HAGGAI‬ ‭1‬:‭1‬ ‭‬‬

“On August 29 of the second year of King Darius’s reign, the Lord gave a message through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest.”‭‭ Haggai‬ ‭1‬:‭1‬ ‭NLT‬‬ God concerns himself with the details. He is concerned with the nuance. As the shortContinue reading “HAGGAI‬ ‭1‬:‭1‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭10‬:‭44‬ ‭‬‬

“Each of these men had a pagan wife, and some even had children by these wives.”‭‭ Ezra‬ ‭10‬:‭44‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Man is quick to dismiss his sin, but the scripture records each and every person who defiled Israel’s relationship with God through intermarriage. Out of tens of thousands, there were only 111 men who did this.Continue reading “EZRA‬ ‭10‬:‭44‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭10‬:‭7‬-‭17‬ ‭‬‬

“Then a proclamation was made throughout Judah and Jerusalem that all the exiles should come to Jerusalem. Those who failed to come within three days would, if the leaders and elders so decided, forfeit all their property and be expelled from the assembly of the exiles. Within three days, all the people of Judah andContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭10‬:‭7‬-‭17‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭10‬:‭6‬ ‭‬‬

“Then Ezra left the front of the Temple of God and went to the room of Jehohanan son of Eliashib. He spent the night there without eating or drinking anything. He was still in mourning because of the unfaithfulness of the returned exiles.”‭‭ Ezra‬ ‭10‬:‭6‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Too often, we are taught that once we confessContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭10‬:‭6‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭10‬:‭2‬-‭4‬

“Then Shecaniah son of Jehiel, a descendant of Elam, said to Ezra, “We have been unfaithful to our God, for we have married these pagan women of the land. But in spite of this there is hope for Israel. Let us now make a covenant with our God to divorce our pagan wives and toContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭10‬:‭2‬-‭4‬”

EZRA‬ ‭10‬:‭1‬ ‭‬‬

“While Ezra prayed and made this confession, weeping and lying face down on the ground in front of the Temple of God, a very large crowd of people from Israel—men, women, and children—gathered and wept bitterly with him.”‭‭ Ezra‬ ‭10‬:‭1‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Ezra was willing to be public with his humility and confession. What he didContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭10‬:‭1‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭9‬:‭13‬-‭15‬ ‭‬‬

““Now we are being punished because of our wickedness and our great guilt. But we have actually been punished far less than we deserve, for you, our God, have allowed some of us to survive as a remnant. But even so, we are again breaking your commands and intermarrying with people who do these detestableContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭9‬:‭13‬-‭15‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭9‬:‭10‬-‭12‬ ‭‬‬

““And now, O our God, what can we say after all of this? For once again we have abandoned your commands! Your servants the prophets warned us when they said, ‘The land you are entering to possess is totally defiled by the detestable practices of the people living there. From one end to the other,Continue reading “EZRA‬ ‭9‬:‭10‬-‭12‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭9‬:‭8‬-‭9‬‬‬

““But now we have been given a brief moment of grace, for the Lord our God has allowed a few of us to survive as a remnant. He has given us security in this holy place. Our God has brightened our eyes and granted us some relief from our slavery. For we were slaves, butContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭9‬:‭8‬-‭9‬‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭9‬:‭6‬-‭7‬ ‬‬

“I prayed, “O my God, I am utterly ashamed; I blush to lift up my face to you. For our sins are piled higher than our heads, and our guilt has reached to the heavens. From the days of our ancestors until now, we have been steeped in sin. That is why we and ourContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭9‬:‭6‬-‭7‬ ‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭9‬:‭3‬-‭5‬ ‭‬‬

“When I heard this, I tore my cloak and my shirt, pulled hair from my head and beard, and sat down utterly shocked. Then all who trembled at the words of the God of Israel came and sat with me because of this outrage committed by the returned exiles. And I sat there utterly appalledContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭9‬:‭3‬-‭5‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭9‬:‭1‬-‭4‬ ‭‬‬

“When these things had been done, the Jewish leaders came to me and said, “Many of the people of Israel, and even some of the priests and Levites, have not kept themselves separate from the other peoples living in the land. They have taken up the detestable practices of the Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites,Continue reading “EZRA‬ ‭9‬:‭1‬-‭4‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭8‬:‭21‬-‭23‬ ‭‬‬

