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Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Do you believe the One who promised to you is powerful, willing and able? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show GOD's Hand is on us. IV. TEXT: Ezra 8:31b (New Living Translation, Second Edition) We b

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I. EXORDIUM:

Do you believe the One who promised to you is powerful, willing and able?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show GOD's Hand is on us.

IV. TEXT:

Ezra 8:31b (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

We broke camp at the Ahava Canal on April 19 and started off to Jerusalem. And the gracious hand of our God protected us and saved us from enemies and bandits along the way.

"And the gracious hand of our God protected us and saved us from enemies and bandits along the way. "

V. THESIS:

GOD's Hand is on us to protect us and save us from enemies.

VI. TITLE:

GOD's hand on us

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. It's a fact. = GOD's Hand encourages us.

"And the gracious hand of our God protected us and saved us"

Nehemiah 2:18 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Then I told them about how the gracious hand of God had been on me, and about my conversation with the king. They replied at once, “Yes, let’s rebuild the wall!” So they began the good work.

Psalms 37:24 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.

John 10:28 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me,

Psalms 31:15 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

My future is in your hands. Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly.

GOD's Hand encourages us.

1 Timothy 2:8 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.

B. It protects us from evil people.

"God protected us and saved us from enemies and bandits along the way."

1 John 5:18-19 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them.

We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.

2 Thessalonians 3:2-3 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer.

But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.


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