Marathon Bible Reading!
Now all the people gathered together as one man in the open square that wasin front of the Water Gate; and they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded Israel. 2 So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly of men and women and all who could hear with understanding on the first day of the seventh month. 3 Then he read from it in the open square that was in front of the Water Gate from morning until midday, before the men and women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.
5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standingabove all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up. 6 And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. Then all the people answered, “Amen, Amen!” while lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
8 So they read distinctly from the book, in the Law of God; and they gave the sense, and helped them to understand the reading.
Back in 444 B.C. Ezra started reading the Law (the only Bible they had back then) standing on a platform in front of the people for the next 6 hours. The first Bible Reading Marathon recored in the Bible. Yes God's Word going forth out loud over the congregation was important back then and is still vitally important today. They stood in reverence of the Word (Law), they praised the Lord, and bowed down in humble worship! They listened carefully as the scripture was read and explained. What an amazing day as "the Lord had commanded for Israel" was read aloud inside Jerusalem's newly built walls! Ezra's example reminds us that we too can B used by God to declare(read out loud) His Word and that it will have effect on our city's for it does not return to Him void but accomplishes what He pleases (His purpose and plan)and shall prosper in it. You can contact us to learn how to have a "Marathon Bible Reading" in your city. See contact at biblereadingmarathon.org #BibleReadingMarathon #U2CanBusedByGod
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