TODAY'S NEW bible
We are currently
surveying the entire Old Testament, one Book at a time. Today it's the Book of
Ezra. You can read
Lessons, being archived daily, by "clicking"
Those that have been written thus far, I mean. Enjoy!
Ezra has only nine chapters. The
Book records the heroic attempt of a man named Zerubbabel,
leader of the Jews as they returned from Babylon back to the
Holy Land. After the "Babylonian Captivity" I mean. This
happened under the reign of King Cyrus of Persia.
Then after a thirty year delay
(an estimate) a second group returned from the diaspora. This
time led by a man named Ezra. Still, surely the majority of the
Jews remained in that foreign land. Unwilling to inconvenience
themselves and make the hard journey "Home."
We have the numbers. Of a whole
Nation ... only 49,897 joined Zerubbabel and still less, only
1,754 came back under Ezra! These are astounding figures! Of
those who stayed behind, count Mordecai and Esther ... of all
As far as "content" is concerned,
Ezra records the rebuilding of the Temple. It's "restoration"
anyway. The first six chapters tell the story. Then the last
three chapters tell of the reformation of the people! Much sin
had crept into their lives and Ezra was determined to preach
purity to their souls!
Someone read Ezra today. It is a
Book about 'Revival," to me this seems so anyway. Its 280 verses
will challenge you to attempt living a life, not in the "world,"
but in the land of "victory!"
Worshiping God (the Temple idea)
and pursuing purity and holiness (the separation from sin idea)
... clearly the two main themes of Ezra!
What a powerful little Book!
It's a shame that it is preached
so seldom these days.
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
I'll probably get an e-mail some
day, in the future, with someone telling me that he or she has
accepted the "challenge" and is studying Ezra. If so, you will
be thanking me, no doubt, for pointing you toward that little
Portion of Scripture.
Now ... to read these
"Bible Survey" Lessons collectively, just visit
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completed Psalm 23
Lessons are being saved for future study right
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Word of God!
older Zephaniah Lessons also have been transferred to the archived "Zephaniah Page" for safe storage. To study them
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eleven years of Verse-by-Verse work. Generally speaking, the older lessons
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