Today’s reading is: Neh. 7:4-8:12
Nehemiah Chapter Seven
(Outline continues from yesterday)
- The enumeration of the returnees is virtually identical to the account given in Ezra (Neh. 7:5-72 cf. Ezra 2:1-70).
- Nehemiah made use of a previously written record (Neh. 7:5).
- Those who could not verify their lineage were excluded until they could be Divinely validated (Neh. 7:64-65). Urim and Thummim privileges returned to the High Priest (Neh. 7:65 & Ezr. 2:63).
Nehemiah Chapter Eight
- Within the security of the Jerusalem walls, the people of Jerusalem told Ezra the Scribe to teach them from the Word of God (Neh. 8:1-8).
- The general population was united in spirit, intent on one purpose (Neh. 8:1 cf. Ezr. 3:1; Phil. 2:2). Important to note that unity can also be quite harmful (Jdg. 20:1).
- Bible class was freely available to the assembly of men, women and all the children who could listen with understanding (Neh. 8:2-3).
- This first class by Ezra (Neh. 8:1) was followed by additional daily teaching (Neh. 8:1,13,18).
- The preaching began at dawn and continued until midday, and the people maintained their attentiveness throughout (Neh. 8:3).
- Purposeful pulpit preaching flanked by faithful fellows (Neh. 8:4).
- Sitting, standing, bowing, Amen and Amen! (Neh. 8:5-6).
- Follow-up explanations by a team of Levitical teaching assistants (Neh. 8:7).
- Exegetical exposition specifically provided for the comprehension of the material (Neh. 8:8).
- Nehemiah encouraged the worshippers to look forward in joy rather than looking back in guilt (Neh. 8:9-12).
- Accurate preaching can spark incredible remorse, which must be transformed into a joyous celebration (Ps. 126:1-3; 19:8-11).
- What a privilege to stand in the council of the Lord (Jer. 23:18,22 cf. 1st Cor. 2:16).
(Chapter Eight continues tomorrow)