Books of the Bible * Ezra and Nehemiah

Welcome to Sunday ! Where I post about faith,family and inspirational books. Hope this message uplifts you for the coming week :

So I start each Sunday with my journey through the books of the Bible :

Book of Ezra :

Purpose of Writing: The Book of Ezra is devoted to events occurring in the land of Israel at the time of the return from the Babylonian captivity and subsequent years, covering a period of approximately one century, beginning in 538 B.C. The emphasis in Ezra is on the rebuilding of the Temple

Theme of the book:

  • God’s Word and Worship 
  • Opposition and Faith
  • Restoration and Rededication 
  • God’s Sovereignty 

 I proclaimed a fast… that we might humble ourselves before our God: Ezra understood the spiritual power of fasting, as a demonstration of our single-minded devotion to God and His cause. Therefore, he called a fast, and saw that He answered our prayer.

Book of Nehemiah :

What is Nehemiah known for?

Nehemiah, also spelled Nehemias, (flourished 5th century bc), Jewish leader who supervised the rebuilding of Jerusalem in the mid-5th century bc after his release from captivity by the Persian king Artaxerxes I. He also instituted extensive moral and liturgical reforms in rededicating the Jews to Yahweh.

The book of Nehemiah shows us the kind of significant impact one individual can have on a nation. Nehemiah served in secular offices, using his position to bring back to the Jews order, stability, and proper focus on God.

remember me, O my God, for good; to bless him with all good things, temporal and spiritual, to keep him faithful, to make him useful in church and state, and protect him from all his enemies: or rather this may respect what goes before, that as to the wood offering and the firstfruits, that God would graciously remember him as to them, since the one was as necessary to the altar as the other was to those that minister at it.

Thanks for coming along on my bible journey – see you next week: Lisa

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