No sooner is there joy in the beginnings of rebuilding the temple, when some jealous neighbors begin to make trouble. They question whether there was an official decree allowing the reconstruction. Thanks to King Darius, who came after his father, Cyrus, as King, they found the decree giving permission for the rebuilding of the temple, and King Darius made sure that it would continue.
Today’s reading introduces Ezra. It is many years after the completion of the temple, when the successor to King Darius, King Artaxerxes authorizes Ezra to come to Jerusalem and be the special priest to help the people understand God Word.
I love verse 6, where we learn that the gracious hand of the Lord was upon Ezra. Imagine how excited he must have been, to be the one to help God’s people fully return to God! Is there anything better that you could do with your life than to help others find God? You will always have God’s loving and gracious hand upon your life.
A Bible Breath on verse 6: Your gracious hand upon me.
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