Read: Nehemiah 8:5-8
God had given the people success in restoring the wall of the city. This physical restoration was a great and mighty feat—one that would be talked about for years to come. Now the people were ready and willing for spiritual restoration. They were eager to know God in a more intimate way, eager to hear how he cared for and nurtured their ancestors. When Ezra praised God, the people were moved to respond. And, as Ezra opened the book of the Law, they stood up, and in reverence, bowed low to worship God.
Sometimes people can read or hear the Word of God but not truly understand it (cf. Acts 8.29-31). In the case of the wall builders, it was necessary for the Levites to go among the people to explain God’s Word because the scrolls were recorded in Hebrew and the people spoke Aramaic. Today, sometimes it is necessary for believers to go among those who are hungry for God’s Word and introduce them to God’s teachings so they can gain a knowledge and understanding of who God is.
Translation sources say one-third of all languages today still don’t have a Scripture translation, and only 6 percent have the entire Bible. Why do you think it is important for people to be able to read the Scriptures in their own language?