All the people gathered as though they were one in the square to read the Book. Nehemiah 8:1.
Like friendly sardines in a can. Squished to gel as one.
They implored Ezra to read on a soapbox.
From Early Morning sunrise.
To the white hot Midday sun.
Matthew Henry said it was an ordinance of God
to read the Word aloud.
Give sense to it.
Understanding and good sense.
"All that we hear must, however,
be brought to the test of Scripture.
They heard readily and minded every word.
The Word of God demands our attention.
If through carelessness we let much slip in hearing,
there is danger that through forgetfulness
we shall let all slip after hearing."
COME BOLDLY: Timeless Prayers
Oh Father, I want to read the Word of God every day aloud and alive.
Would you give us all good sense to understand.
Help make sense of these lives of ours.
PHOTO: Early Morning. The break of dawn. The soap box. Ezra stands and speaks and makes sense of this life of ours til the sun settles directly over the square.