A Thought for Today June 17, 2018

A Thought for Today June 17, 2018

“All Rise”
 
New Paris COB has a tradition that started many years ago.
When the scripture is read on a Sunday morning, the congregation stands for the reading.
 
 
Please read the following verses.
 
Nehemiah 8:1-6
1 all the people assembled as one man in the square before the Water Gate. They told Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded for Israel.
 
2 So on the first day of the seventh month Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, which was made up of men and women and all who were able to understand.
3 He read it aloud from daybreak till noon as he faced the square before the Water Gate in the presence of the men, women and others who could understand. And all the people listened attentively to the Book of the Law.
 
4 Ezra the scribe stood on a high wooden platform built for the occasion. Beside him on his right stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah and Maaseiah; and on his left were Pedaiah, Mishael, Malkijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah and Meshullam.
5 Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up.
6 Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.
 
Now I suspect this scripture (especially verse 5) has something to do for the tradition of standing for scripture.
 
Nevertheless, think about it.
We stand for the national anthem to honor our country.
Many people stand for the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus because a king did that at one time.
 
I think it is only right that we stand for the reading of the Word of God, to show respect to the Godhead and the great things they have done.
 
No, you do not have to stand for the reading of scripture to honor the Lord God.
 
However, give some thought to what you can do to bring the Godhead more honor and glory.
 
Then act on those thoughts.

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