There were three points which stood out to me and I will share them in three separate posts. The first was a verse from Ezra 7:10: "This was because Ezra had determined to study and obey the Law of the Lord and teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel."
Jean interpreted the verse to mean that we need to first study the Word, then do the Word before teaching it to others. She cited the example of a pastor who had taught his son to be honest, yet when the son was not accepted into a course he had applied for, his parents told him not to tell others about the rejection. They advised him to say he was accepted into another course instead. His parents taught him the Word but failed to perform the Word themselves.
I am aware that my children are watching what I say and do more than what I nag at them to do and sometimes, I hear my speech patterns come out from their mouths. I am reminded to be a good role model in word and in deed.
Also, I tell J to read his Bible every day, yet I give my devotional a cursory glance in the morning and by the end of the day, I can hardly remember what I have read. May I be like Ezra, who studied and obeyed before he taught. The preceding verse said that the gracious hand of God was upon Ezra. Ezra's dedication to the Word had won him God's approval. May we all be pleasing to Him too. :)