Neh.. 8:1 Now in mid-autumn, when the Israelites had settled in their towns, all the people assembled together as one person at the square just inside the Water Gate. They asked Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the LORD had given Israel to obey.
The people of Israel had gathered together from all across the country to worship the Lord. They asked Ezra, the prophet of God, to bring out the Book of the Law of God. What a wonderful way to start any worship service! The people wanted to hear what God had to say, not Ezra, not any other prophet or scholar, but God.
There are so many gatherings of people today where the Word of God is not desired. In some churches, you would be hard pressed to even find a copy of the Word available. Some “pastors” do not bring their Bibles to church. Many people do not want to hear what God has to say, they would much rather hear things that make them feel good about themselves. It is not hard to understand why they might feel that way.
When God speaks, He does not care whether we like it or not. He does not care if it makes us feel good or not. He does not care if we are comfortable or not. He speaks very plainly and directly to the soul’s need. He doesn’t soften the message for anyone. He speaks of repentance and holy living for everyone. His standards for life are high and are applicable for everyone. He strips us of all of our self-sufficiency and righteousness. When we bring out the Word of God we know what we are getting. God never has and never will cater to the likes and dislikes of man.
If you can’t handle the truth, don’t get out your Bible. If you want to know the truth, the Bible is the only place you will find it.