So, we’ve seen the call and the content of Biblical preaching. Now lastly, I want to end by looking at the consequences of Biblical preaching in 8:9-12, “Then Nehemiah, who was the governor, and 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 or weep.” For all the people were weeping when they heard the words of the law. Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” So the Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for the day is holy; do not be grieved.” All the people went away to eat, to drink, to send portions, and to celebrate a great festival, because they understood the words which had been made known to them.”
Here in this last section we find the glorious results of true Biblical preaching. When these people had just experienced a horrible tragedy that lasted for many years, they knew what they needed, so they asked for it. Ezra preached it and what happened? The people wept because they saw how far short they came from God’s standards. But Ezra spoke further from the Word in the midst of their sin, and told them to rejoice and not be grieved because the joy of the Lord is their strength. So all the people went away to eat, drink, and celebrate because (this is key) they understood the words that had been made known to them.
So Church, how will you respond when tragedy strikes and/or questions come either from non-Christians or from your own heart? Will you respond how Israel responded here and ask someone to “BRING THE BOOK?” I pray you would. Moses said it clearly in Deuteronomy 32:46-47, “Take to heart all the words which I am saying to today, for this word is no vain or idle word for you, it is your life.”