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Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah …. Biblical Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah Ezra Teaches The LawNehemiah Builds The Walls.

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  • Slide 1
  • Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah
  • Slide 2
  • Biblical Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah Ezra Teaches The LawNehemiah Builds The Walls
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  • Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah Cyrus Decrees The 1st Return Ezra 1 Ezra begins where the chronicle record in 2 Chron 36:14-23 ends God allowed Jerusalem to be destroyed its citizens to be taken away captive The chronicler concludes by mentioning Cyrus & his decree to rebuild Jerusalem
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  • Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah Cyrus Decrees The 1st Return Ezra 1 The 1st year of Cyrus v. 1a 538 B.C. His decree fulfilled what Jeremiah prophesied Jer 25:11-12 29:10 This is more evidence of the inspiration and certainty of the word of God Isa 55:11 Mt 24:35
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  • Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah Cyrus Decrees The 1st Return Ezra 1 The Lord stirred His spirit vv. 1b-2 Though not stated, it is evident God accomplished this through His word For Cyrus to know God appointed him to build the temple necessitated knowledge of Isaiahs prophecy Isa 44:28
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  • Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah Cyrus Decrees The 1st Return Ezra 1 He addresses 2 groups vv. 3-4 Those who returned v. 3 He invoked Gods blessings upon them Those who chose to stay behind v. 4 They were to financially support the returning remnant with gold, silver, goods, cattle, and a freewill offering
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  • Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah Cyrus Decrees The 1st Return Ezra 1 He addresses 2 groups vv. 3-4 Re: those who chose to stay behind All Jews were encouraged by Jeremiah to seek the welfare of the land to where they were being sent Jer 29:1-7 Now, they can all go homehowever, some chose to stay where they were
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  • Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah Cyrus Decrees The 1st Return Ezra 1 Ezra records those who returned v. 5 The heads of families, priests, Levites, and everyone who was stirred to go back Detailed more specifically 2:1-63 Ezra records those who stayed v. 6a Their task to was financially support their brethren forming the returning remnant
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  • Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah Cyrus Decrees The 1st Return Ezra 1 The remnant is encouraged vv. 6b-11 By the Jews who stayed behind v. 6b They supplied them with all the things Cyrus had commanded By Cyrus himself vv. 7-11 He restored the articles Nebuchadnezzar took 70 years earlier 2 Kings 24:13
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  • Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah Cyrus Decrees The 1st Return Ezra 1 The remnant is encouraged vv. 6b-11 Identifying Sheshbazzar v. 8 Appointed governor by Cyrus 5:14 He laid the temples foundation 5:16 A Chaldean name Many students believe this was another name for Zerubbabel Hebrew name
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  • Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah Listing The Remnant Ezra 2 Ezra records the number of those who returned under Zerubbabel in 536 B.C. It numbered just under 50,000 vv. 64-65 It is more than just a list of those who came back to Jerusalem It is an honor roll of spiritually-minded, post-captivity Jews
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  • Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah Listing The Remnant Ezra 2 Ezra records the number of those who returned under Zerubbabel in 536 B.C. It lists those who accepted the challenge of leaving prosperity behind to journey back to a devastated land and rebuild it from its ruins
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  • Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah Listing The Remnant Ezra 2 Ezra records the number of those who returned under Zerubbabel in 536 B.C. Dont lose sight of the bigger picture More was involved than just rebuilding a tattered & torn city The rest of the Bible story depended upon this rebuilding Isa 2:2-3 Lk 24:46-47
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  • Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah Listing The Remnant Ezra 2 The way the kingdom ended was a fair and just punishment God told Jeremiah to pray for the Jews no longer Jer 7:12-34 The final indicatorGod removed His glory from the temple Ezek 10:18
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  • Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah Listing The Remnant Ezra 2 The way the kingdom ended was a fair and just punishment Earlier than 586 B.C., God indicated He was through with His people Hos 5:1-7 These statements and actions are final in natureGod had seen enough !!
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  • Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah Listing The Remnant Ezra 2 Despite Gods judgment, the remnants return emphasize once again His patient longsuffering 2 Pet 3:9 To allow His people another chance to go back home and rebuild a place they had destroyed shows His mercy & grace
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  • Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah Listing The Remnant Ezra 2 Solving priestly problems vv. 61-63 Some were serving as priests once the remnant returned However, they could not verify their ancestry Num 16:40 The governor decided they were to be removed from service
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  • Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah Listing The Remnant Ezra 2 Solving priestly problems vv. 61-63 This issue would be resolved once a high priest could receive Divine revelation with Urim & Thummim Ex 28:30 Num 27:21 This was importantstarting over necessitated doing things the right way (the God-approved way)
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  • Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah Listing The Remnant Ezra 2 The contributions vv. 68-69 The heads of family groups made their contributions for the temple foundation This was strikingly similar to what took place centuries earlier re: the Tabernacle Ex 25:2-7 35:4-9
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  • Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah Listing The Remnant Ezra 2 The contributions vv. 68-69 Contributing was how they maintained a personal sense of ownership This was a willing sacrifice POINT everyone needs a sense of belonging to something greater than themselves
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  • Lessons From Ezra & Nehemiah