In the middle of the 5th Century BC the returning exiles from Babylonia, under the direction of their Governor, Nehemiah, had rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem. The people clamored for a reading of the Torah, the Book of the Law of Moses, which was the Scripture of their day. And they stood at attention as Ezra, the priest and scribe, read from the Torah for upwards to six hours. Levites also helped Ezra give the sense of the Word of God to the people. This incident helps us to understand important elements of what goes on in the Divine Service as we gather each week as a Christian Community.