It Was Everywhere! (Nehemiah 8:2-3)

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If you were alive in the 1980’s, you will instantly recognize it as soundbites from the video arcade game PacMan. I remember driving through the streets of Honolulu and at every intersection and traffic stop, these familiar noises permeated the air. It was everywhere! Department stores, supermarkets, restaurants-all placed a PacMan game in their lobbies or at their entrances. Magazines and media articles emerged with instructions on how to master the game. I was impressed that a video game could capture the attention of the population in such a short period of time. Everyone was involved.

On the first day of the seventh month, the priest Ezra brought the law before the assembly of men, women, and all who could listen with understanding. While he was facing the square in front of the Water Gate, he read out of it from daybreak until noon before the men, the women, and those who could understand. All the people listened attentively to the book of the law.

Nehemiah 8:2-3 (CSB)

This passage from Nehemiah describes a religious revival that occured in Jerusalem after the Jewish people returned after seventy years of captivity in Babylon. It was a time of spiritual fervor as the people recommitted themselves to serving God. Can you imagine the entire population attentively listening to God’s Word being read? We later learn that other scribes and priests were present to help the people understand what they were hearing. Everyone was involved. God’s Word was everywhere!

Could something like this happen again? The world may say no but experiences like PacMan demonstrate how quickly the attention of everyone can turn and become an obsession. In this world we live in, fractured by a pandemic, racism, and social inequality, a revival of God’s Word is desperately needed. Instead of turning to social media pundits and allowing the press and internet sites to manipulate our opinions, we need to return to God’s unchanging and absolute Truth. Only in trusting and believing in Jesus Christ will true solutions emerge that will continue throughout eternity, not to be discarded like the latest PacMan fad. 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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