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Ezra part 2, A study of Ezra 1:5, Ezra 1:6, and Ezra 1:7 - 11 including our Common Man's Commentary and study quiz

Ezra 1:5

"Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites - everyone whose heart God had moved - prepared to go up and build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem." NIV translation

We notice that it was God who prompted the people to go and rebuild the temple. This is a picture of the way we come to salvation in that we are called by God and respond to His call to our hearts. As Christians, our job in sharing the gospel is much the same as the servants that carried Cyrus' proclamation.

Ezra 1:6

"All their neighbors assisted them with articles of silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with valuable gifts, in addition to all the freewill offerings." NIV translation

In this verse we see that a movement of God is accompanied by the provision of God. We see that God's people did not leave for the work in Jerusalem empty handed. This is the same type of thing that happened when His people were brought up out of Egypt (see Exodus 12). The same thing applies to us today who are in Christ. 

If God has called you to do something, then, you should see the provision of the resources that are required. Too many these days are talking of their great ministry but then begging for someone else to provide the resources to do it and that is not the pattern for a great movement of God.

Ezra 1:7 - 11

"Moreover King Cyrus brought out the articles belonging to the temple of the Lord, which Nebuchadnezzar had carried away from Jerusalem and had placed in the temple of his god. Cyrus king of Persia had them brought by Mithredath the treasurer, who counted them out to Sheshbazzar the prince of Judah. This was the inventory: gold dishes 30 silver dishes 1,000 silver pans 29 gold bowls 30 matching silver bowls 410 other articles 1,000 In all, there were 5,400 articles of gold and silver. Sheshbazzar brought all these along when the exiles came up from Babylon to Jerusalem." NIV translation

In this passage we see not only the provision of God but the favor of God as the king gave back the things for service in the temple. The provision that we saw before was from surviving Jews while this favor is from the king who is a Gentile. In this, we see a picture of the coming church as described in Acts where Jew and Gentile work together for the kingdom of God.

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