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After Nehemiah and his workers completed the rebuilding of the wall in
Jerusalem, Ezra stood on a high wooden platform to read from the sacred
scrolls to the people. Early in the morning on October 8, 445 BC he opened
the scrolls, and began to read. When he did the audience rose to their
feet. Ezra continued to read until noon, and the people paid close attention
to what he read.
When he finished reading, Ezra began to praise the Lord, and when he
did, the people said, "Amen! Amen!," as they lifted their hands toward
heaven. Later, they fell on their faces before the Lord and worshiped him.
The Levites took over. They read from the law and explained its meaning
to the people. They encouraged the people not to weep, but to celebrate
the goodness of the Lord.
A few weeks later, the people gathered again. This time they came ready
to confess their sins before God. After another protracted reading from
the law, the people began confessing their sins and worshiping the Lord
and agreed to return to the Lord and obey his commandments.
Revival came. After a time of darkness, the people listened to and applied
the teaching of scripture, and revival poured down from heaven.
2 Chron. 7:14 NASB "and My people who are called by My name humble themselves
and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will
hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
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