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Importance of Preaching
Nehemiah 8:1-18
Preaching must be centered on the Word of God.
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Published January 17th, 2016
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1. Preaching is rendered ineffective if the hearts of the people are not unified around the Word of God. 2. Preaching is for giving the message of God to people of all ages. 3. Preaching begins in the Word of God, remains in the Word of God and finishes in the Word of God. 4. Preaching consists of reading, explaining and applying the Word of God.
notes 1453067426966 Meditations 1. Preaching is rendered ineffective if the hearts of the people are not unified around the Word of God. 2. Preaching is for giving the message of God to people of all ages. 3. Preaching begins in the Word of God, remains in the Word of God and finishes in the Word of God. 4. Preaching consists of reading, explaining and applying the Word of God.
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Ezra Reads the Law 8 1 And all the people gathered as one man into the square before t the Water Gate . And they told u Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel. 2 So Ezra the priest v brought the Law before the assembly , both men and women and all who could understand what they heard , w on the first day of the seventh month. 3 x And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand . And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law . 4 And Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform that they had made for the purpose. And beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand, and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam on his left hand. 5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people , for he was above all the people , and as he opened it all the people stood. 6 And Ezra blessed the Lord , the great God, and all the people answered, y “Amen, Amen,” z lifting up their hands. a And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. 7 b Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites, 1 c helped the people to understand the Law , d while the people remained in their places. 8 They read from the book , from the Law of God , clearly, 1 and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading .
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1452541671087 Look-up 1452541671 1452795698 OT 16 8 1 8 8 Nehemiah 8:1-8 esv 90 170 Ezra Reads the Law 8 1 And all the people gathered as one man into the square before t the Water Gate . And they told u Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel. 2 So Ezra the priest v brought the Law before the assembly , both men and women and all who could understand what they heard , w on the first day of the seventh month. 3 x And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand . And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law . 4 And Ezra the scribe stood on a wooden platform that they had made for the purpose. And beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand, and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam on his left hand. 5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people , for he was above all the people , and as he opened it all the people stood. 6 And Ezra blessed the Lord , the great God, and all the people answered, y “Amen, Amen,” z lifting up their hands. a And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. 7 b Also Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, the Levites, 1 c helped the people to understand the Law , d while the people remained in their places. 8 They read from the book , from the Law of God , clearly, 1 and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading . esv 1 1 1 lookup 11452541671151
Nehemiah 8:1-8 Observations
No one was excluded in the gathering (8:1) The crowd gathered in unity (8:1) The crowd gathered in the town square (8:1) The crowd demanded the reading of the law (8:1) Ezra was a scribe (8:1) Ezra was designated as the one to bring the book (8:1) The book of the Law was written by Moses (8:1) The contents of the Law was given by the Lord through Moses (8:1) The contents of the Law was a command from God to Israel (8:1) Ezra was a priest (8:2) The crowd (or assembly) was comprised of all ages (8:2) The crowd was able to understand what was read and said (8:2) They gathered for this event on the 1st day of the 7th month (8:2) Ezra was elevated above the people to be seen and heard (8:4) 6 men stood to Ezra's right (8:4) 7 Men stood to Ezra's left (8:4) The crowd stood as Ezra opened the book and began to read (8:5) Ezra prayed or at least made an expression of praise toward the Lord (8:6) Ezra acknowledges God as great (8:6) The crowd responded with "Amen, Amen" (8:6) The crowd lifted their hands as the said "Amen, Amen" (8:6) The crowd worshiped in a bowing position (8:6) 13 names of Levites are given in addition to the 13 standing with Ezra (8:7) These 13 helped the people to understand the Law (8:7) Three fold process in helping the people understand - 1) Read, 2) Explain and 3) Apply Everything about the manner of this event was focused on helping the people understand the Law of God.
1452541671087 Nehemiah 8:1-8 Observations 1452541671 1452821776 No one was excluded in the gathering (8:1) The crowd gathered in unity (8:1) The crowd gathered in the town square (8:1) The crowd demanded the reading of the law (8:1) Ezra was a scribe (8:1) Ezra was designated as the one to bring the book (8:1) The book of the Law was written by Moses (8:1) The contents of the Law was given by the Lord through Moses (8:1) The contents of the Law was a command from God to Israel (8:1) Ezra was a priest (8:2) The crowd (or assembly) was comprised of all ages (8:2) The crowd was able to understand what was read and said (8:2) They gathered for this event on the 1st day of the 7th month (8:2) Ezra was elevated above the people to be seen and heard (8:4) 6 men stood to Ezra's right (8:4) 7 Men stood to Ezra's left (8:4) The crowd stood as Ezra opened the book and began to read (8:5) Ezra prayed or at least made an expression of praise toward the Lord (8:6) Ezra acknowledges God as great (8:6) The crowd responded with "Amen, Amen" (8:6) The crowd lifted their hands as the said "Amen, Amen" (8:6) The crowd worshiped in a bowing position (8:6) 13 names of Levites are given in addition to the 13 standing with Ezra (8:7) These 13 helped the people to understand the Law (8:7) Three fold process in helping the people understand - 1) Read, 2) Explain and 3) Apply Everything about the manner of this event was focused on helping the people understand the Law of God. notes 11452541671182
Phrase
Nehemiah 8:1-8
And all the people gathered
as one man
Manner of Gathering
into the square
Place of Gathering
before the Water Gate.
Location of the Square
And they told Ezra
the scribe
Vocation of Ezra
to bring the Book of the Law of Moses
Instructions
that the Lord had commanded Israel.
