Google+ 11/12/13 I Hear, I Forget. I See, I Remember. I Do, I Understand!

Nehemiah 8:1-3


All the people assembled with a unified purpose at the square just inside the Water Gate.

They asked Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses,

Which the Lord had given for Israel to obey.

So on October 8, Ezra the priest brought the Book of the Law before the assembly,

Which included the men and women and all the children old enough to understand.

He faced the square just inside the Water Gate from early morning until noon

And read aloud to everyone who could understand.

All the people listened closely to the Book of the Law.


In part fourteen of our eighteen-part devotion series entitled, "Water, Water, Everywhere!" we turn to the prophet Nehemiah. This well-known prophet's name means "The Lord Comforts."  We will remember that Nehemiah was the governor of Jerusalem that rebuilt the city wall.  He was the personal cupbearer to the Persian King Artaxerxes I.  He received permission from the king to return to Judah and restore the people's fortunes.  God assured his success even in light of the constant attacks by Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite, and Geshem the Arab.  Nehemiah and his workers finished the wall.  Nehemiah appointed officials in Jerusalem.  Then there was the first official act of the completion of the new wall.  On October 8 (notice the specific date), Nehemiah called Ezra to stand just inside the water gate of the city and read the book of the Law.  Notice who attended!  All the men and women and children that could understand.  What, no separate children's church?!  No, the children that were "able to understand" were all included.  Notice that everyone was present for a unified purpose.  Also notice they were all united because of their need for "water," both physical and spiritual.  We can learn much from this short passage of Scripture.  First, EVERYONE must be included.  Any denomination or Christian gathering that forms some "rule" that excludes, is simply not of God.  They may speak as if they are, but they simply are preaching false doctrine.  When God says everyone, He means everyone.  Some of the most precious moments in our worship services are when our children speak.  We quickly discern that they do "get it" and should always be included, not secluded so they "aren't heard."  When we assemble for any function, we should hear God's Word.  It is the "water" that nourishes our souls.  There are many ways to do that in our Local New Testament Church.  Scripture, music, preaching, teaching, fellowship, Bible study, prayer, and praise are but a few that are extremely effective.  Our purpose in gathering should always be the same.  We must glorify God and praise Him.  Finally, the Book of the Law was read out loud and all the people listened.  Proclaiming God's Holy Word lets Him know that we are being obedient.  Understanding comes from active participation.  Hearing is a great start, but it is not everything we should do.  Remember that this gathering had just completed their incredible task of rebuilding the wall.  We should all be able to proclaim, "I Hear, I Forget.  I See, I Remember.  I Do, I Understand!"