Ezra

Ezra 7-10

We travel back to Jerusalem to the rebuilding of the temple.  Guess how long that gap was between chapters 6 and 7?  60 Years!   It has been 80 years since the first captives were set free.

It opens with a genealogy of Ezra.  It is very important that we know Ezra is from the line of Aaron.  He is a scribe FROM the High priesthood family.  Ezra received a letter to carry with them on their trip kind of like a “passport” in case they ran into trouble.  The letter had 5 points:

  1. authorized them to go and appoint magistrates and judges
  2. provide funds to purchase sacrifices and temple vessells
  3. requires the Trans-Euphrates to give them supplies
  4. prohibited charging them taxes
  5. authorized Ezra to teach the

In chapter 8 we read the journey.  The trip was about 900 miles and they were carrying 65 tons of gold and silver that were given to them by Atexerses (Xerxes’ son).  This was a dangerous trip and Ezra led them through it in fasting and prayer for protection.

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Chapter 9 we run into an old problem.  The very issue that caused stress when entering the promised land.  Marrying outside their faith!  Ezra prays for the nation: he begins with his own confession and humbles himself.  Then he changes to “we” and “our” (NOT look what they have done!)

The chapter ends with national repentance and all eyes and hearts are on the Lord!

FIVE MORE DAYS!!

Sep 26: Neh 1-5
Sep 27: Neh 6-7
Sep 28: Neh 8-10
Sep 29: Neh 11-13; Ps 126
Sep 30: Malachi

6 thoughts on “Ezra 7-10

  1. Chapter 10 v:3
    They send away the wives and kids.
    It’s funny that with all the fighting the Israelites do with God, they didn’t argue this time.
    I figured they’d try to say but God can’t you save them also?!

    I thought back to when they entered the promise land and God tells them to annihilate the people in the land. Kill them all, and burn everything.
    (They were completely evil.) sacrificing babies, burning them alive, etc.

    I was asked the other day, “what about the people who haven’t heard the gospel.”
    I’ll save you my big drawn out answer, but it makes me think of reads like this…
    I think a good question is, “ even if the unbeliever heard the gospel, would it change their mind anyway?
    Or is their heart so set on evil that they’re essentially already gone.

    To put it another way, when you look at the unbelievers around you,
    How many of them are:
    1. Earnestly seeming the truth about God and the universe, the beginning, etc.

    OR

    2. They completely reject the idea of God altogether as if they have a vengeance towards him…

    Most unbelievers I meet are #2.
    And I see why God sees them as a cancer to his community.

    So long story short, I wonder if these women and kids are #2’s…. just completely against God.

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    1. Lucas, this is so interesting that you say this: I was asked the other day, “what about the people who haven’t heard the gospel.”….You chose #2 (they have heard it and rejected it). I am going to text Rachel Lovingood and let you hear her take on it…🙃 We actually collaborated on this topic of “assumptions” many years ago…

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      1. OK I’m late to the party. But it’s a really interesting discussion. When Trish and I talked about assumptions partially it was because I was so guilty of making assumptions about people. And where their heart is. That is definitely something that is Gods job and not mine. I do know there are plenty of stories and scripture that I will never truly and totally understand but it’s great to try to figure them out as long as I don’t get hung up on them.

        More recently, God has brought me to the parable of the sower that we are just a few days away from reading in the readthrough. And he’s pointed out to me that my job as a believer is not to judge the soil of someone’s heart but to be the sower to be the farmer who scatters the seed and trust that God will take it where it supposed to go. If that helps…Unfortunately too many of us who call ourselves Christians have become soil inspectors instead of sowers

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        1. I am so stealing that…soil inspectors! I remember on one of our Sundays when I would come to lay on your floor while you were cooking and ask you questions (or tell you what bothered me about church that day….ha!) David had told an analogy about falling into a septic tank-how God replaced us and He fell in for us. It was the Gospel. You turned and said “you never heard that He died specifically for you? I just assumed you had heard that and rejected it”

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  2. Where these women and children able to adapt the Jewish ways and stay with their husband? Or were they just “put away”…and what does that mean?

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    1. Kabur…typically they returned to their families. I hope that mends your “mom” heart a little. But to answer could they adapt, the answer is no. The Israelites were adapting to the pagan rituals instead. It makes sense if you think about it…which is easier? Just like when they entered the Promised Land they were to completely rid the land of all the enemies, including women and children BECAUSE our flesh is weak…but they didn’t…and it was a slippery slope.

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