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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, April 11, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
[God’s] His Word changes our lives.
The Book of the Law of Moses was probably the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible. The people listened attentively to Ezra as he read God’s Word, and their lives were changed. Because we hear the Bible so often, we can become dulled to its words and immune to its teachings. Instead, we should listen carefully to every verse and ask the Holy Spirit to help us answer the question, How does this apply to my life?
After Ezra read God’s laws to the people, they studied them further and then acted upon them. A careful reading of Scripture always calls for a response to these questions: What should we do with this knowledge? How should our lives change? We must do something about what we have learned if it is to have real significance for our lives. (NLT)
Nehemiah 8:1-10, 13, 18 – Now in mid-autumn, when the Israelites had settled in their towns, all the people assembled together as one person at the square just inside the Water Gate. They asked Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had given for Israel to obey.
So on October 8 Ezra the priest brought the scroll of the law before the assembly, which included the men and women and all the children old enough to understand. He faced the square just inside the Water Gate from early morning until noon and read aloud to everyone who could understand. All the people paid close attention to the Book of the Law. Ezra the scribe stood on a high wooden platform that had been made for the occasion. To his right stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah. To his left stood Pedaiah, Mishael, Malkijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam. Ezra stood on the platform in full view of all the people. When they saw him open the book, they all rose to their feet.
Then Ezra praised the Lord, the great God, and all the people chanted, “Amen! Amen,” as they lifted their hands toward heaven. Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
Now the Levites—Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, and Pelaiah—instructed the people who were standing there. They read from the Book of the Law of God and clearly explained the meaning of what was being read, helping the people understand each passage. Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were interpreting for the people said to them, “Don’t weep on such a day as this! For today is a sacred day before the Lord your God.” All the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the law.
And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of choice foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”
On October 9 the family leaders and the priests and Levites met with Ezra to go over the law in greater detail.
Ezra read from the Book of the Law of God on each of the seven days of the festival. Then on the eighth day they held a solemn assembly, as was required by law.
Quoted verse: Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. –Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
“Story” – Andre de Albuquerque Caetano (Minas Gerais, Brazil) titled his story “LOVING GOD’S WORD;” here is a portion of Andre’s story:
“When I was a child in Brazil, it was not easy to afford a Bible, especially for my parents. . . .
“I rejoice that today in my country it is much easier to gain access to a Bible, and we have many versions in our native language. As I look at my little library of Bibles, I am grateful for the ways that reading God’s word has helped me to grow in grace and knowledge.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How can I more fully use the Bible I have?
Prayer: Our God and Father, work in us to will and to act in order to fulfill your good purposes. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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