The Pathway to True Celebration
Today's message centers around the 8th chapter of Nehemiah.
The wall has been rebuilt and the Gates are hung on the doors and the city is now secure.
Nehemiah has been repopulating the city to make it again the city of God.
The reproach has been lifted off of the city of Jerusalem.
The enemies have been exposed and defeated!
The oppression has lifted!
These people who had been down trodden, defeated and discouraged now had hope.
Their relationship with God had now been revived.
Light has dawned in the middle of their darkness.
• When people start doing the will of God then God becomes real to their lives.
So often God is waiting for us to start and then He reveals himself.
The people were eager to hear the Word of God because they had witnessed God's Divine help in rebuilding the wall. They were encouraged.
But the renewed spirit that the people are feeling is not just the result of Nehemiah.
This is the result of the labor of Godly people that prayed and remained faithful in believing that this day would come.
Nehemiah would be the first to acknowledge that to a great extent his own success in Jerusalem was due to Ezra's diligent and faithful ministry among the people of Israel.
10 For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.(NIV)
Ezra had come to Jerusalem 14 years before Nehemiah to establish the Temple worship. With the blessing also of King Artaxerxes.
Without Ezra's preparation the people would not have been ready to accept the challenge.
There had been times particularly when he first arrived in Jerusalem that the was so appalled at the immoral condition to of the people the he tore his garments and puled out some of the hair from his head and his beard.
Falling on his knees with outstretched hands he lighted to God, his con ...
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