is a simple outline for you to think about and meditate on. The introduction,
main thoughts and conclusion need further material to be added. It is an
outline for you to expand, develop more fully and fill in to spiritual profit
THE PRE-EMINENCE OF GOD’S WORD
Here we see God’s Word coming into
its rightful place and a due emphasis placed upon it. The Book of the Law had
been both neglected and rejected and the consequence had proved disastrous. Now
there was not only a retuning to God, but also to His Word and from this real
amendment was to proceed and experience a state of divine blessedness. This was
to be a crucial stance and step in a forward movement. It was what God was
wanting to so and on this occasion must have been pleased by what He witnessed.
The prominent given to the Book can be noted:
1/. IN THE PLATFORM GIVEN TO IT- Nehemiah 8: 4
The pulpit and its due prominence
signaled the importance of the Word not the reader. It is the first record of a
pulpit and from this possibly starts the introduction of the pulpit. It was to
be a wholesome habit and practise. Attention was being drawn to an important
2/. IN THE PERSON USED TO READ IT – Nehemiah 8: 4
Ezra, a good and able man, one
well-versed in the divine Writings, was the appointed person to do the reading.
He would be the kind of individual to read it well and read it in a pleasing,
understandable way. The Book meant something to him and it
would come out in ministry as he read.
3/. IN THE REVERENCE OF IT – Nehemiah 8:3,6
They rose to hear it read and
stood on their feet for a very long time as it was communicated – v3. The next
day they stood for a quarter of the day (3 hours NLT) to hear it proclaimed. As
they listened they also praised the Author and humbled and worshipped. The
atmosphere was charged with high regard for God and His Word.
4/. IN THE READINESS TO HEAR IT EXPLAINED Nehemiah 8:8
It became apparent that they truly
wanted to know what it meant and how it should be interpreted and applied to
life. They realised they must come to know the significance of the law so that
it could be honoured in application.
5/. IN THE FINAL RESPONSE TO IT – Nehemiah 8: 9
There came the awareness that the
Book of the Law had been seriously broken and they were not acting out its
requirements hence their problems. Sorrow and repentance becomes manifest and a
mourning over this evil.
The end result was the will to do
what God said. From the good response they could enter into the joy of obedient
and doing what Jehovah required – 8: 10.