• Opportunism and Partiality

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  • Journeying to Judah

    Ezra 8:15–23

    Ordinarily, there is no contradiction between making plans for the future and trusting the Lord for the future. God uses our plans to accomplish His purposes, so we should not think that the plans that we make are necessarily opposed ...Read More

  • The Piety of Ezra

    Ezra 7:27–28

    When we make plans to secure the favor of others, how often do we entreat the help of God? As we set out to accomplish the mission that the Lord has given us, we must recognize that we will not ...Read More

  • Artaxerxes Sends Ezra to Judah

    Ezra 7:1–26

    God has given us not only His infallible and inerrant Word to guide us in the truth but also teachers whom He has equipped to instruct us in this Word. We should therefore pay heed to the godly and wise ...Read More

  • The Jews Complete the Temple

    Ezra 6:13–22

    Just as the returned exiles were faithful to God in an era of lesser glory, so must we be faithful to the Lord when things are difficult and we are not seeing much return on our work. The Lord wants ...Read More

  • Darius Supports the Jews

    Ezra 6:1–12

    Our God is sovereign over all, which means that He can redeem even the situations that seem most hopeless and turn the plans of our adversaries in our favor. He promises to do this for His people, whether in this ...Read More

  • Momentary Atheism

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  • Haggai and Zechariah Encourage the People

    Ezra 5

    The returned exiles continued the work God gave them because they were convinced that His eye was on them. As the Lord’s people today, we can likewise be confident that the Lord’s eye is on us. He will see through ...Read More

  • Work on the Temple Ceases

    Ezra 4

    Until the Lord casts all His enemies into the lake of fire, His foes will try to destroy His works. God’s people today, therefore, can expect opposition when they are serving Him and being used to build His kingdom, just ...Read More

  • Rebuilding the Temple

    Ezra 3

    Zechariah 4:10, addressed originally to the returned exiles, says that those who despised the small things of the new temple would rejoice. This implies that we should not despise what seem to be “small” moves of God, for from small ...Read More

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