Monday, April 16, 2012

Ezra (Bible in 90 Days)

I don’t really know much about Ezra. He doesn’t seem to win the spotlight in bible lessons on Sunday Morning. However, after reading his story, I’m amazed. I want to know much more about the man of God.

Ezra’s entire life was devoted to God. He was a priest, a scribe and a great leader. To make him even more perfect his name means “help.” And that’s exactly what he did, he helped people. He wrote several books of the bible and led a council to compile the Old Testament canon. Ezra taught the people of Israel about God and led them back to a holy lifestyle with God in the center.

When the Israelites came back home it was a fresh start. They came to rebuild the Temple to God and rededicate their lives to him. As they began to build alters and temple foundations the local occupants temporarily halted the project with accusations and rumors. The prophets encouraged the people and try to clear confusion until finally King Darius decrees the Temple to be finishes. And it was.

This is a very good description of Ezra:
“For Ezra had devoted himself to study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.” Ezra 7:10

Ezra knew the law because de devoted his life to studying it. But more importantly, he followed it. He became a great leader and taught the Israelites how to be better people. When he found out about their sins and disobedience, he was deeply touched and led the people back to God.

Ezra is a man to follow. Strive to be like him—a humble, obedient server who commits his life entirely to God.

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