by Jerry Vines

Nehemiah 8:1-18
Jerry Vines
Ne emiai chapter 8, begins the second half of the book of
Nehemiah. The first seven chapters have to do with the rebuilding of
the wall. The concluding chapters have to do with the reviving of the
The rebuilding of the wall has now been completed. The material,
physical aspects of the work that God has assigned to Nehemiah to do had
now been done. Attention must now be devoted to the spiritual aspect --
to the building up of the people of God. The easy work has been done;
now they are getting ready to do the difficult work.
We are in the process of building a new auditorium. This is
relatively the easy part of the task. In just a few weeks or months now
we are going to have that building completed. Relatively speaking the
months will be short and before you know it we will be walking into that
building. It takes only a few months to build something physical for
the people of God. But when you begin to deal with growing a people,
when you begin to deal with spiritual maturity and becoming what God
wants you to be, it takes a long, long time -- many years are involved.
NOw the attention is turned to the more difficult task of the
reviving of God's people. Nehemiah 8 is, I believe, the most unusual
worship service to be found in all of the pages of the Bible. It was a
most unusual service and it took place in a most unusual way in a most
unusual place.
This chapter tells us that the people of God are gathered
together in a great open-air meeting, standing before the Watergate. We
studied about the Watergate back in the third chapter and we saw that
the Watergate really is a beautiful picture to us of the ministry of the
Word of God in the life of God's people. Jesus said in John 15:3 - "now
you are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you." Paul, in
Ephesians 5:26 talks about the washing of the water of the word.
So a beautiful symbol here of the substance of this chap ...

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