Ezra 7:6-10, 27-28
Ezra was one of three key leaders during the return of the Jewish nation from Babylonian captivity. Zerubbabel was the first to encourage rebuilding of the Temple. Nehemiah was involved with rebuilding of the walls. Ezra was key to restoring the people to worship God. Chapters 1-6 describe the first return and the rebuilding of the temple. Chapters 7-10 contain Ezra's return to Jerusalem, his ministry, and the confrontation of the people.
Ibis was Ezra's first trip, eighty years after the initial exiles returned to Jerusalem and it took four months to complete (Ezra 2:1). Ezra had to ask permission from the king so he could return to Jerusalem. He wanted to guide many of the Jewish people back to Jerusalem and he needed a directive or decree, from the king stating that if any Jew wanted to return to Jerusalem they could do so. This decree would an official government document, be like a passport, just in case of any hostility during their travels.
This official document displayed God's blessing on Ezra (Ezra 7:6, 28). It is apparent that Ezra had held a distinguished position and gave up that role to return to Jerusalem to teach God's laws to the Israelites. His action shows us how God's people can be put into action by a Bible teacher. He was well educated in the laws of God, and he made it a goal to obey those laws, which in turn made him an effective teacher. Not only was his speaking effective but his actions as well.
We should strive to study and obey God's Word as Ezra did:
Three things happened before Ezra's mission began:
We can see that Ezra:
Ezra gave thanks to God for everything He had done for him and through him. God chose to honor Ezra because he had honored God throughout his life. Ezra could have assumed that the king and his princes were won over by his own charisma and grandeur, but he gave God the credit. We should also be thankful to God for our accomplishments and reject the idea that we achieved them on our own.
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