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WHAT DO YOU HUNGER FOR? – Nehemiah 8:1-3
We just got finished with Thanksgiving. The anticipation of the once-a-year Thanksgiving meal with all the special trimmings has come and gone. But the anticipation we had of that meal doesn’t have to stop! It doesn’t just have to be for one meal one time a year!
The people of Jerusalem were hungry, but not for physical food. They knew something was missing. The walls were rebuilt and the leaders were set in place, but yet a nagging hunger for something still remained that no government could satisfy.
We saw this past Sunday in Nehemiah 8:1-3 that the people gathered as one on the first day of the seventh month at the Water Gate and insisted Ezra, the High Priest, read to them the Word of God. They leaned in and for 6 whole hours listened attentively, eagerly, hungrily, to the words Ezra read and taught to them.
There’s 4 things we can learn from this.
They met on the first day of the seventh month, which was the Feast of Trumpets, Rosh Hashanah, their New Year’s Day, a day of Thanksgiving and praise to God.
They called on Pastor Ezra to teach them the Word of God they had neglected for far too long.
They met at the Water Gate. Remember, water represents the washing of God’s Word, so they met in close proximity to God’s Word where they could be cleansed from the world’s filth of sin.
And Four, How?
They listened attentively, eagerly, hungrily, with anticipation of what God wanted to say to them.
Without going into a deep teaching on this, I’m going to direct you to the Podcast on our website to listen to this Sunday’s message, “What Do You Hunger For?” Just click on the link below and it’ll direct you to it.
Please take the time to listen. It’ll challenge you and strengthen you as you go though this week.
Have a blessed week in Jesus as we gear up for the celebration of His birthday in a few weeks!