Day Thirty One – Kings, Inspiration, and Encouragment

We are now on Day 31 of our reading through the Bible in ninety days. I pray you are not only learning about God, His people, God's work with His people, His mercy and grace; but that you are also being blessed by the Spirit of God convicting you of your sin, and convincing you …

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Day Twenty Eight – David, Solomon, and the Temple

Our Scripture reading for today is 1 Chronicles 23 - 2 Chronicles 4. I know as I read through this this morning there were names of the Levites, soldiers, mighty men, artisans who would make the designs and so on, and so on. I did mark a few verses that stood out to me as …

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Standing With The King

"Now this is the copy of the letter that the king Artaxerxes gave unto Ezra the priest, the scribe, even a scribe of the words of the commandments of the LORD, and of his statutes to Israel. 'Artaxerxes, king of kings, unto Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law of the God of heaven, …

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Rebuilding

"And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem. Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and builded the altar of the God …

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Marriage with the Nations

What does the Bible say about the child of God marrying the unrepentant sinner in the world?  This was a problem which became evident with Ezra as he looked at the many leaders when they returned to Jerusalem.  How would or how should the Christian today handle such things? Hear Ezra's heart: "O LORD God …

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A Warning to Rabble-Rousers and Trouble Makers

Please read Ezra 4 - 6... King Cyrus had given a decree for the Jewish people to return to their land, to Jerusalem, and to rebuild the temple.  Ezra was the man leading the building of the temple.  Many  of the people who were in the land tried to dissuade, and discourage them in the …

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The Word of G0D Fulfilled

Reading in Ezra chapters 1 - 3 for today, the very first verse gives us the above title... "Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he …

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The Temple Rebuilt

These events take place following the 70 years which Jeremiah had prophesied (Jeremiah 25:11).  Ezra is God’s man for returning to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple which was razed by the Babylonians and carried many captives of the land away.  Ezra had been faithful to God and His word through all the time of his …

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GOD’S Servant Kings and Leadership

"Also I have made a decree, that whosoever shall alter this word, let timber be pulled down from his house, and being set up, let him be hanged thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill for this. And the God that hath caused His name to dwell there destroy all kings and people, …

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Returning People, Leaders Lay Foundation, and Worship God

"And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the LORD, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the LORD, after the ordinance of David king of Israel. And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto …

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