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TEXT: Nehemiah 8:4 “So Ezra the scribe stood on a platform of wood which they had made for the purpose; and beside him, at his right hand, stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Urijah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah; and at his left hand Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam….”

Standing on a specially-built platform within Jerusalem’s newly-built walls, Ezra the scribe read God’s Word to the people for six hours. As he read it they wept, worshipped, and went home rejoicing. Think: God’s Word is so powerful that all you have to do is expose people to it and their lives are changed. Notice the words, ‘Ezra…stood on a platform…they had made for the purpose. ‘When the printing press was invented, one of the first books produced was the Bible. It gave birth to the Reformation, influenced the Industrial Revolution, and changed the world. Now fast-forward to the age of the Internet. Today we have a ‘platform’ capable of reaching every level of society, all the way to the most remote corners of the earth.
Instead of complaining about the garbage on the Internet, become an Internet evangelist, teacher, counsellor or encourager. Don’t let the enemy monopolise it! ‘Those who turn many to righteousness (will shine) like the stars forever and ever’ (Dan. 12:3).
A geologist-turned- missionary was asked by a large oil company to go to work for them in the country where he ministered. His annual salary would be more than he’d earn in his entire lifetime as a missionary. But he said, ‘No.’ When they asked, ‘Isn’t the salary high enough?’ he replied, ‘The salary’s high enough; the job isn’t!’ Jesus said, ‘When I have been lifted…l will draw all people toward Me’. And we have been given a platform to reach the world-let’s use it!

MEDITATION: John 12:32

1 Kings 7, Eph. 4, Ezk. 37, Ps. 87&88

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