Sunday, February 26, 2017

February 26 - Nehemiah 8

Today's reading in our daily plan is Nehemiah 8. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • After almost 100 years in exile, many of God's laws have been lost to time.  It has been a long time since his laws were read out loud.  Ezra stands up in front of everyone and opens "the book of law" (most likely writings resembling the first 5 books of the Bible).
  • The people's reaction to understand they have been following God wrong was shame, but the leaders encouraged them to see the day as a day of celebration!
  • The people partied, leaving no one out.
  • The people discovered they were smack dab at the beginning of a festival and so, taking instruction from the book of law, they made tents to remind them of when God brought the Israelites out of Egypt.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Before we came to God, we didn't know how to live.  Once we discover the truth, it is natural to be ashamed of past deeds or actions.  But, we can instead choose to celebrate the discovery of truth in our lives.
  • When God's people party, no one is to be excluded.
  • God had setup certain practices within the lives of his people so they would constantly be reminded of just how good God has been to them.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Have you forgotten the joy you experienced when you first came to Jesus?  Take this time to thank God and remember all he has done for you!
  • What practices have you set up in your life to remind you of the goodness of God in your life?