Our reading challenge for the day is Ezra 6-10. I’ll hit a few highlights. You make comments too and fill in the gaps. What strikes you as specially significant?
Ezra 6 - Darius the king had research done into past royal decrees. Because the building of the temple was previously approved he ordered it to continue and be funded. So construction did continue and the feasts of worship were restored.
Ezra 7 - By royal decree the priests and other leaders continue to go to Jerusalem as the official leaders of that region.
Ezra 8 - We have some lists of the priests coming to Jerusalem. More important is the attitude shown by Ezra. They had affirmed trust in God to protect them on their journey with priceless articles of worship. So they prayed and went. God was good to his word and brought them through safely.
Ezra 9 - See how Ezra prays for the sins of his people, as he is one of the people involved in their shame, though he himself is not. How do we pray for our communities?
Ezra 10 - As a result of Ezra’s prayer the people of Judah agree in repentance and set about the difficult task of reconciliation. Prayer for the people is powerful as our prayers are dependeont on God’s mercy.