Drastic Measures

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READ : Ezra 8-10 Having told the king of Persia that he trusted in God to care for him, Ezra does not dare to ask for military protection for the trip to Jerusalem. So he humbles himself before God and sets out in faith with the group he was bringing back from exile. Arriving in Jerusalem, Ezra is shocked to …

Return to Rebuilding

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READ : Ezra 5-7 Under pressure from neighbors who opposed it, the work of rebuilding the temple was halted. Good work must not only be started, it must be continued until the goal is reached. Is there any good work which you began but have laid aside? Take it up again. The Bible says, “Be not weary in well doing.” …

Rebuilding

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READ : Ezra 1-4 The first verses in Ezra are the same as the last verses in 2 Chronicles, making it clear that this is a continuation of the story. Ezra tells us of the return of the Jews from exile to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple. The church needs constantly to be rebuilt, to be reformed anew according to …

The End, But

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READ : 2 Chronicles 35-36 Because of his godliness, Josiah had been promised that the punishment which would come upon Judah would not come in his day. He died. But after his son had reigned only three months, he was deposed by the king of Egypt. The next king, Jehoiakim, did evil in God’s sight and was taken into exile …

Too Late

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READ : 2 Chronicles 33-34 Manasseh was especially wicked. “He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger” (33:6). In both the Old Testament and the New, we read of God’s love and of His wrath. Many churches today do not mention God’s wrath, thus distorting the biblical message. Sin fills God with righteous indignation. …