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Nehemiah 8:10

Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

The context of this passage is that the nation of Israel returns after hundreds of years of captivity in Babylon.  The city was in ruins.  Under the leadership of Ezra and Nehemiah, the exiles rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem.  It was difficult and dangerous work and not without setbacks and suffering.  When the work was finally completed, Ezra reads from the law, Nehemiah preaches a great sermon, the people worship and then, they have a party….

  1. Why was it so important for the people to celebrate?
  2. What do you think “the joy of the Lord is your strength” means?
  3. How is it true for you?