Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Neh. 7:4-8:12


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Nehemiah Chapter Seven

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. The enumeration of the returnees is virtually identical to the account given in Ezra (Neh. 7:5-72 cf. Ezra 2:1-70).
    1. Nehemiah made use of a previously written record (Neh. 7:5).
    2. 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

  1. 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).
    1. 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).
    2. Bible class was freely available to the assembly of men, women and all the children who could listen with understanding (Neh. 8:2-3).
    3. This first class by Ezra (Neh. 8:1) was followed by additional daily teaching (Neh. 8:1,13,18).
    4. The preaching began at dawn and continued until midday, and the people maintained their attentiveness throughout (Neh. 8:3).
    5. Purposeful pulpit preaching flanked by faithful fellows (Neh. 8:4).
    6. Sitting, standing, bowing, Amen and Amen! (Neh. 8:5-6).
    7. Follow-up explanations by a team of Levitical teaching assistants (Neh. 8:7).
    8. Exegetical exposition specifically provided for the comprehension of the material (Neh. 8:8).
  2. Nehemiah encouraged the worshippers to look forward in joy rather than looking back in guilt (Neh. 8:9-12). 
    1. Accurate preaching can spark incredible remorse, which must be transformed into a joyous celebration (Ps. 126:1-3; 19:8-11).
    2. What a privilege to stand in the council of the Lord (Jer. 23:18,22 cf. 1st Cor. 2:16).

(Chapter Eight continues tomorrow)