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Archive for March 30th, 2010

(Ezra 1:1) In order that word of the LORD by mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD STIRRED up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia.

(Ezra 1:4-6) Then rose up the survivors, everyone whose spirit God had STIRRED to go up & rebuild the house of the LORD in Jerusalem.

(Ezra 1:7) Cyrus the king brought out the vessels of the house of the LORD that Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem to Babylon.

(Ezra 2:1-63) A list of those returning from exile – each to his home town that had not been seen for 70 years, some had never been there.

(Ezra 2:64) Returnees include 42360 people + 7337 servants + 200 singers + 6720 donkeys + 1416 horses, mules, camels.

(Ezra 3:2) Zerubbabel & Jeshua rebuild the altar on the temple site and Israel celebrates Feast of Tabernacles.

(Ezra 3:7) Returnees trade food, drink and oil for word from Lebanon just as Solomon had done.

(Ezra 3:10-11) Music ministry re-established according to David’s directions. "They sang responsively, praising & giving thanks to LORD".

(Ezra 3:12-13) While most shout with joy as second temple’s foundations are laid, old men who has seen the first temple weep.

(Ezra 4:1-4) Samaritans ask to help build the temple but their request is denied and so they work to discourage and frustrate.

(Ezra 5:1-2) Zerubbabel and Jeshua begin to rebuild the temple with the support of the prophesying of the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah.

(Ezra 6:14) Temple completed by decree of the God of Israel and by decree of Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes kings of Persia-Babylon-Assyria.

(Ezra 6:19-22) The returnees celebrate the first Passover back in the land after 70 years of exile. A theme in Ezra: great joy in worship.

(Ezra 6:21) People made up of returnees & Jews who had remained in land during exile & now joined with returnees, separating from Samaritans

(Ezra 7:6) Ezra was a scribe skilled in the Law of Moses that the LORD the God of Israel had given. The hand of the LORD his God was on him.

(Ezra 7:10) Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.

(Ezra 7:11-28) Ezra leads a second group of exiles back to the land. Persian king gives gold, animals for sacrifices etc.

(Ezra 8:1-20) A list of the heads of fathers’ houses who return with Ezra from exile in Bablon (457 B.C. First return was 539 B.C.)

(Ezra 8:21-23,31) Ezra’s company are delivered on journey because humbled and prayed and God’s hand upon them.

(Ezra 8:28) Ezra notes a connection between temple vessels and the people – they are both holy to God, belong in Jerusalem.

(Ezra 9:1-2) So much good in this book but ends sad with faithless intermarriage with the surroundings people.

(Ezra 9:3-4) Ezra’s grief – tore clothes, pulled hair from head, sat appalled. Others who trembled at God’s words gather to him.

(Ezra 9:5-15) Ezra’s prayer of confession and repentance on behalf of the remnant in their slavery & shame. They can hardly lift their heads

(Ezra 10:1-15) Covenant made to send away foreign wives and children, a drastic action.

(Ezra 10:16-44) Ezra began with good lists of returnees (evidence of God’s faithfulness). Ends with list of people who had been unfaithful.

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