After the wall is completed, the Lord puts it in Nehemiah’s heart to register the people according to genealogy. At the end of the list of genealogy, Nehemiah says that all the people then dwelt in their cities.
Now that the people are physically secure, Nehemiah and Ezra decide it is time to make sure the people are spiritually secure. So the people gather in the open square and Ezra brings the Book of the Law of Moses and reads “from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.”
“And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, ‘This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn nor weep.’” The Levites encourage the people who are weeping over their sin to be joyful bc of the renewed relationship with the Lord. “And all the people went their way to eat and drink, to send portions and rejoice greatly, because they understood the words that were declared to them.”
See, it’s one thing to read or hear God’s Word, but to read or hear God’s Word with understanding brings great joy and blessings! So keep reading! 📖 🙌