THE ULTIMATE GOAL
LIFE 'IN' JESUS CHRIST
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16 (NKJV)
Seasons of Life In Jesus Christ.
6/14/2021 0 Comments
Welcome back my friends.
This week, June 13, 14, 16, 18, 2021, we shall continue our 'verbatim posts' of our final book scheduled for this 'room', the book of Nehemiah. Please remember that both 'Esther', and 'Ezra' have already been completely posted in this room.
Below are the links to the posts for the 'overviews' for all three books for your ease in future reference. Amen. Amen,
Reading 'Verbatim' the Books of the Old Testament - 'Esther', Introduction, Post A, November 9, 2020
Reading 'Verbatim' the Books of the Old Testament - 'Ezra', Introduction, Post B, November 11, 2020
Reading 'Verbatim' the Books of the Old Testament - 'Nehemiah', Introduction, Post C, November 13, 2020
[Includes the review of where we have been in this 'room', for easy and continuing reference.]
Then, the last post for 'Ezra' may be found at: audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Reading 'Verbatim' the Books of the Old Testament - 'Ezra', Post Chapter 10, April 15, 2021
Reading 'Verbatim' the Books of the Old Testament - 'Nehemiah-Overview', Post Intro, May 30, 2021
Reading 'Verbatim' the Books of the Old Testament - 'Nehemiah', Post Chapter 1, May 31, 2021
Reading 'Verbatim' the Books of the Old Testament - 'Nehemiah', Post Chapter 2, June 2, 2021
Reading 'Verbatim' the Books of the Old Testament - 'Nehemiah', Post Chapter 3, June 4, 2021
Reading 'Verbatim' the Books of the Old Testament - 'Nehemiah', Post Chapter 4, June 6, 2021
Reading 'Verbatim' the Books of the Old Testament - 'Nehemiah', Post Chapter 5, June 8, 2021
Reading 'Verbatim' the Books of the Old Testament - 'Nehemiah', Post Chapter 6, June 10, 2021
Reading 'Verbatim' the Books of the Old Testament - 'Nehemiah', Post Chapter 7, June 13, 2021
The contents of the two books may be analyzed as follows: Outline of the Book of Nehemiah
1 ) Nehemiah's journey to Jerusalem, made possible by Artaxerxes, for the purpose of re-building the wall (Nehemiah 1-2). audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
2 ) A list of the builders and the repairing of the gate (Nehemiah 3). audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
3 ) The rebuilding of the wall in spite of op-position led by Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem (Nehemiah 4:1-7:4).
4 ) The register of those who returned with Zerubbabel (Nehemiah 7). audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
5 ) The public reading and exposition of the book of the Law (Nehemiah 8).
6 ) The national repentance and the covenant of obedience (Nehemiah 9:1-10 :39).
7 ) Lists of inhabitants (Nehemiah 11:1-12:26). audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
8 ) Dedication of the wall and organization of the temple services (Nehemiah 12:27-47).
9 ) Nehemiah's reforms of abuses connected with tithes, the sabbath and mixed marriages (Nehemiah 13).
Chapter 8 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
The reading and expounding the law. (1-8) The people called upon to be joyful. (9-12) The feast of tabernacles, The joy of the people. (13-18)
1 'And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel.
2And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month.
3And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.
4And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.
5And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:
6And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
7Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place.
8So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.'
The reading and expounding the law. (1-8)audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Notes: 1-8 'Sacrifices were to be offered only at the door of the temple; but praying and preaching were, and are, services of religion, as acceptably performed in one place as in another. Masters of families should bring their families with them to the public worship of God. Women and children have souls to save, and are therefore to acquaint themselves with the word of God, and to attend on the means of grace. Little ones, as they come to reason, must be trained up in religion. Ministers when they go to the pulpit, should take their Bibles with them; Ezra did so. Thence they must fetch their knowledge; according to that rule they must speak, and must show that they do so. Reading the Scriptures in religious assemblies is an ordinance of God, whereby he is honoured, and his church edified. Those who hear the word, should understand it, else it is to them but an empty sound of words. It is therefore required of teachers that they explain the word, and give the sense of it. Reading is good, and preaching is good, but expounding makes reading the better understood, and preaching the more convincing. It has pleased God in almost every age of the church to raise up, not only those who have preached the gospel, but also those who have given their views of Divine truth in writing; and though many who have attempted to explain Scripture, have darkened counsel by words without knowledge, yet the labours of others are of excellent use. All that we hear must, however, be brought to the test of Scripture.
They heard readily, and minded every word. The word of God demands attention. If through carelessness we let much slip in hearing, there is danger that through forgetfulness we shall let all slip after hearing.'
The people called upon to be joyful. (9-12) audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
9 'And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.
10Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.
11So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.
12And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.'
The people called upon to be joyful. (9-12) audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Notes: 9-12 'It was a good sign that their hearts were tender, when they heard the words of the law. The people were to send portions to those for whom nothing was prepared. It is the duty of a religious feast, as well as of a religious fast, to draw out the soul to the hungry; God's bounty should make us bountiful. We must not only give to those that offer themselves, but send to those out of sight. Their strength consisted in joy in the Lord. The better we understand God's word, the more comfort we find in it; the darkness of trouble arises from the darkness of ignorance.
The feast of tabernacles, The joy of the people. (13-18) audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
13And on the second day were gathered together the chief of the fathers of all the people, the priests, and the Levites, unto Ezra the scribe, even to understand the words of the law.
14And they found written in the law which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month:
15And that they should publish and proclaim in all their cities, and in Jerusalem, saying, Go forth unto the mount, and fetch olive branches, and pine branches, and myrtle branches, and palm branches, and branches of thick trees, to make booths, as it is written.
16So the people went forth, and brought them, and made themselves booths, every one upon the roof of his house, and in their courts, and in the courts of the house of God, and in the street of the water gate, and in the street of the gate of Ephraim.
17And all the congregation of them that were come again out of the captivity made booths, and sat under the booths: for since the days of Jeshua the son of Nun unto that day had not the children of Israel done so. And there was very great gladness.
18 Also day by day, from the first day unto the last day, he read in the book of the law of God. And they kept the feast seven days; and on the eighth day was a solemn assembly, according unto the manner.'
The feast of tabernacles, The joy of the people. (13-18) audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Notes: 13-18 'They found written in the law about the feast of tabernacles. Those who diligently search the Scriptures, find things written there which they have forgotten. This feast of tabernacles was a representation of the believer's tabernacle state in this world, and a type of the holy joy of the gospel church. The conversion of the nations to the faith of Christ, is foretold under the figure of this feast, Zechariah 14:16.
True religion will render us strangers and pilgrims upon earth. We read and hear the word acceptably and profitably, when we do according to what is written therein; when what appears to be our duty is revived, after it has been neglected.
They minded the substance; else the ceremony had been of no use. They did it, rejoicing in God and his goodness. These are the means which the Spirit of God crowns with success, in bringing the hearts of sinners to tremble and to become humbled before God. But those are enemies to their own growth in holiness, who always indulge sorrow, even for sin, and put away from them the consolations tendered by the word and Spirit of God.' Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
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