Nehemiah 8:4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.
Ezra stood on a pulpit of wood. That is so often misunderstood. He wasn’t standing on a lectern or a speakers podium. He was standing on a platform built for that purpose. He was raised above the people so they could see and hear him. This pulpit or platform was so big that he had thirteen men standing up there with him. Six were on one side and seven on the other. They were there to show their agreement with his explanation. They would later help the people understand what had been read.
I love this. The preacher didn’t stand alone and preach what he thought but had many that knew the truth and stood with him to preach it. They were there saying what he is reading is what it is saying. We are here in agreement.
The reading was so essential that special preparations had been made. Get a place for the reader and Bible explainer to stand. Get people to see what the text says and make sure that the preacher says what the text says.
This is God’s Word and should be taken very seriously when we stand to read, preach, teach, and explain. Are we taking the Book that seriously?
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