This passage represents a blueprint for many things in Godly reform. Firstly, is the closeness of the leadership structure. We can see that the efforts of Nehemiah, Ezra and the Levites, were unidirectional. Each carried out his part in that effort, but each of was operating their parts with the good faith that the other person would do theirs. This led to the same behavior in those end users in the common people. We see that the Jews studied, worshipped and wept together as they mutually discovered the law. Secondly, we see this as a cause for joy that is more than a feeling. It should eradicate sorrow. The joy that comes from a unified return to the discipline of God’s word should produce a joy that empowers us. It is not enough to know we are wrong and to seek to input God’s word. We must also allow that to lift our spirits and create tenacity to, once again, be God’s people. The Jews were rightfully sad at themselves, but this should not defeat them. Joy about our relationship from God is strength for our relationship with God. There are not enough churches constantly reforming and seeking a return to scripture. However, in too many churches, we can also find a lack of willingness to allow sadness and joy to create the strength for our Christian walk.
MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY.
First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years.
I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy.
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