Nehemiah 8:1–18

 |  January 14, 2019

Context of the Passage:

The gathering of the people in Nehemiah 8 is different from, subsequent to, and dependent upon the gathering pictured in 7:5.  Once the people were brought back (in fulfillment of God’s promise) to Jerusalem, they could be brought together for the purpose of renewal.

Outline of the Passage

1-6 – Ezra read from the Word

7-8 – The Priests and Levites explained the Word

9-12 – The appropriate response to the Word

13-18 – The Response of the People to the Word

Exegesis of the Passage

8:1 – “All the people”

The word “people” is key in this passage.  It occurs 13 X in ch. 8. Nine of those occasions, it occurs in the phrase, “all the people.”

“As one man”

Note – the people told Ezra to bring the Book of the Law

8:2 – “All who hear with understanding

8:3 – Ezra read from the book

8:4 – Ezra stood on a platform clearly made for this event

8:5 – Ezra opened the book and the people stood

8:6 – Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God

8:7 – The Priests and Levites “caused the people to understand the Law”

8:8 – “They read distinctly”

8:9 – Do not mourn

8:10 – The Joy of the Lord is your strength

8:12 – The people understood

8:13 – On the 2nd Day

8:14 – The “found” in it

8:16 – The people responded in obedience

8:17 – There was great gladness

8:18 – on the 8th Day there was a Solemn Assembly according to the prescribed manner.

Sermon on the Passage

This passage suggests three things we’ve got to get right to get right with the Lord


The people heard the Word, learned the Word, were moved by the Word, and obeyed the Word

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