Ezra and Nehemiah are responsible for leading what has been called one of the greatest spiritual revivals in history. The remnant in the land made a radical turn from idolatry to the worship of the one true God. They came back to their spiritual roots. The record of that history was God’s Word. It says,  “So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly…And he read from it …from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.”

The Bible was the very basis of the new life.  It was welcomed in every public assembly. It was the key to the education of the children. It was the central theme upon which all “true life” could be built. It seems the whole nation recognized its worth. When “Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people… all the people stood.  And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, ‘Amen, Amen,’ ?lifting up their hands. ?And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.” Under Ezra and Nehemiah Israel was reborn and flourished.

Franklin D. Roosevelt said of the United States, “We cannot read the history of our rise and development as a nation, without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in shaping the advances of the Republic. … [W]here we have been the truest and most consistent in obeying its precepts, we have attained the greatest measure of contentment and prosperity”

Woodrow Wilson remarked, “A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about …The Bible … is the one supreme source of revelation of the meaning of life, the nature of God and spiritual nature and needs of men. It is the only guide of life which really leads the spirit in the way of peace and salvation. America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the elements of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scripture.”

True revival begins nationally and personally with a new reverence and respect for God’s Word.

“For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9)