by David Cawston

The Lost Art of Celebrating
David Cawston
Nehemiah 8:9-12

Everything about Christmas brings excitement. It is a time of celebrating!
But much of our society today does not know how to properly celebrate.

In today's world celebration generally involves one of two things:
Getting stoned out of your mind on booze or drugs or spending more than you can afford.

Because of the pollution of celebration many believers hesitate to celebrate at all.
Can celebration truly be a Godly thing?

In the Church as well as in society we need to recover the lost art of celebrating.

In the book of Nehemiah we find another time and another place where people had lost the art of celebrating.
God's people needed instruction.

In these verses that I will read the scene opens in front of one of the gates of Jerusalem, where the people are gathered to hear the reading of the law. These people were hungry for the Law of the Lord. Many had never heard it before,

Neh 8:1-3
1 all the people assembled as one man in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded for Israel.
2 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.
3 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 scribe, stood on a platform and read, while others of the scribes and the Levites scattered through the great throng of the people to help them understand what we being read.

Neh 8:8-12
8 They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being read.
9 Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and th ...

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