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July 18 Notes & Questions

July 18 Notes & Questions


Wk 9 “Rebuilding on God’s Word”

Nehemiah 8


all the people came together as one in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the teacher of the Law to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded for Israel. So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand. He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law. Ezra the teacher of the Law stood on a high wooden platform built for the occasion. Beside him on his right stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah and Maaseiah; and on his left were Pedaiah, Mishael, Malkijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah and Meshullam. Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up. Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. The Levites—Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan and Pelaiah—instructed the people in the Law while the people were standing there. They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read. Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law. Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.” Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them. On the second day of the month, the heads of all the families, along with the priests and the Levites, gathered around Ezra the teacher to give attention to the words of the Law. They found written in the Law, which the Lord had commanded through Moses, that the Israelites were to live in temporary shelters during the festival of the seventh month and that they should proclaim this word and spread it throughout their towns and in Jerusalem: “Go out into the hill country and bring back branches from olive and wild olive trees, and from myrtles, palms and shade trees, to make temporary shelters”—as it is written. So the people went out and brought back branches and built themselves temporary shelters on their own roofs, in their courtyards, in the courts of the house of God and in the square by the Water Gate and the one by the Gate of Ephraim. The whole company that had returned from exile built temporary shelters and lived in them. From the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day, the Israelites had not celebrated it like this. And their joy was very great. Day after day, from the first day to the last, Ezra read from the Book of the Law of God. They celebrated the festival for seven days, and on the eighth day, in accordance with the regulation, there was an assembly.


Does reading the Bible matter?

Whenever there is a revival, it hinges on a return to the Word of God.


Christ cleanses us through the Word


Ephesians 5:25-26

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.


We won’t always look to the scriptures for truth.


2 Timothy 4:3

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine, Instead to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.


Steps to keep our minds from wandering:

  1. Bring Your Own Bible
  2. Take Notes


The entire Bible is from God!


2 Timothy 3:16-17

All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.


Whenever there is a revival it always starts with the return to the Word of God.


2 Timothy 2:15

Be diligent to present yourself approved of God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.


Practical steps from Nehemiah

  1. Pray (first)
  2. Take your time
  3. Just do it


  1. On a scale of 1-10 how important is the Bible to you? How many hours a week would you say you typically read, study, meditate, or hear the bible?  Does your answer in the first question match up with the second question?  Why is reading the bible important?
  2. Read Ephesians 5:25-26, how do you think we are washed with water through the word? What do you think it means to be without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish?
  3. Read Nehemiah 8:1-4, how important do you think the bible is to non Christians? How important is it to Christians?  Discuss some of the differences/similarities in regards to the bible and the two groups.
  4. Read 2 Timothy 4:3, what are some examples of what Paul says would happen in this scripture that you may have noticed now in the church (church in general not specific to any one church in particular). What problems can come about by suiting our own desires?
  5. What are some responses you may have witnessed when people are presented with God’s Word?
  6. Read Nehemiah 8:13-15, is it easy or difficult to “proclaim this word and spread it throughout all the towns”? Is there a “right way” and/or a “wrong way” to spread the word?  Is there a “right time” or “wrong time” to spreading the word?
  7. Read 2 Timothy 2:15, what do you think it mean when it says “a worker who does not need to be ashamed”? What is meant by rightly dividing the word of truth?
  8. Is our first response to an issue or to a praise typically prayer? Why or why not?