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April 23, 2019

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Reading along with us in Ezra? Here’s today’s reading:

Ezra 2 (ESV)

And he said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak with you.”And as he spoke to me, the Spirit entered into me and set me on my feet, and I heard him speaking to me…..Continue Reading

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  1. 68Some of the heads of families, when they came to the house of the Lord that is in Jerusalem, made freewill offerings for the house of God, to erect it on its site. 69According to their ability they gave to the treasury of the work

  2. Ezra 2 The Son of Joseph Alfred Douglas has learned to pronounce Biblical names with a greater degree of proficiency than I Did in the past………

  3. Family lineage was very important to the Jews as it affected what roles they would play in the temple and the society. Ezra 2 makes that clear as different family groups are identified and certain people are restricted from service due to not being able to validate their lineage. It reminds me of all the prophecies of Messiah that showed what his true lineage was and how important that was to the Jews and us…

  4. Ezra 3
    . 11And they sang responsively, praising and giving thanks to the Lord,
    “For he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever toward Israel.”
    And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid

  5. The Census of David is said to have recorded 1,300,000 males over twenty years of age, which would imply a population of over 5,000,000. The number of exiles who returned from Babylon is given at 42,360.

  6. Ezra 2:2 (ESV)
     They came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah. The number of the men of the people of Israel:

    I was thinking that the Nehemiah mentioned here is the same who is written about in the book of Nehemiah but according to ESV study notes Nehemiah the cupbearer to the king and leader of rebuilding the walls does not come on the scene until a century later.

    The leaders of the community are named, with Zerubbabel, the main figure, and Jeshua, the priest, given pride of place (see also Hag. 1:12-14; Zech. 3:1-10; 4:7-10). Zerubbabel descended from King Jehoiachin (cf. 1 Chron. 3:16-19, where he is called Jeconiah), who was exiled in 597 b.c. and later given a place of honor in the Babylonian court (2 Kings 24:15; 25:27-30). Haggai recalls his royal lineage (Hag. 2:23; cf. Jer. 22:24). The other names in Ezra 2:2 are mostly unknown. (The Nehemiah who later rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem came almost a century after these first returnees; the Mordecai of the book of Esther was also much later, and did not return to Jerusalem. Rehum may be the same as in 4:8.) Some exiles may have taken Babylonian names, as occurs in the book of Daniel (e.g., Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; see Dan. 1:7).
    Lane T. Dennis, ed., ESV Study Bible, The: English Standard Version, (Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway Bibles, 2008), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Ezra 2”.

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