|Photo Credit: Microsoft Clip Art|
I feel blessed. Because of when and where I was born I am able to read God’s word. I was born in an age and culture that values education. I learned from a very early point in life what the markings on paper, when written in English, mean. I am able to read something and comprehend. Because of that, I am able to pick up a Bible and read it. The ability to pick up a Bible is another blessing. I am sitting in my office. In this room I have nine Bibles that I was easily able to look around and count. Many of those are various translations, King James Version, New Living Translation, New International Version (Copyright 1984 & 2011), Contemporary English Version, and the New American Standard Bible. Not only do I have those printed Bible, but I also have at my finger tips electronic copies of those translations and many more on my computer screen and on the Bible App from YouVersion. I am blessed that each day I have the ability and option to read from God’s Word.
That was not the case for the Exiles returning to Judah and Jerusalem. Many probably had the ability to read, but most did not have a copy of the Law – the first five books of the Bible, also known as The Pentateuch, The Torah, and the Law of Moses. When Ezra along with the other priest read and explained the Law to them they were amazed at what it said. What an event to witness that day. The stories of the Bible amaze me many days, but sometimes I find it rather boring because it has been a part of my entire life. But here are the people, most hearing God’s Word’s and commands for the first time.
If nothing else, consider yourself blessed that this morning you could read the Bible out of your choice to do so because of when and where you born. Consider yourself blessed to have at your finger tips many English translations of the Bible to help you get a fuller grasp of God’s Word. Consider yourself blessed to be able to use technology to read God’s Word. Friends, we are truly blessed!