Ezra and Nehemiah
We just finished up studying Daniel which was written during the exile of the Jewish people to Babylon. In the last chapters of Daniel, he pleads to God to fulfill His promise of the Jews returning to Jerusalem, and God does. King Cyrus sent the Jews back to Jerusalem so they could re-build a temple to God, which Cyrus thought would bring favor to his kingdom. The first waves of Jews were returning to their homeland as Daniel remained behind in his administrative duties in the kingdom. We begin studying the books of Ezra and Nehemiah tomorrow which pick up shortly after the Jews began returning and follow the people who were called to do God’s work of re-building the temple and re-building the faith on God’s Word. These books also share Daniel’s theme that God is sovereign; He’s in charge and He’s in control, and He had a very good, perfect reason for the exile of the Jews — so that faith in God would no longer be limited by Israel’s border and could spread to the ends of the earth. It’s believed that Ezra who was a scribe and priest authored both Ezra and Nehemiah.
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