“And there by the Ahava Canal, I gave orders for all of us to fast and humble ourselves before our God. We prayed that he would give us a safe journey and protect us, our children, and our goods as we traveled. For I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen toContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭8‬:‭21‬-‭23‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭8‬:‭15‬-‭20‬ ‭‬‬

“I assembled the exiles at the Ahava Canal, and we camped there for three days while I went over the lists of the people and the priests who had arrived. I found that not one Levite had volunteered to come along. So I sent for Eliezer, Ariel, Shemaiah, Elnathan, Jarib, Elnathan, Nathan, Zechariah, and Meshullam,Continue reading “EZRA‬ ‭8‬:‭15‬-‭20‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭8‬:‭1‬ ‭‬‬

“Here is a list of the family leaders and the genealogies of those who came with me from Babylon during the reign of King Artaxerxes:”‭‭ Ezra‬ ‭8‬:‭1‬ ‭NLT‬‬ In this passage of genealogies, we take note that, once again, families come to reform Jerusalem. These families are not simply groups of like minded people orContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭8‬:‭1‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭7‬:‭12‬-‭28‬ ‭‬‬

““From Artaxerxes, the king of kings, to Ezra the priest, the teacher of the law of the God of heaven. Greetings. “I decree that any of the people of Israel in my kingdom, including the priests and Levites, may volunteer to return to Jerusalem with you. I and my council of seven hereby instruct youContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭7‬:‭12‬-‭28‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭7‬:‭10‬ ‭‬‬

“This was because Ezra had determined to study and obey the Law of the Lord and to teach those decrees and regulations to the people of Israel.”‭‭ Ezra‬ ‭7‬:‭10‬ ‭NLT‬‬ There are many things that Christians determine is right to do but they fail at them miserably. They consistently build plans and set things inContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭7‬:‭10‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭6‬:‭16‬ ‭‬‬

“The Temple of God was then dedicated with great joy by the people of Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the people who had returned from exile.”‭‭ Ezra‬ ‭6‬:‭16‬ ‭NLT‬‬ For Christians, our greatest joy should be in the revelation of God’s sovereignty and its capacity to be personal in our dailyContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭6‬:‭16‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA 6:9-15

‘“Give the priests in Jerusalem whatever is needed in the way of young bulls, rams, and male lambs for the burnt offerings presented to the God of heaven. And without fail, provide them with as much wheat, salt, wine, and olive oil as they need each day. Then they will be able to offer acceptableContinue reading “EZRA 6:9-15”

EZRA‬ ‭5‬:‭11‬-‭12‬ ‬‬

““This was their answer: ‘We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and we are rebuilding the Temple that was built here many years ago by a great king of Israel. But because our ancestors angered the God of heaven, he abandoned them to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, who destroyed this TempleContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭5‬:‭11‬-‭12‬ ‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭5‬:‭5‬ ‭‬‬

“But because their God was watching over them, the leaders of the Jews were not prevented from building until a report was sent to Darius and he returned his decision.”‭‭ Ezra‬ ‭5‬:‭5‬ ‭NLT‬‬ The simple truth about our own success is that despite our meaningful sense of agency in this world, things cannot work againstContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭5‬:‭5‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭5‬:‭3‬-‭4‬ ‭‬‬

“But Tattenai, governor of the province west of the Euphrates River, and Shethar-bozenai and their colleagues soon arrived in Jerusalem and asked, “Who gave you permission to rebuild this Temple and restore this structure?” They also asked for the names of all the men working on the Temple.”‭‭ Ezra‬ ‭5‬:‭3‬-‭4‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Satan is called theContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭5‬:‭3‬-‭4‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭5‬:‭1‬-‭2‬ ‭‬‬

“At that time the prophets Haggai and Zechariah son of Iddo prophesied to the Jews in Judah and Jerusalem. They prophesied in the name of the God of Israel who was over them. Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and Jeshua son of Jehozadak responded by starting again to rebuild the Temple of God in Jerusalem. AndContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭5‬:‭1‬-‭2‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭4‬:‭12‬-‭23‬ ‬‬

““The king should know that the Jews who came here to Jerusalem from Babylon are rebuilding this rebellious and evil city. They have already laid the foundation and will soon finish its walls. And the king should know that if this city is rebuilt and its walls are completed, it will be much to yourContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭4‬:‭12‬-‭23‬ ‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭4‬:‭1‬-‭3‬ ‭‬‬

“The enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles were rebuilding a Temple to the Lord, the God of Israel. So they approached Zerubbabel and the other leaders and said, “Let us build with you, for we worship your God just as you do. We have sacrificed to him ever since King Esarhaddon ofContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭4‬:‭1‬-‭3‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭3‬:‭12‬-‭13‬ ‭‬‬

