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Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Is GOD Gracious to you? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To prove GOD's graciousness 4 ways using this text: Ezra 9:8 IV. TEXT: Ezra 9:8 (New Living Translation, Second Edition) “But now we have been gi

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I. EXORDIUM:

Is GOD Gracious to you?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To prove GOD's graciousness 4 ways using this text: Ezra 9:8

IV. TEXT:

Ezra 9:8 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

“But now we have been given a brief moment of grace, for the Lord our God has allowed a few of us to survive as a remnant. He has given us security in this holy place. Our God has brightened our eyes and granted us some relief from our slavery.

V. THESIS:

GOD's graciousness 4 ways found in Ezra 9:8

VI. TITLE:

GOD is Gracious

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: unknown. Ezra might have been the compiler

B. Date written: 450 B.C.

C. Purpose: To document GOD's faithfulness, keeping His promises, sovereignly protecting His People and returned them to their own land.

D. To whom written: Jerusalem's restored remnant and future generations.

E. Main theme: Return of the Jews from Babylonian captivity

F. Keywords: Word of GOD, Power of the Word of GOD in human life, Word of the LORD

G. Key verses:

Ezra 1:3 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Any of you who are his people may go to Jerusalem in Judah to rebuild this Temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives in Jerusalem. And may your God be with you!

Ezra 7:10 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

This was because Ezra had determined to study and obey the Law of the Lord and to teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel.

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. GOD left us a remnant

"for the Lord our God has allowed a few of us to survive as a remnant"

The word "remnant" came from the Hebrew word that sounds like "deliverance." Our GOD delivered us from everything that we need deliverance to and we know in our hearts that we don't deserve any of His Goodness and Kindnesses to us, but it's His Grace at work for us. The more we get away from Him, the more He ran to save us.

Obadiah 1:17 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

“But Jerusalem will become a refuge for those who escape; it will be a holy place. And the people of Israel will come back to reclaim their inheritance.

Joel 2:32 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

But everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved, for some on Mount Zion in Jerusalem will escape, just as the Lord has said. These will be among the survivors whom the Lord has called.

Genesis 45:7 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

God has sent me ahead of you to keep you and your families alive and to preserve many survivors.

B. GOD gave a firm place

"He has given us security in this holy place"

In the Hebrew, it's stated "to give us a nail" sounds like "nail, paddle, pin, stake" so it won't topple it's firmed nailed in it's place.

"firmly in place like a nail in the wall"

Isaiah 22:23 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

He will bring honor to his family name, for I will drive him firmly in place like a nail in the wall.

Isaiah 54:2 (Amplified Bible)

Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; spare not; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes,


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