Specific Book
the priest
Vocation of Ezra
So Ezra ... brought the Law
before the assembly,
Who received the book
both men and women and all who could understand what they heard,
People of the Assembly
on the first day of the seventh month.
When this took place
And he read from it
facing the square
Location of Assembly
before the Water Gate
from early morning until midday,
Time involved
in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand.
Realm of the Reading
of all the people
Who listened
And the ears ... were attentive
to the Book of the Law.
What they listened to
the scribe
Vocation of Ezra
And Ezra ... stood
on a wooden platform
Where Ezra stood
that they had made for the purpose.
Purpose of the platform
And beside him stood Mattithiah,
Who stood with Ezra
Shema,
Anaiah,
Uriah,
Hilkiah,
and Maaseiah
on his right hand,
Where they stood
and Pedaiah,
Who stood with Ezra
Mishael,
Malchijah,
Hashum,
Hashbaddanah,
Zechariah, and
Meshullam
on his left hand.
Where they stood
And Ezra opened the book
in the sight of all the people,
Where the book was opened
for he was above all the people,
Why people saw him
and as he opened it all the people stood.
Response of the people
And Ezra blessed the Lord,
the great God,
and all the people answered,
Response of the assembly
“Amen, Amen,”
lifting up their hands.
And they bowed their heads
and worshiped the Lord
with their faces to the ground.
Position in worship
Also Jeshua,
Who helped
Bani,
Sherebiah,
Jamin,
Akkub,
Shabbethai,
Hodiah,
Maaseiah,
Kelita,
Azariah,
Jozabad,
Hanan,
Pelaiah,
the Levites, helped the people
to understand the Law,
Content
while the people remained in their places.
Focus of the Assembly
They read
How they helped understanding
from the book,
from the Law of God,
clearly,
Interpretation
and they gave the sense,
Application
so that the people understood the reading.
Purpose of interpretation & application
phrasing
1452541671087 Phrase 1452541671 1453068164 OT 16 8 1 8 8 Nehemiah 8:1-8 esv 0 1 16008001 And all the people gathered 0 16008001 1 as one man 10 1 1 Manner of Gathering 1 into the square 10 1 1 Place of Gathering 1 before the Water Gate. 15 1 1 Location of the Square 1 0 1 And they told Ezra 0 1 the scribe 8 1 1 Vocation of Ezra 1 to bring the Book of the Law of Moses 6 1 1 Instructions 1 that the Lord had commanded Israel. 13 1 1 Specific Book 1 0 1 16008002 the priest 3 16008002 6 2 1 Vocation of Ezra 1 So Ezra ... brought the Law 0 1 before the assembly, 7 1 1 Who received the book 1 both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, 14 1 1 People of the Assembly 1 on the first day of the seventh month. 7 1 1 When this took place 1 0 1 16008003 And he read from it 0 16008003 1 facing the square 5 2 1 Location of Assembly 1 before the Water Gate 11 1 from early morning until midday, 5 1 1 Time involved 1 in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. 5 1 1 Realm of the Reading 0 1 0 1 of all the people 5 14 1 1 Who listened 1 And the ears ... were attentive 0 1 to the Book of the Law. 10 1 1 What they listened to 1 0 1 16008004 the scribe 4 16008004 17 1 1 Vocation of Ezra 1 And Ezra ... stood 0 1 on a wooden platform 7 1 1 Where Ezra stood 1 that they had made for the purpose. 15 1 1 Purpose of the platform 1 0 1 And beside him stood Mattithiah, 0 6 1 Who stood with Ezra 1 Shema, 11 1 Anaiah, 11 1 Uriah, 11 1 Hilkiah, 11 1 and Maaseiah 11 1 on his right hand, 9 1 1 Where they stood 1 and Pedaiah, 11 7 1 Who stood with Ezra 1 Mishael, 11 1 Malchijah, 11 1 Hashum, 11 1 Hashbaddanah, 11 1 Zechariah, and 11 1 Meshullam 11 1 on his left hand. 9 1 1 Where they stood 1 0 1 16008005 And Ezra opened the book 0 16008005 1 in the sight of all the people, 6 1 1 Where the book was opened 1 for he was above all the people, 11 1 1 Why people saw him 1 and as he opened it all the people stood. 6 1 1 Response of the people 1 0 1 16008006 And Ezra blessed the Lord, 0 16008006 1 the great God, 10 1 and all the people answered, 0 6 1 Response of the assembly 1 “Amen, Amen,” 11 1 lifting up their hands. 8 1 0 1 And they bowed their heads 0 1 and worshiped the Lord 0 1 with their faces to the ground. 5 1 1 Position in worship 1 0 1 16008007 Also Jeshua, 4 16008007 13 1 Who helped 1 Bani, 4 1 Sherebiah, 4 1 Jamin, 4 1 Akkub, 4 1 Shabbethai, 4 1 Hodiah, 4 1 Maaseiah, 4 1 Kelita, 4 1 Azariah, 4 1 Jozabad, 4 1 Hanan, 4 1 Pelaiah, 4 1 the Levites, helped the people 0 1 to understand the Law, 8 1 1 Content 1 while the people remained in their places. 8 1 1 Focus of the Assembly 1 16008008 They read 8 16008008 1 1 How they helped understanding 1 from the book, 12 1 from the Law of God, 17 1 clearly, 12 1 1 Interpretation 1 and they gave the sense, 8 1 1 Application 1 so that the people understood the reading. 14 1 1 Purpose of interpretation & application 0.5 1 7 5 3 1 phrasing 11452541671132
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Chris Thomas
Great considerations. Thanks for your work in the Word.
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