Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

– Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

Nehemiah was sent to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. As the priest Ezra was reading the Law, many of the Jews began to weep, for they were hearing the words of God for the first time in their lives. When we understand something about the nature of God, we too, can be overwhelmed by the years of ignorance and the toll it has taken upon our lives. But now we can obey the Scripture and be filled with joy. God wants to strengthen us according to His word.

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