Today in my devotional reading I was blessed and reminded of the simple-fearful responsiblity we as Pastor-Teachers have, in handling the Scriptures and handing the Scriptures, to the people God loves so much.
The background to Nehemiah 8:8, was a revival that was going on in the hearts of the people; the primary reason for that revival was the return of the people to the Word of God (the Bible) - something Ezra was instrumental in bringing about.
"So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading." They just read the Bible (for 6 hours), made it clear, and gave the meaning to the people so they could understand what was being read.
My prayer, hope, ambition and passion, is that I would do the same. That this church, and all of God's church, here, there and everywhere, would let God speak; would rightly divide and rightly declare the Word of God, to the people of God, for the glory of God. If you come to Calvary Chapel El Monte, bring your Bible, maybe a notepad, but especially come with an open heart, cause we're going to do our best to give you God's Word.
(Here's some further Scriptures to ponder on this topic – Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1; 119:9, 105; Ezra 7:10; Amos 9:11-12; 2 Timothy 2:15; 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12)