Nehemiah 8:2-10:39 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Nehemiah 8:8 is my calling: “They read from the Book of the Law of God and clearly explained the meaning of what was being read, helping the people understand each passage.” God has always called people to help deliver and explain his word, whether they are prophets, priests, scribes, levites, rabbis, pastors, or teachers!

It’s amazing how much access we have to the Bible and Christian teaching in this day and age. I wonder if we are actually any more godly than other ages though? It all centers around hearts that are willing to worship and obey, as the Israelites returning to the land finally were: “They solemnly promised to carefully follow all the commands, laws, and regulations of the Lord their Lord” (Nehemiah 10:29).

Did you catch “you gave us only what we deserved” (Nehemiah 9:33)? I believe that is a key to spirituality too. We need to understand when we have sinned, repent of our sin, and recognize that God is just and right when we are punished for our sins. Just remember that he doesn’t have to directly intervene for us to be punished. He has set up this world in such a way that many sins are punished as a part of the natural order. But isn’t it great that the eternal consequences of our sins have been taken away because Jesus Christ took the punishment we deserved when he died on the cross for our sin? 1 Peter 2:24 says, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”

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