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The Conviction and Joy of God's Word
Neh. 8:9-12
How should the Word of God impact us today?
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Published November 25th, 2015; Updated November 25th, 2015
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Nehemiah 8:9-12
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Then Nehemiah, who was the 1 a governor, and Ezra b the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people,
“ c This day is holy to the Lord your God;
d do not mourn or weep.”
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For all the people were weeping
when they heard the words of the law.
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Then he said to them,
“Go,
eat of the fat,
drink of the sweet,
and a send portions to him who has nothing prepared;
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for this day is holy to our Lord.
Do not be grieved,
for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
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So the Levites calmed all the people,
saying, “Be still,
for the day is holy;
do not be grieved.”
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All the people went away
to eat,
to drink,
a to send portions
and to 1 celebrate a great festival,
b because they understood the words
which had been made known to them.
Nehemiah, Ezra, and the Levites encourage the people not weep over their conviction of the word but to rejoice therefore they go away rejoicing because they understand God's word.
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1446326761301 Arc 1445376541 1445624876 editing OT 16 8 9 8 12 Nehemiah 8:9-12 nasb mine Then Nehemiah, who was the 1 a governor, and Ezra b the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, i1 “ c This day is holy to the Lord your God; i5 d do not mourn or weep.” i6 i31 inference 2 For all the people were weeping i7 when they heard the words of the law. i8 i30 actionresult 1 1 i51 ground 1 Then he said to them, i2 “Go, i9 eat of the fat, i10 drink of the sweet, i11 and a send portions to him who has nothing prepared; i12 i47 series i26 actionpurpose 2 for this day is holy to our Lord. i13 i33 ground 1 Do not be grieved, i14 for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” i15 i27 ground 1 i40 inference 2 i39 1 ideaexplanation i52 negativepositive 2 So the Levites calmed all the people, i3 saying, “Be still, i16 for the day is holy; i17 i35 ground 1 do not be grieved.” i18 i36 negativepositive 1 1 i37 actionmanner 1 i48 comparison 1 i49 ideaexplanation 1 All the people went away i4 to eat, i19 to drink, i20 a to send portions i21 and to 1 celebrate a great festival, i22 i42 series i43 actionpurpose 2 b because they understood the words i23 which had been made known to them. i24 i44 ideaexplanation 1 i41 ground 1 i50 actionresult 2 Nehemiah, Ezra, and the Levites encourage the people not weep over their conviction of the word but to rejoice therefore they go away rejoicing because they understand God's word. 1 1 1 1 nasb 1 mine 1 a 2 discourse 11445376541705
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The Conviction and Joy the Word of God Brings How does the Word of God impact our generation? How should the Word of God impact us today? I would like to spend some time speaking about a generation who did not understand the Word of God or may not have ever heard it. The book of Nehemiah is centered around rebuilding the walls in Jerusalem and the calling of God's people to repentance. There are many challenges they face internally and externally. We see extortion from within and enemies looking for ways to destroy them from without. They are not here (Neh. 8) because Nehemiah had this great idea to rebuild and bring revival. God finds a man after His own heart and shows Him His will in order to carry it out. The Word of God has largely been neglected in our time not only among non-believers but also among Christians. In Nehemiah 8, we see a people much like our own generation. They either don't listen to God's Word or they simply don't understand it. When the people of Nehemiah's day hear the Word of God their reaction is much different than what we might expect or actually see today. Ezra, the priest, gets up and reads the Word of God in front of everyone who could listen and understand (Neh. 8:2). The Word of God is also explained in order that the people might understand what they are hearing. Ezra not only reads God's Word but He explains it (Neh. 8:8). This can be a tricky part of declaring God's Word. The impact of God's Word can depend on how well it is explained. If there is too much explanation and illustration the people leave without the text. If they only hear the text then they leave with very little understanding. The key is balance and a whole lot of help from God! When men work with God to do His will and to speak His Word then it should have a profound impact on those who hear and are able to