Over the last week or so I’ve shared some thoughts from Ezra 4-6. What happened to the exiles trying to rebuild the temple can happen to us today. Many times we face adversaries in life but our mighty God can provide shelter from the storms we face. Problems can best be overcome with prayer and by following His will.
The rebuilding of the Temple was put on hold for a long time but many continued to have the desire to see it through. The lesson for us is to encourage brothers & sisters in Christ by creating a picture of endless possibilities & through prayer, build confidence that all obstacles will be removed. Together, we will accomplish more than we could’ve ever dreamed.
They caught a break when King Darius ordered some research be done on finding the decree concerning the rebuilding of the temple of God. The good work would be finished. For us to build momentum and finish the good work, each believer like a stone in the construction of God’s house should sincerely believe that each obstacle will be overcome and enthusiastically act upon each task until completion; celebrating progress by praising God.
To continue the journey further into Ezra, below are questions to be used to stimulate thought about each block of reading.
What commission does Artaxerxes give regarding Ezra? What is Ezra’s response to the king’s action? How do you respond to God’s working in history?
To what extent do you trust God to provide the right person for each task in your group? Describe the successive actions of the exiles after they reach Jerusalem. Why do they do these things (See 7:14-20)?
To whom do the officials bring their report? Why? What is the people’s offense? What underlies their misconduct? What pollutions of the peoples are prevalent today?
How does Ezra’s behavior and prayer affect the Israelites? How does your group deal with corporate breaches of conduct? Think about changes that are needed. What can you do to have the courage needed to go out and start these changes?
Each day with God is a fresh start because we are forgiven. It can be an amazing day because Christ the difference maker assures that every struggle faced can be overcome. Spiritual growth is a daily process that requires continuous effort but the endeavor is slight compared to the regret one might feel if they never started the progress.
Check up on my posts over the next few weeks as I share some thoughts about each passage. My prayer is that some of the thoughts or ideas that come from my study and reflection of my journey through Ezra can be applied to your own life.