Category Archives: Ezra

Ezra 4:7-23; Nehemiah 1-2 — The power to change hearts

As I’ve mentioned earlier, the book of Ezra, at least by the interpretation I’ve been going by (namely that Xerxes and Artaxerxes are Xerxes I and Artaxerxes I respectively), is not chronological.  And chapter 4 of Ezra gives us the … Continue reading

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Ezra 9-10 — Marrying ourselves to the world

This is one of the more difficult passages for me to deal with in the sense that God says that he hates divorce, and yet basically Ezra commands those who had taken foreign wives to divorce them.  In some cases, … Continue reading

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Ezra 7-8 — The gracious hand of God

We now return to the book of Ezra.  Xerxes is now dead (he was assassinated by the commander of his own royal bodyguard), and his son Artaxerxes is now on the throne.  At that time, Ezra, a priest of God … Continue reading

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Ezra 5-6 — When we commit ourselves

It took a long time for the Israelites to commit themselves to the building of the temple, but finally, at the urging of Zechariah and Haggai, they once again got started. And once again, almost as soon as they got … Continue reading

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Ezra 4:4-5, 24; Haggai 1 — Getting our priorities straight

Before I go on, I should make some comments on the chronology of events going forward.  I’ve mentioned before that there is a lot of dispute among scholars about the timing of events, and the more I dig, the more … Continue reading

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Ezra 4:1-5 — Opposition

Things are about to become messy concerning the chronology of Ezra.  I think I’ve got a handle on it now, but as we go through the next several blogs, keep in mind that there is quite a bit of dispute … Continue reading

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Ezra 3 — Joy and regret

In this passage, we see several things.  First, we see the restarting of sacrifices and offerings, and the first Feast of Tabernacles in years. But we also see the start of the rebuilding of the temple.  And after the Israelites … Continue reading

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II Chronicles 36:20-23; Ezra 1-2 — Called by name

And so after about ten months, we finally come to the end of II Chronicles.  Sometimes I thought we’d never get to the end of Kings and Chronicles. But here, and at the beginning of Ezra, we see the return … Continue reading

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