Today, we were introduced to Ezra, who was described as a scribe in the law of Moses. He was sent out from babylon by the decree of Artaxerxes the king, as the Lord continued to show his favour to his people through the heathen kings.
Ezra prepared his heart to seek the Law of the Lord and to do it, and also to teach in Israel statutes and judgments. Artaxerxes decree was that Ezra and all others – priests, Levites, which are minded like him, should go up to Jerusalem with him. They were to go with gold, silver and other treasures freely offered from the king for the house of God, and also lots of money to buy animals for offerings.
Apart from these, the king further promised them his support for whatsoever they needed, to the extent that he even declared that those who served in God’s house should not be charged toll, tribute or custom. Ezra was given charge to set magistrates and judges over all the people, according to the law of Moses, and whosoever will not do the law of God and the king, was to be punished.
God’s hand was upon Ezra, and he strengthened him to go up as commanded, with the chief men of Israel.
Some verses to remember
vs 10: For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.
27-28 : Blessed be the LORD God of our fathers, which hath put such a thing as this in the king’s heart, to beautify the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem: And hath extended mercy unto me before the king, and his counsellors, and before all the king’s mighty princes. And I was strengthened as the hand of the LORD my God was upon me, and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me.