“But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.”‭‭ Ezra‬ ‭3‬:‭12‬-‭13‬ ‭NLT‬‬ God’sContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭3‬:‭12‬-‭13‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭3‬:‭8‬ ‭‬‬

“The construction of the Temple of God began in midspring, during the second year after they arrived in Jerusalem. The work force was made up of everyone who had returned from exile, including Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Jeshua son of Jehozadak and his fellow priests, and all the Levites. The Levites who were twenty yearsContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭3‬:‭8‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭3‬:‭6‬ ‭‬‬

“Fifteen days before the Festival of Shelters began, the priests had begun to sacrifice burnt offerings to the Lord. This was even before they had started to lay the foundation of the Lord’s Temple.”‭‭ Ezra‬ ‭3‬:‭6‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Before the people had reconstructed the temple, they began sacrificing to God. This is a sure fire prescriptionContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭3‬:‭6‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬-‭3‬ ‭‬‬

“In early autumn, when the Israelites had settled in their towns, all the people assembled in Jerusalem with a unified purpose. Then Jeshua son of Jehozadak joined his fellow priests and Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel with his family in rebuilding the altar of the God of Israel. They wanted to sacrifice burnt offerings on it,Continue reading “EZRA‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬-‭3‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭2‬:‭68‬-‭69‬ ‭‬‬

“When they arrived at the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem, some of the family leaders made voluntary offerings toward the rebuilding of God’s Temple on its original site, and each leader gave as much as he could. The total of their gifts came to 61,000 gold coins, 6,250 pounds of silver, and 100 robesContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭2‬:‭68‬-‭69‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭2‬:‭62‬-‭63‬ ‭‬‬

“They searched for their names in the genealogical records, but they were not found, so they were disqualified from serving as priests. The governor told them not to eat the priests’ share of food from the sacrifices until a priest could consult the Lord about the matter by using the Urim and Thummim—the sacred lots.”‭‭Continue reading “EZRA‬ ‭2‬:‭62‬-‭63‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭2‬:‭58‬ ‬‬

“In all, the Temple servants and the descendants of Solomon’s servants numbered 392.”‭‭ Ezra‬ ‭2‬:‭58‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Even the smallest number of people should be recognized in God’s economy. It should be noted that thousands returned from exile but less than 400 servants are counted in this passage. The menial and mundane may seem trivial byContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭2‬:‭58‬ ‬‬”

EZTA‬ ‭2‬:‭36‬-‭39‬ ‭‬‬

“These are the priests who returned from exile: The family of Jedaiah (through the line of Jeshua) 973 The family of Immer 1,052 The family of Pashhur 1,247 The family of Harim 1,017”‭‭ Ezra‬ ‭2‬:‭36‬-‭39‬ ‭NLT‬‬ About 4000 priests a crossed the Jewish exile wished to return home and fulfill their priestly duties in theContinue reading “EZTA‬ ‭2‬:‭36‬-‭39‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭2‬:‭68‬-‭69‬ ‭‬‬

“When they arrived at the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem, some of the family leaders made voluntary offerings toward the rebuilding of God’s Temple on its original site, and each leader gave as much as he could. The total of their gifts came to 61,000 gold coins, 6,250 pounds of silver, and 100 robesContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭2‬:‭68‬-‭69‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬ ‭‬‬

“Here is the list of the Jewish exiles of the provinces who returned from their captivity. King Nebuchadnezzar had deported them to Babylon, but now they returned to Jerusalem and the other towns in Judah where they originally lived.”‭‭ Ezra‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Though Ezra 2 is seemingly just a simple list of those returning fromContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬ ‭‬‬

“King Cyrus himself brought out the articles that King Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the Lord’s Temple in Jerusalem and had placed in the temple of his own gods.”‭‭ Ezra‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Nebudchednezzar was a proud man. We see in the book of Daniel how he viewed himself as a god. Though this wasn’t uncommon inContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭1‬:‭5‬-‭6‬ ‭‬‬

“Then God stirred the hearts of the priests and Levites and the leaders of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple of the Lord. And all their neighbors assisted by giving them articles of silver and gold, supplies for the journey, and livestock. They gave them many valuableContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭1‬:‭5‬-‭6‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭1‬:‭3‬ ‭‬‬

