The Persian King, Cyrus, conquered Babylonia, the country that had taken God’s people captive and led them into exile. God is about to do something wonderful through this foreign king who didn’t even know the God of Israel. Because Cyrus had pity on God’s people who desperately wanted to return to their homeland and to rebuild their temple, Cyrus gave orders that this happen. The Book of Ezra tells all about this.
Just imagine: a people who had been away from their homeland for about seventy years, are going to go home! When we sense the feelings that they must have had, we begin to appreciate the freedom we have to live in our homeland, and to worship God as God wants us to. May we never take these freedoms for granted, and always be thankful that we are able to pray and worship God as we have been created to do.
Tuesdays are dedicated to the Writings in the Hebrew Scriptures, those books with the exception of the Torah (the first five books of the Bible)
the Prophets and the Psalms.
In the season of Easter we read Proverbs 17 to 19 and Ezra.
This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion. An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick