每日诗歌: 主的恩典乃是一生之久 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81VH9SRIF4U)
Nehemiah 7 [Read]
Nehemiah 8 [Read]
Acts 3 [Read]
For my generation, most of us did not own many toys or sophisticated games growing up. But to this day, I still remember some very primitive games we played while we were young. We learned to cherish the few things we had. In contrast, the kids nowadays have many choices. As a result, they would just throw away fancy toys and games. That’s human nature. We don’t cherish things that come easily to us.
That’s not the case for the exile upon their return. All the people gathered as one man in the square, and they told Ezra to bring out the book of the Law (Neh 8:1). They were united, and they took the initiative by asking Ezra to tell them about God’s Law. As Ezra read the Law to them, they listened attentively to him (8:3). How can any shepherd of God not be moved by this?
Ezra opened the Law, and they all stood up (8:5). As he praised the LORD, the people responded enthusiastically with “Amen! Amen!” (8:6). Then, they bowed down and worshiped the LORD. They were not carried away by their zeal for their God, and they showed the proper respect towards his word and his servants.
Upon hearing the word, they were all weeping (8:9). Why? Was it out of shame for they realized what they had done against the holy God, or did they feel emotional to hear those things read to them in a rebuilt Jerusalem? I suspect it’s a combination of both. One thing for sure, they truly appreciated the preciousness of God’ word now.
They did not stop at hearing the word, though. They also wanted to follow it. It was the seventh month, and they wanted to observe the feast of booths (8:14). They put up booths everywhere they could, and that was the first time in one thousand years for the nation to celebrate with such an enthusiasm (8:17). Everyone greatly rejoiced for this occasion. Following the Law was no longer a burden but a joyful practice.
“O taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who take refuge in him!” (Ps 34:8). I pray that God will continue to open our eyes and ears to see and hear his revelation to all of us, for his word is indeed more precious than gold and sweeter than honey (Ps 19:10).
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