Nehemiah 8* The reading and expounding the law. (1-8) The people calledupon to be joyful. (9-12) The feast of tabernacles, The joy ofthe people. (13-18)1-8 Sacrifices were to be offered only at the door of thetemple; but praying and preaching were, and are, services ofreligion, as acceptably performed in one place as in another.Masters of families should bring their families with them to thepublic worship of God. Women and children have souls to save,and are therefore to acquaint themselves with the word of God,and to attend on the means of grace. Little ones, as they cometo reason, must be trained up in religion. Ministers when theygo to the pulpit, should take their Bibles with them; Ezra didso. Thence they must fetch their knowledge; according to thatrule they must speak, and must show that they do so. Reading theScriptures in religious assemblies is an ordinance of God,whereby he is honoured, and his church edified. Those who hearthe word, should understand it, else it is to them but an emptysound of words. It is therefore required of teachers that theyexplain the word, and give the sense of it. Reading is good, andpreaching is good, but expounding makes reading the betterunderstood, and preaching the more convincing. It has pleasedGod in almost every age of the church to raise up, not onlythose who have preached the gospel, but also those who havegiven their views of Divine truth in writing; and though manywho have attempted to explain Scripture, have darkened counselby words without knowledge, yet the labours of others are ofexcellent use. All that we hear must, however, be brought to thetest of Scripture. They heard readily, and minded every word.The word of God demands attention. If through carelessness welet much slip in hearing, there is danger that throughforgetfulness we shall let all slip after hearing. 9-12 It was a good sign that their hearts were tender, whenthey heard the words of the law. The people were to sendportions to those for whom nothing was prepared. It is the dutyof a religious feast, as well as of a religious fast, to drawout the soul to the hungry; God's bounty should make usbountiful. We must not only give to those that offer themselves,but send to those out of sight. Their strength consisted in joyin the Lord. The better we understand God's word, the morecomfort we find in it; the darkness of trouble arises from thedarkness of ignorance. 13-18 They found written in the law about the feast oftabernacles. Those who diligently search the Scriptures, findthings written there which they have forgotten. This feast oftabernacles was a representation of the believer's tabernaclestate in this world, and a type of the holy joy of the gospelchurch. The conversion of the nations to the faith of Christ, isforetold under the figure of this feast, #Zec 14:16|. Truereligion will render us strangers and pilgrims upon earth. Weread and hear the word acceptably and profitably, when we doaccording to what is written therein; when what appears to beour duty is revived, after it has been neglected. They mindedthe substance; else the ceremony had been of no use. They didit, rejoicing in God and his goodness. These are the means whichthe Spirit of God crowns with success, in bringing the hearts ofsinners to tremble and to become humbled before God. But thoseare enemies to their own growth in holiness, who always indulgesorrow, even for sin, and put away from them the consolationstendered by the word and Spirit of God.
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