What did you learn?
Was the Gospel preached?
What struck me today in our little Anglican fellowship was from the study in Nehemiah. The poison tester was in a place of great trust, and that great trust earned him the ability to make a request that went against a former decree, to never rebuild the city of Judah. God had made a way. The example threads throughout scripture. The story of Esther leading up to the profound statement in Esther 4:16. The story of Paul leading up to the equally profound statement in Acts 20:24. Ultimately, these were people who were driven by a higher call, one that would be even more important than their own life.
Next week, I am the scripture reader, continuing on this journey through Nehemiah.
I have preached at the pulpits of many churches. I have taught many people over the years. Yet I feel that nothing is more of an honor than this. I had never felt a reverence for God’s Word before. I suspect because my interpretation of it was where my mind was at for so many years. This is different. I am reading God’s Holy and Infallible Word. That Word has power. It is not my power behind it anymore. It is God’s.