The Joy of God’s People in Understanding God’s Word
One of my passions in life is to teach the Bible to people. Whether I do it in a small group, or on a pulpit, or through blogs, it always brings joy in me. I make sure that the people properly understand the Word of God (and that’s why I’m so committed to the exposition of the Word).
But why do I want people to properly understand the Word? Why am I so committed to teach the Word in an expository manner? I’ll show you my answer in Nehemiah 8, when Ezra was reading the Law:
8They [Ezra and others] read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading. (Emphases added)
So “they gave the sense,” meaning, they clearly explained the Law, so that the people will understand. Now lets jump to verse 12:
12And 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. (Emphases added)
Why were the people rejoicing? It’s because they understood the Word of God.
That’s it! What is at stake when we teach the Word is the joy of the people. And that joy only comes when they understood the Word.
So teacher, preacher, small group facilitators, bloggers, and to all who teach the Word of God, this is my exhortation: We must help the people understand the Word, for this understanding leads to their joy.
We don’t want to deprive people of their joy, right?