This week’s Pastor to Person is written by Pastor Franklin Garcia.
“Then Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly…the Levites explained the Law to the people while the people remained in their place. They read from the book, from the Law of God, translating to give the sense so that they understood the reading… The entire assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and lived in the booths…And there was very great rejoicing…” Nehemiah 8
The Israelites renewed their commitment to God and a spiritual revival arose in the people of Israel. The Word of God was the center of this spiritual revival. Ezra read the Scripture to the people while the Levites interpreted the Scripture to the listeners. Reading and interpreting the scriptures produced knowledge, repentance, and worship in the people that manifested in obedience. They began to worship God and put into practice what they had heard. They celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles and pledged to obey God. The people of Israel aligned themselves with God’s will through the explanation and understanding of the Law.
We hear the reading and interpretation of God’s Word, week after week. The pastor explains the Scripture so that we can acquire knowledge and understand what God expects His children to do. The response of each of us to the explanation of God’s Word should lead us to renew our commitment to do His will through repentance and obedience to His word. By acting this way we reaffirm that we belong to Him.