Contributed on Sep 30, 2018
God planned for the return of His people. We see the providence, promise and provision of God in this move back to Jerusalem.
The book of Ezra begins with the end of the exile. • The Kingdom of Babylon has fallen to the Persians, and with the dawn of the Persians empire the subjects were asked to return to their respective homelands. • The first wave of returnees took place in 538BC and that’s where the book ...read more
Contributed on Oct 21, 2018
When we do God's work, we can expect opposition. We don't have to be discouraged. God will finish what He has started.
We started Ezra 1 with the move of God and the edict of King Cyrus, and the start of a long and difficult journey for the exiles returning back to Jerusalem. • In Ezra 2 we have the list of the returning exiles, by families and towns, and the various roles they play. • In Ezra 3 we saw the altar ...read more
Contributed on Oct 27, 2018
God moves the remnant through Haggai and Zechariah to restart the rebuilding of the Temple of God. He assures and encourages them.
The rebuilding of the Temple of God came to a halt, because of the harassment from the Samaritans and the pressure from the Persian officials. • And it stopped for 16 years, until the 2nd year of King Darius’ reign. With the Temple unbuilt, God was left out of their mind and their lives. • The ...read more
Contributed on Nov 18, 2018
We see the unfolding of God's will and the outworking of God's works in fulfilling His will. God raised Ezra, the man of God's Law, to bring about the next phrase of restoration - spiritual reformation and renewal.
Finally, we have Ezra appearing in the book that bears his name. Chapter 7. • We ended chapter 6 with the completion and the dedication of the Temple of God, led by Zerubbabel and Jeshua, under the reign of Darius. • This was made possible because of the move of God (1) through the preaching ...read more
Contributed on Dec 2, 2018
See Ezra's prayer of confession. We acknowledge God's righteousness, submit to His judgement and agree with God concerning His view of sin. We trust in God's forgiving grace.
Ezra 8 – Return to Jerusalem (from Babylon). Ezra returned with 4000 to 5000 people. Initially there weren’t any Levites among them and Ezra made an extra effort to gather them • He knew that he would need the Levites if he is going to teach the Law of God to the people. Ezra managed to get 258 ...read more