Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah - Session 5 (no audio available)

Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah - Session 5 (no audio available)

Scripture: Ezra 7:1-10
Sermon: Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah - Week 5 (no audio available)

Scripture: Ezra 7:1-10
Sermon: Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah - Week 5 (no audio available)

Now after this,  in the reign of  Artaxerxes king of Persia,  Ezra the son of Seraiah, son of Azariah, son of Hilkiah -this Ezra went up from Babylonia. He was a scribe  skilled in the Law of Moses that the Lord, the God of Israel, had given, and the king granted him all that he asked,  for the hand of the Lord his God was on him.

And there went up also to Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king, some of the people of Israel, and  some of the priests and  Levites, the singers and gatekeepers, and the temple  servants. And Ezra came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king. For on the first day of the first month he began to go up from Babylonia, and on the first day of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem,  for the good hand of his God was on him. For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.

-Ezra 7:1a,6-10

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By Jesse Campbell

I used to skim through the genealogies in the Old Testament; the lists of names that put your tongue in danger of being bitten when you try to pronounce them. They seemed directed at someone from a different era and context like a Jewish historian of Ezra's own day or some overachieving seminary student. Then, a reading of Ezra 7 struck me. These names connect Ezra to the roots of the priesthood itself and show an incredibly deep legacy of priests. God had been at work for generations before Ezra was born to equip Ezra for this work and now here we are reading from the Holy Spirit's work through Ezra's own legacy. The work God did through the decades between Aaron and Seraiah led to Ezra's being "a scribe skilled in the law of Moses, which Yahweh, the God of Israel had given." Such testimonies of entire lineages cause us to think about our own legacies and how God will work through our own descendants. It makes us stop for a moment and look over our shoulder, behind ourselves in time through family histories, to the spiritual lineages that brought us to where we are now. 

Ezra was walking into a complete mess while walking to Jerusalem, but "the hand of Yahweh his God was on him" according to verse 6. Again in verse 9, we see that "the gracious hand of his God was on him." God saw Ezra coming generations before he arrived on the scene and equipped him to this enormous task of restoring the proper worship of God.

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