Take Your Place

“On the first day of the seventh month, Ezra the Priest brought the Law before the assembly which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand. He read it aloud from daybreak till noon. And, all the people listened attentively to the book of the Law. Ezra the Scribe stood on a high wooden platform built for the occasion” (Nehemiah 8:2-4).

Daybreak till noon! That’s a long time for people to listen attentively to anything let alone a book of the Law! Of course, this was “the book of the Law of Moses which the Lord had commanded for Israel” (Nehemiah 8:1).  So, it contained all the wisdom of God as it pertained to living life on this earth.  Now, Ezra didn’t just read from the Law, but we’re told in this passage that he made this wisdom of God clear and explained it so that the people could understand what was being read. The Israelites hunger for such wisdom caused them to rejoice when they heard it.  “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” (Nehemiah 8:12).

Men, that’s a picture of our families today.  They are hungry for the wisdom of God.  Psalm 143 says, “My soul thirsts for you like a parched land.” We live in a parched land. There are a lot of voices trying to be heard, but there is one that God has called to speak. Men, that’s us. We are the God-ordained priests of our homes. Just as the Israelites gave Ezra a platform to speak from, God has given us a platform as well. God wants us to guide our loved ones in every area of daily life: financial, health, social and spiritual. Not to dictate our will, but not to disconnect ourselves either. Think of your role as being the chairman of every committee. Of course, we’ll need to know what God’s word says about living life on this earth, so we’ll have to study it; Proverbs is a good place to start.

Men, our families are hungry for us to take our place on the platform. Let’s make the wisdom of God clear and understood in our homes. They’ll listen, and they’ll rejoice when we do.


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