Religious people don’t read and study the Bible much. They do talk a lot about how to interpret it, though. They even talk about “how this applies to our life today” as though they needed to bring life to a dead carcass of outdated ramblings.

The spiritual person reacts like this when “all the people gathered together in the courtyard in front of Water Gate. They told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of Moses’ Teachings, which the Lord had commanded Israel {to follow}. Then Ezra the priest brought the Teachings in front of the assembly. This included men, women, and any {children} who could understand what they heard. This took place on the first day of the seventh month. From daybreak until noon, he read from it in the courtyard in front of Water Gate to the men, women, and {children} who could understand it. All the people listened to the Book of Moses’ Teachings.

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Ezra Reads the Law to the People (Nehemiah 8:1-12) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people told them, ‘This is a holy day for the Lord your God. Don’t mourn or cry.’ All the people were crying as they listened to the reading of God’s Teachings. Then he told them, ‘Go, eat rich foods, drink sweet drinks, and send portions to those who cannot provide for themselves. Today is a holy day for the Lord. Don’t be sad because the joy you have in the Lord is your strength.’

“So the Levites calmed all the people by saying, ‘Listen. Today is a holy day. Don’t be sad.’ Then all the people went to eat and drink and to send portions. They had a big, joyful celebration because they understood the words that had been explained to them” (Nehemiah 8:1-3, 9-12 God’s Word).

They listened attentively for hours (no children’s church, but family worship)! The words of God moved them to the depths of their soul. The joy they had in Creator gave strength where before they felt weak. They celebrated. They shared with those who needed food and drink.