Bible Time Period:Return
You brought the exiles back to Canaan; they rebuilt the Temple and Jerusalem and were taught once more from your Law: Rebuild my broken heart and life as I return to you.
Ezra was a scribe, or teacher of the Law of Moses, who had devoted himself to studying and teaching God’s word. He descended from a high priestly line that went back to the days of David and Solomon. In chapter 7, he is sent to Jerusalem with the second wave of exiles. In chapters 9-10, Ezra finds that in spite of God’s mercy, some of the people have married foreign wives, which is one of the things that got them into trouble to begin with as that led to idolatry. Ezra’s solution may seem radical to us but it was necessary at that time for a new start. The people are fresh back from generations of exile. They need to return to God wholeheartedly and follow him alone.
Why is Ezra sent to Jerusalem, and what help does he receive?
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