The Revering of Scripture - Part One - Nehemiah 8:1-12
The Revering of Scripture
Worship begins with a craving to know God through His Word – Nehemiah 8:1-4
- The Jews sought out Ezra to preach from the Book of the Law
- The Jews listened attentively to the Book of the Law
Application: The power of the Gospel and the Christian Life is found in God’s Word
Worship should create a response – Nehemiah 8:5 – 8
- The Jews stood in reverenceto God and His Word
- The Word of God is God – Breathed
- The Word of God is an agent of salvation
- The Word of God is eternal
- The Word of God will accomplish its intended purpose
- The Jews expressed their emotions through worship
- The Jewish priests helped the people understand the Book of the Law
Application: The experience of worship takes in all the senses
Worship should be a time of celebration – Nehemiah 8:9-12
- The Jews first response was weeping over their disobedience
- The Jews second response was joy over hearing the Book of the Law
Application: When we gather on Sunday, it should lead you to a place of joy!
Key Thought: Worshiping is giving of ourselves to God first and second, receiving the joy from God that gives us strength
Questions to Ponder this Week
- In comparison to the Jews, how desirous and attentive are we toward God and His Word?
- How can we experience worship more sincerely and freely?
- Are we celebrating the joy of the Lord when we worship?