds pretty extreme in the context of today’s Church, but not int he context of, say, attending a football game. Add up the hours for travel, traffic, tailgating and the game and six hours makes sense. Games are fun to attend, but the Word is able to transform lives and nations. Oh that we would invest our time so wisely as did the Hebrews of Nehemiah’s account.
in Him, Mike