"For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments."
(Ezra 7:10 KJV)
The story in the Book of Ezra is one of redemption and deliverance. It emphasizes Our Awesome God's power and His keeping of His promises. Ezra was a contemporary of Nehemiah and lived in about 457 B.C. Ezra led a group of Jews from captivity in Babylon back to Jerusalem. The purpose of his journey was to restore the worship of God in the temple at Jerusalem.
Ezra was a scribe (scholar) of Our Awesome God. He was one of the first of a class of scholars dedicated to the knowledge and preservation of all the written and oral traditions of the Israelites. Ezra and those like him became the scribes, lawyers, and rabbis of Jesus’ day. Ezra was also a descendent of Aaron in the tribe of Levi, so he was a priest. The theme of Ezra’s life and work could be summed up by the phrase, “...the hand of the Lord my God was upon me...” (Ezra 7:28). Ezra used this phrase to indicate that God was blessing his work and to give God the credit for his success.
Ezra travelled from Babylon to Jerusalem, leading a group of Jews with money to help set up the Temple of Our Awesome God and the guards that King Artaxerxes had provided for their protection. Truly the hand of the Lord was upon him as Ezra had said because he got what he needed as God had set it up for him. Ezra knew the first five books of God's Word by memory so he knew the Jews were God's people.
Our Awesome God had His man set up to bring His Word back to His people after their captivity in Babylon and other countries. Ezra was a man who sought God and His Word and then put his belief into action. Are we people who seek God and His Word? This is important to know because God says, "seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you" (Matthew 7:7 KJV). If we aren't seeking more about God, what are we doing? God has so much to show us and tell us if we but look and listen.
Our Awesome God uses people like Ezra who are teachable, who listen, who are softhearted and are obedient to put God's requests into action. So put on your best and listen to His best to find the job and purpose He has just for you. Yes, our God has a job for you to further His Kingdom.
Join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others and reminding ourselves about His story, Jesus Christ's Salvation, and our eternal home with Him, trying to help them to understand Our Creator better. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour with a children's program called AWANA that goes until 7:30 PM. Prayer Meeting is on Wednesday at 7:00 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill