Effective Teaching and Hearing

Text: Nehemiah 8:1-8

This passage describes Ezra the priest reading the book of the law to the people. It shows how the word of God can be effectively presented by the speaker. It also shows how the word of God can be appropriately received by the audience.

How to Effectively Present the Word of God

  • Bring the Word of God before the people (v. 2) – teach the word of God, not something else (1 Peter 4:11); bring the gospel to them (Romans 10:14)
  • Open the book in the sight of all (v. 5) – make it clear to all that the message is from God (Acts 17:2-3); this is done through book, chapter, and verse preaching
  • Bless the Lord (v. 6) – we must recognize our place before God (2 Corinthians 4:5); direct people to the Lord, not to ourselves
  • Read from the book (v. 8) – it contains God’s instructions for us (2 Peter 1:3); give attention to reading (1 Timothy 4:13)
  • Explain it so that the people understand (v. 8) – Paul taught in such a way that others could understand (Ephesians 3:4), we must do the same; without understanding, people won’t make the necessary applications

How to Appropriately Receive the Word of God

  • Ask for the word of God to be brought (v. 1) – be eager to learn (Acts 17:11); we must desire and demand that the word of God is what is preached (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
  • Be willing to listen (v. 3) – be patient in your desire to learn; appreciating the importance of the word should lead to a greater desire to patiently hear it (Romans 1:16; Luke 8:8)
  • Respect God and His law (v. 5) – we must fear God if we wish to be welcomed by Him (Acts 10:34-35); we must keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13) and act according to divine authority (Colossians 3:17)
  • Worship the Lord (v. 6) – we must do more than just listen; we must worship (John 4:24) and serve God wholeheartedly (Romans 12:1)

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