For Nehemiah and the others the repairs of the city walls were complete and now they would keep the fall feasts as The Law prescribed. All of this was done, because they honored what God had instructed and things were in their right order.

It is very instructive to see the people's reaction to hearing God's word, and not the opinions of the speaker. I marvel at the reverence for God and His word and it is reflected in the people.

The church could learn some things form Chapter 8.