Read Ezra 6 -- 7
Darius' decree to complete the
The prophets Haggai and Zechariah reminded the Israelites in
Nothing is recorded about the Jews in
Ezra was born during the Babylonian captivity. He was a descendant of
Ezra was committed to seeking, doing, and teaching God's Word. This should be a reminder that if we want God to bless our lives, we too must set our hearts upon the whole counsel of God. Daily we must prepare our hearts and minds for spiritual warfare, which is why Paul instructed the Ephesians to put on spiritual armor: Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench (put out, extinguish) all the fiery darts (arrows, shots) of the wicked. . . . take . . . the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:16-17).
Ezra is an example of how God will use anyone who will take His Word seriously, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (II Timothy 2:15).
Through the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Ezra 6:22). Jesus is the Bread of Life (John 6:35) and He was without sin(Hebrews 4:15); leaven is symbolic of sin.
6:1 house of the rolls = building where records were kept on scrolls; 6:4 king's house = royal treasury; 6:15 Adar compares with Feb/Mar; 7:21 the river =
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Memory Verse for the Week: II Timothy 4:4