During a period of revival after the Babylonian captivity, Ezra read the Torah scroll to the people gathered at the Water Gate in Jerusalem (Neh. 8:1-2).
For the first time since their return, the nation of Israel grasped that Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) was only two weeks away. They made hasty preparation for celebration and gathered again two days after Sukkot (9:1-2).
“Then Jeshua, Bani, Kadmiel, Shebaniah, Bunni, Sherebiah, Bani, and Chenani stood on the stairs of the Levites and cried out with a loud voice to the Lord their God. And the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said:
‘Stand up and bless the Lord your God forever and ever!
Blessed be Your glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise!
You alone are the Lord; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all.
The host of heaven worships You.
You are the Lord God, who chose Abram, and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans, and gave him the name Abraham;
You found his heart faithful before You, and made a covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, and the Girgashites—to give it to his descendants.
You have performed Your words, for You are righteous.'”
In a moment of profound thanksgiving, the nation of Israel recounted God’s loving kindness in not only choosing Abram, but also in leading him to the Promised Land.
What Abram saw by faith, the Levites and the people now celebrated as an accomplished reality. After 70 years of captivity, God’s Chosen People were back and the focus of their praise magnified God’s faithfulness.
1) The Caravan of Abram. (Image used for illustrative purposes) (Photo credit: by James Tissot/[Public domain]/Wikimedia/Enhancement, MKM Portfolios)
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Charles E. McCracken is an international Bible teacher, long-time friend of Israel and advocate for the Jewish people. Rev. McCracken authentically communicates biblical truth making his presentations relevant for those seeking to understand the significance of Israel and the church in Bible prophecy. . He staunchly supports the nation of Israel and the Jewish people’s right to exist and live in peace.