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Editor’s Note: We continue our series of blogs for those who are reading the Bible with us cover-to-cover this year. Interspersed with our thoughts on our daily reading, we want to provide some tips about reading the Bible in general.

Ezra: The Rebuilding Of Israel’s Worship

After seventy years of captivity and a change of world powers, the weak and pitiful Israel is allowed to return to a destroyed and conquered land. There they begin to rebuild the temple of Jerusalem under the leadership of two men. In this book we learn that in order to maintain that which is built, the spiritual character of the people must also be rebuilt. We look at each of these two projects as we read this book. First, we look at how …

Zerubbabel Rebuilds the Place of Worship (Ezra 1-6)

In this section we can see:

  • The end of the Babylonian captivity after 70 years of exile. (Ezra 1)
  • The return of the Israelites from captivity (Ezra 2)
  • The worship in Jerusalem restored by the Israelites. (Ezra 3)
  • The resistance to the rebuilding of Jerusalem. (Ezra 4)
  • The restoration of the Temple, which is resumed under the decree of King Darius. (Ezra 5-6)

There is a key lesson from this section of God’s Word: Even in captivity, God can move the world to give you freedom and release, if you trust him and draw close to him.

It is our hope that this background information helps a bit as you read on in the Bible.

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