And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God; and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands; and they bowed their heads and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.
The Levites, helped the people to understand the law, while the people remained in their places.
And they read from the book, from the law of God, clearly; and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.
And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.
//Nehemiah 8:6-8, 12
After this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to come.
And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
As we move through the Days of Awe, we should find ourselves drawing closer to God in our works, worship and service (‘Teshuva’).
Te: in our acronym of T-Sh-U-V-H (Teshuva) reminds us of Tamim, our sincerity before God.
🎯 Do we hunger for understanding his Words? Or have we grown complacent in our pursuit of them. Settling for a lesser truth than the fullness.
🎯Do we sincerely desire his desires? Or are we preoccupied only with our own.
🎯When was the last time you spoke to Jesus and asked him what he is praying for?
God our Father has delighted to give his people consolation through the understanding of his word under the instruction of his priests since the beginning.
When Jesus began to establish his Church on earth, he followed in His Fathers footsteps, appointing priests (“presbyters” or elders) to share instruction and understanding of his gospel across the earth. Knowing the number of his priesthood was too small to accomplish the task of a huge harvest he asked the priests to pray for more priests. He then gifted His church with Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers (Eph 4:11) to help build it.
🎯When was the last time you prayed for priestsly vocations to increase?
🎯Have you ever asked the Lord directly if He’d like you to become a priest? What about your son? Grandson? Brother? Nephew?
Christ knows our petitions well. It’s on us to know His well. Ask Jesus today what he’s praying for.
Be sincere with God. “Draw near to Him as he draws near to you.”
🙏🏼 Pray: Jesus, tell Me what’s on your heart today? How can I help you, Lord? I want to sincerely help build your kingdom. For I know the harvest is plenty and the laborers few.