observe. How then should the Word of God impact our generation? It should impact us as it did in the days of Nehemiah and Ezra. The Word of God spoken under the influence of the Holy Spirit should convict (Heb 4:12). God's Word pierces not to destroy but is much like a surgical instrument cutting out that which is not of God. Conviction brought about by God's Word should bring sorrow for sin. Sorrow for disobeying God's Word. It should bring repentance to our life and a change in our hearts NOT just merely in our behaviors. God's Word should not only convict and pierce us but also moves us to experience the joy of God's Word. There is a reviving quality of God's Word. He isn't just wounding us for the sake of hurting us. Much like a good surgeon, He cuts out the things that ail us so that those areas of our life might heal and function properly (Ps. 119:50, 67). The Jews who rebuilt the wall under Nehemiah are moved to sorrow through the understanding of God's Word. They're encouraged not to weep but to rejoice. They repent later and renew their covenant with the Lord. But we must see how God's Word should impact us now through the account given of Nehemiah and the Jewish people of that generation. The necessity of true sorrow for sin, repentance, and being brought back into the joy of the Lord. The necessity of explaining God's Word in a balanced way under the influence of the Holy Spirit. If God's Word is going to impact our generation then these necessities should be at the center.
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1446326761301 Article 1447775403 1445625492 The Conviction and Joy the Word of God Brings How does the Word of God impact our generation? How should the Word of God impact us today? I would like to spend some time speaking about a generation who did not understand the Word of God or may not have ever heard it. The book of Nehemiah is centered around rebuilding the walls in Jerusalem and the calling of God's people to repentance. There are many challenges they face internally and externally. We see extortion from within and enemies looking for ways to destroy them from without. They are not here (Neh. 8) because Nehemiah had this great idea to rebuild and bring revival. God finds a man after His own heart and shows Him His will in order to carry it out. The Word of God has largely been neglected in our time not only among non-believers but also among Christians. In Nehemiah 8, we see a people much like our own generation. They either don't listen to God's Word or they simply don't understand it. When the people of Nehemiah's day hear the Word of God their reaction is much different than what we might expect or actually see today. Ezra, the priest, gets up and reads the Word of God in front of everyone who could listen and understand (Neh. 8:2). The Word of God is also explained in order that the people might understand what they are hearing. Ezra not only reads God's Word but He explains it (Neh. 8:8). This can be a tricky part of declaring God's Word. The impact of God's Word can depend on how well it is explained. If there is too much explanation and illustration the people leave without the text. If they only hear the text then they leave with very little understanding. The key is balance and a whole lot of help from God! When men work with God to do His will and to speak His Word then it should have a profound impact on those who hear and are able to observe. How then should the Word of God impact our generation? It should impact us as it did in the days of Nehemiah and Ezra. The Word of God spoken under the influence of the Holy Spirit should convict (Heb 4:12). God's Word pierces not to destroy but is much like a surgical instrument cutting out that which is not of God. Conviction brought about by God's Word should bring sorrow for sin. Sorrow for disobeying God's Word. It should bring repentance to our life and a change in our hearts NOT just merely in our behaviors. God's Word should not only convict and pierce us but also moves us to experience the joy of God's Word. There is a reviving quality of God's Word. He isn't just wounding us for the sake of hurting us. Much like a good surgeon, He cuts out the things that ail us so that those areas of our life might heal and function properly (Ps. 119:50, 67). The Jews who rebuilt the wall under Nehemiah are moved to sorrow through the understanding of God's Word. They're encouraged not to weep but to rejoice. They repent later and renew their covenant with the Lord. But we must see how God's Word should impact us now through the account given of Nehemiah and the Jewish people of that generation. The necessity of true sorrow for sin, repentance, and being brought back into the joy of the Lord. The necessity of explaining God's Word in a balanced way under the influence of the Holy Spirit. If God's Word is going to impact our generation then these necessities should be at the center. notes 11447775404193
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