“Any of you who are his people may go to Jerusalem in Judah to rebuild this Temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, who lives in Jerusalem. And may your God be with you!”‭‭ Ezra‬ ‭1‬:‭3‬ ‭NLT‬‬ Cyrus was not a Jew. That being said, he did seek to worship the Jewish God. ThisContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭1‬:‭3‬ ‭‬‬”

EZRA‬ ‭1‬:‭1‬ ‭‬‬

“In the first year of King Cyrus of Persia, the Lord fulfilled the prophecy he had given through Jeremiah. He stirred the heart of Cyrus to put this proclamation in writing and to send it throughout his kingdom:”‭‭ Ezra‬ ‭1‬:‭1‬ ‭NLT‬‬ There is much to be said for the plans of men. When one manContinue reading “EZRA‬ ‭1‬:‭1‬ ‭‬‬”

NEHEMIAH‬ ‭13‬:‭4‬-‭31‬‬‬

“Before this had happened, Eliashib the priest, who had been appointed as supervisor of the storerooms of the Temple of our God and who was also a relative of Tobiah, had converted a large storage room and placed it at Tobiah’s disposal. The room had previously been used for storing the grain offerings, the frankincense,Continue reading “NEHEMIAH‬ ‭13‬:‭4‬-‭31‬‬‬”

‭‭NEHEMIAH‬ ‭10‬:‭28‬-‭29‬ ‭‬‬

“Then the rest of the people—the priests, Levites, gatekeepers, singers, Temple servants, and all who had separated themselves from the pagan people of the land in order to obey the Law of God, together with their wives, sons, daughters, and all who were old enough to understand— joined their leaders and bound themselves with anContinue reading “‭‭NEHEMIAH‬ ‭10‬:‭28‬-‭29‬ ‭‬‬”

NEHEMIAH‬ ‭8‬:‭1‬-‭18‬‬‬

“all the people assembled with a unified purpose at the square just inside the Water Gate. They asked Ezra the scribe to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, which the Lord had given for Israel to obey. So on October 8 Ezra the priest brought the Book of the Law before theContinue reading “NEHEMIAH‬ ‭8‬:‭1‬-‭18‬‬‬”

NEHEMIAH‬ ‭5:1-19‬ ‬‬

“About this time some of the men and their wives raised a cry of protest against their fellow Jews. They were saying, “We have such large families. We need more food to survive.” Others said, “We have mortgaged our fields, vineyards, and homes to get food during the famine.” And others said, “We have hadContinue reading “NEHEMIAH‬ ‭5:1-19‬ ‬‬”

NEHEMIAH‬ ‭4:1-23‬ ‬‬

“Sanballat was very angry when he learned that we were rebuilding the wall. He flew into a rage and mocked the Jews, saying in front of his friends and the Samarian army officers, “What does this bunch of poor, feeble Jews think they’re doing? Do they think they can build the wall in a singleContinue reading “NEHEMIAH‬ ‭4:1-23‬ ‬‬”

NEHEMIAH‬ ‭2:1-20‬ ‭‬‬

“Early the following spring, in the month of Nisan, during the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign, I was serving the king his wine. I had never before appeared sad in his presence. So the king asked me, “Why are you looking so sad? You don’t look sick to me. You must be deeply troubled.”Continue reading “NEHEMIAH‬ ‭2:1-20‬ ‭‬‬”

NEHEMIAH‬ ‭1:1-11‬ ‭‬‬

“These are the memoirs of Nehemiah son of Hacaliah. In late autumn, in the month of Kislev, in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes’ reign, I was at the fortress of Susa. Hanani, one of my brothers, came to visit me with some other men who had just arrived from Judah. I asked them aboutContinue reading “NEHEMIAH‬ ‭1:1-11‬ ‭‬‬”

HOSEA‬ ‭11:1-11‬‬‬

““When Israel was a child, I loved him, and I called my son out of Egypt. But the more I called to him, the farther he moved from me, offering sacrifices to the images of Baal and burning incense to idols. I myself taught Israel how to walk, leading him along by the hand. ButContinue reading “HOSEA‬ ‭11:1-11‬‬‬”

HOSEA‬ ‭9:1-17‬ ‭‬‬

“O people of Israel, do not rejoice as other nations do. For you have been unfaithful to your God, hiring yourselves out like prostitutes, worshiping other gods on every threshing floor. So now your harvests will be too small to feed you. There will be no grapes for making new wine. You may no longerContinue reading “HOSEA‬ ‭9:1-17‬ ‭‬‬”