Thursday, July 16, 2020

July 16

I’m not sure if I’m curious, or defiant, but I want to know why things are done, especially when it comes to religion, I want to know why we do what we do. Why do we close our eyes when we pray? Why do we raise our hands in praise? Why do we bow our heads? Some preachers, including one of my favorite preachers, Steven Furtick, has his congregation stand when he reads the word of God, why? I had all those questions answered today, except the closing of our eyes when we pray; I still haven’t found the answer to that one; I’ve found good reasons for doing it, like helping you maintain your focus, but nothing biblical. The rest of the questions are summed up in a couple of verses from Nehemiah. 

And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood. And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground. Nehemiah 8:5-6

That’s not all! While Ezra read the book of the law, there were others throughout the congregation, appointed to explain what the scripture meant so that it was understood by everyone. That is why we have preachers, and teachers. God is so good! He never wanted anyone to be left out for lack of understanding. Isn’t this interesting?

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