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A Dedication Celebration Sermon Blog Day 2

Nehemiah 12:31-39

"So I brought the leaders of Judah up on the wall, and appointed two large thanksgiving choirs. One went to the right hand on the wall toward the Refuse Gate. After them went Hoshaiah and half of the leaders of Judah, and Azariah, Ezra, Meshullam, Judah, Benjamin, Shemaiah, Jeremiah, and some of the priests’ sons with trumpets—Zechariah the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph, and his brethren, Shemaiah, AzarelMilalaiGilalaiMaaiNethanel, Judah, and Hanani, with the musical instruments of David the man of God. And Ezra the scribe went before them.  By the Fountain Gate, in front of them, they went up the stairs of the City of David, on the stairway of the wall, beyond the house of David, as far as the Water Gate eastward. 

The other thanksgiving choir went the opposite way, and I was behind them with half of the people on the wall, going past the Tower of the Ovens as far as the Broad Wall, and above the Gate of Ephraim, above the Old Gate, above the Fish Gate, the Tower of Hananel, the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Sheep Gate; and they stopped by the Gate of the Prison." 

           This celebration included the thanksgiving choirs. These choirs had as their primary function the thanksgiving and praise of God. In addition to the thanksgiving choirs, Ezra the Scribe (who served as the teacher and preacher) “went before them.” Praise and dedication must include praise and the Word of God.  

          The longest book in the Bible is Psalms which is a book of songs. The longest chapter of the Bible is Psalm 119, which mentions God’s Word in almost every single verse of its 176 verses. This means that the longest chapter of the Bible (about God’s Word)is contained in the longest book of the Bible, that is primarily what praise and adoration of God is all about. Dedicating and celebrating what God has done will always include praise and His Word. 

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