Law and Covenant

“Once settled, the people are called together for a reading of the law on the first day of the civil year.  Ezra, Nehemiah, and the Levites spend long hours reading and interpreting the law.  When the people mourn for all the sins they have committed under the law, they are reminded that it is a festival day to be celebrated.  And the people soon join in the reinstitution of the Festival of Tabernacles, which commemorates the Israelites’ living in tents during the wilderness wanderings.

Some three weeks later the law is read again, and the people respond with a great national confession and a written covenant with God.  Truly it is one of the finest hours in the history of God’s people.”

Read:  Nehemiah 8, 9, 10

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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