Scripture: Ezra 7-10. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
The Bible mentions Ezra as being “a teacher well versed in the Law of Moses, which the Lord, the God of Israel, had given.” Many years after the first exiles returned to Jerusalem, Ezra had returned himself. Ezra was a great teacher and taught the people through both his speaking and through his own example. As we read the second half of the Book of Ezra, we read about his journey and leading the second group of exiles to Jerusalem, King Artaxerxes’ letter to Ezra, the list of the family heads returning with Ezra, how Ezra opposed intermarriage, and the people’s confessions of their sins. Follow along in Ezra 7-10!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Ezra was a man of God and was determined to both study and obey God’s Word. We, too, should be determined to study the Bible and obey God and His will for our lives. When we come up against life’s challenges, we must persevere, work diligently, and realize that God will oversee all of our work. We must also recognize God’s help in our successes, praising Him and giving Him all of the credit for His help and protection. God wants us to look for ways to volunteer to help others, doing the work of His kingdom. God has given us each unique gifts and talents, and we must use them to help others in need and to prepare for His kingdom. After learning the sins of the people, Ezra fell to his knees in prayer, confessing their sins to God. Even when we sin in the worst way possible, we can turn to God with our prayers of repentance, for He is listening. We should always view sin just as serious as Ezra did. All of our sins are forgiven, and we must continuously thank our Heavenly Father for the best gift of all – sending His son to pay the price for our sins so that we could have a second chance and be washed of our sins. Our God is able to rebuild and restore the lives of people. God will restore our relationship with Him and restore our lives, for He is good. 🙂
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Ezra and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.