Sunday February 23, 2014 – As Christians, we are to saturate ourselves in Scripture. God gives us His word to not just read, but to live and obey, sharing what you learn from scripture with others.

What are we missing? To understand the word, to rejoice in the word, to obey the word…there is where joy is very great. – Pastor Dwayne Terry

How To Approach Scripture

A Practical Guide To Building, Part 07

 You can understand the Bible.

Nehemiah 8:1 – all the people came together as one in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the teacher of the Law to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded for Israel.

Ezra 7:10 – For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.

Nehemiah 8:3-8 – He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law. 4 “Ezra stood on a high wooden platform built for the occasion…” 5 Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up. 6 Ezra praised the LORD, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground. 7 The Levites…instructed the people in the Law while the people were standing there. 8 They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read.

o Find a contemporary translation o Saturate yourself with Scripture. o Be attentive during preaching.
o Plug into a small group.

 You can rejoice in the Bible.

Nehemiah 8:9 – Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the LORD your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.

Romans 3:20 – “…through the Law we become conscious of sin.”
Jeremiah 15:16 – When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my

heart’s delight, for I bear your name, LORD God Almighty.
Psalms 19:8 – The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.

Nehemiah 8:10-12 – Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord.

Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” 11 The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.” 12 Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.

o Keep your attention on what God has done for you.
Isaiah 44:22 – I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the

morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”

o Look for ways to share what you have with others.  You can obey the Bible.

James 1:22-25 – Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it–not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it–they will be blessed in what they do.

Matthew Henry – “Holy joy is oil to the wheels of our obedience.”

Nehemiah 8:13-17 – On the second day of the month, the heads of all the families, along with the priests and the Levites, gathered around Ezra the teacher to give attention to the words of the Law. 14 They found written in the Law, which the LORD had commanded through Moses, that the Israelites were to live in temporary shelters during the festival of the seventh month 15 and that they should proclaim this word and spread it throughout their towns and in Jerusalem: “Go out into the hill country and bring back branches from olive and wild olive trees, and from myrtles, palms and shade trees, to make temporary shelters”–as it is written. 16 So the people went out and brought back branches and built themselves temporary shelters on their own roofs, in their courtyards, in the courts of the house of God and in the square by the Water Gate and the one by the Gate of Ephraim. 17 The whole company that had returned from exile built temporary shelters and lived in them. From the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day, the Israelites had not celebrated it like this. And their joy was very great.

o Ask God for personal transformation as you read and understand the Bible.

o When God reveals something to you, don’t put it off. o Ask someone to help hold you accountable.

Psalm 85:6 – “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?”