Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Ezra


Now Xerxes son is ruling the kingdom of Persia.

God causes him to facilitate the return of the exiles to Jerusalem, with money and manpower, protected by the law.

Ezra is a leader of the people.

6 -7 That's Ezra. He arrived from Babylon, a scholar well-practiced in the Revelation of Moses that the God of Israel had given. Because God's hand was on Ezra, the king gave him everything he asked for. Some of the Israelites—priests, Levites, singers, temple security guards, and temple slaves—went with him to Jerusalem. It was in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king.

He had dedicated himself to God, even while in a foreign and pagan land.

"Ezra had committed himself to studying the Revelation of God, to living it, and to teaching Israel to live its truths and ways."

Ezra was a scholar and a priest, and he believed God and trusted God to protect and defend them.

21 -22 I proclaimed a fast there beside the Ahava Canal, a fast to humble ourselves before our God and pray for wise guidance for our journey—all our people and possessions. I was embarrassed to ask the king for a cavalry bodyguard to protect us from bandits on the road. We had just told the king, "Our God lovingly looks after all those who seek him, but turns away in disgust from those who leave him."
23 So we fasted and prayed about these concerns. And he listened.

Even though the little band had 25 tons of silver and a lot of gold, they arrived safely and began to lead the people in worshipping and seeking God and living according to His word.

Oh may we be like Ezra!

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