Nehemiah 8:1 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.
Let us resolve today to continue in steadfast service by reaffirming our dedication to the scriptures. The people in our text knew that there is great gain from simply reading God’s Word. There are many, many things that reading the Bible will do for you.
V.1. It encourages fellowship with God’s people. They gathered together.
V.2-3. It’s for men, women and all with understanding. ALL should be equally attentive to it.
V.4. It inspires preaching and open faithfulness.
V.5-6. It creates respect for the things of God and causes worshipful humility in hearts.
V.7-8. Sometimes it stops you in your tracks and makes you want more of it.
V.9. Sometimes it makes you sad.
V.10. Sometimes it makes you glad.
V.11-12. It brings joy to everyday duties and the giving of gifts and love offerings.
V.13-15. It brings out things for us to do that we’ve forgotten or never learned to do.
V.16. It causes us to go and do what God would have us to do.
V.17. It brings great gladness when followed with an obedient heart.
V.18. It stirs consistent faithfulness.
Conclusion: Neh. 9:1-3. It is amazing what the simple reading of God’s word can do in the lives of God’s people. When was the last time YOU were moved to set a time aside for fasting and for weaning yourself away from the things of this world that only bring carnal satisfaction to your flesh? When was the last time you made a conscious effort to concentrate on spiritual things rather than sports, leisure and entertainment? When was the last time you were truly separated from the world? We have given God’s word to you today. Do you feel the need to confess your sin and take a stand for the truth of God? Do you not agree that it is time to get your life in tune with the Bible even if it takes half the day to get to the place where you can truly worship God in Spirit and in Truth? If you are unsaved, we call on you to repent and believe the gospel to the saving of your soul. If you profess to believe on Christ, we urge to read the word and get your heart right with God and serve Him the Bible way by His grace. AMEN.