Nehemiah 8: Get into the Bible
Nehemiah becomes even a better book in chapter 8. If you recall, the wall has just been completed, and now the people are beginning to build houses and internal structures.
However, they also had some other things going on while they were building.
Neh 8:2 And 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.
Neh 8:3 And 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.
These people were committed to a learning about the Bible (at least as much of the Old Testament as they had at that time). They knew that the Bible wasn’t meant to be something that was hidden away from the people. The leadership spoke about it in public so that all the people could understand.
I think that is something that we all need to really take seriously. The Bible is meant to be read by all of us on a daily basis if possible. We can’t expect our pastors to do all the Bible reading for us and then simply have us soak it in on a Sunday morning. Like I have told you before, that is part of the reason I started writing here. It held me accountable for getting in the Bible every day. It provides value.
Act 17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
Act 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
These people were considered more noble by the early church because they were in the Bible every day. They were putting in the effort outside of the traditional church services. They were listening to the world and actively engaging it with Scripture to discern truth.
We need to be like the people in Jerusalem with Nehemiah and Berea. They were engaged with Scripture. Remember, we don’t call it the Good Book for nothing.