Rev. Peter Greiner
Sun 9 Sep
By now you have read Ezra Chapter Two and you are most likely thinking , “What can be gained from a study of these 70 verses, unless of course you want to expand your vocabulary of names.” When Paul wrote in the first century he indicated to those brand new Christians and a young pastor that “All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” What then does God desire to teach us of Himself and the way of righteousness?
Ezra Two reminds us that God is faithful to His Word and His promises. After 70 years God is moving His people back to Jerusalem. And such a movement shows that God is faithful to the promises He made to His prophet Jeremiah. This prophet mentioned in Ezra One had foretold that God would bring His people back to Jerusalem after 70 years.
If God honours such a promise what other promises contained in God’s Word does God also honour. Jesus at one point told His followers that He was going to prepare a place for them and when He had done that He would come back for them. What a great promise! Jesus told His followers He would never leave them or forsake them. Another amazing promise God will honour. What promises of God do you find comforting and encouraging? Why not share them with someone? Are there promises you find disturbing?