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Tag: Ezra

  • Day 271 – Israel’s Foreign Wives

    Day 271 – Israel’s Foreign Wives

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read Ezra returns to the Holy Land. When he returns he finds that many people have intermarried. The Lord warned the people about not marrying non-Jewish spouses. God’s people were to be set apart and called to live differently. The people intermarrying weakens the bond of the Convent and losing […]

  • Day 270 – God’s Favor with Ezra

    Day 270 – God’s Favor with Ezra

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read Ezra is friends with Artaxerxes, the king of Persia. His blessings are not due to his own skill but because the hand of the Lord is upon him. Ezra proclaims the people should fast to humble themselves before God. He does not ask the king for protection since he […]

  • Day 269 – The Day of Small Things

    Day 269 – The Day of Small Things

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read that the temple rebuilding was stopped in Ezra 4 and started again in Ezra 5. Officials asked who gave them permission to do so. They forgot that Cyrus had sent the people back to the Holy Land with instructions. It is important to keep track of the details. After […]

  • Day 268 – Rebuilding the Temple

    Day 268 – Rebuilding the Temple

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we read in Ezra that the temple was rebuilt in Jerusalem. The people remember and long for the previous temple that was once there under Solomon. The new temple is smaller than before. This is both positive and negative. The positive is that the people remember was there before. The negative […]

  • Day 267 – Indifference and Apathy

    Day 267 – Indifference and Apathy

    Thoughts and Reflection Today we learn that Ezra fulfills the prophecy of Jeremiah. God allowed the people of Judah to go into exile not to destroy them but to reform them. They now have the ability to go home. The book of Haggai is only two chapters but there are three parts – Apathy, discouragement, […]