The 48th Day – The joy of the LORD is your strength
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” — Nehemiah 8:10 (NIV)
Nehemiah, means “Comforted of/is the LORD,” is the central figure of the Book of Nehemiah, which describes his work rebuilding Jerusalem and purifying the Jewish community.
After the temple was rebuilt in 516 BC by Zerubbabel and Joshua, It was the time for the city of Jerusalem to be restored as well. In 459 BC, Ezra, a Jewish priest brought the Jewish people back to the law and challenged them to be a Holy Nation.
In today’s verse, the people wept openly when they heard God’s laws and realised how far they were from obeying them. But Ezra told them they should be filled with joy because the day was holy. It was time to celebrate and to give gifts to those in need.
This is the story in a ‘easy to understand’ version (forgive me, this is the only version I can find)