EZRA 7

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Ezra 7:1-10

EZRA AND ME

 

EZRA WAS A PRIEST. I AM A PRIEST Vss. 1-5, 1 Peter 2:9

EZRA WAS A PILGRIM. I AM A PILGRIM Vss. 6-9, 1 Peter 2:11

EZRA WAS PREPARED, I AM TO BE PREPARED Vss. 10, 6, 2 Timothy 2:15

 

 

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Ezra 7:10

A NEW YEAR'S EXAMPLE

 

As we approach another New Year, it is always good to have an example follow. Consider Ezra the Scribe.

 

EZRA'S PURPOSE - "For Ezra had prepared his heart"

 

EZRA'S PURSUIT - " to seek the law of the LORD,"

 

EZRA'S PRACTICE - "... and to do it,"

 

EZRA'S PROCLAMATION - "... and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments."

 

 

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Ezra 7:10

A ROLE MODEL

 

George Headley Sr. and Jr. were both pastors, ministering mostly in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Both father and son modeled for me what it takes to be a pastor.

 

Ed and Janet Apgar are parents of children a little older than ours.

When their boys were teens, Ed and Janet showed us how to deal with that age group through their example.

 

Role models are helpful. There are many role models in the Bible, and one of my favorites is Ezra. He is a great role model for pastors and laymen. Begin your message by sharing a little about Ezra.

Then stress that he was able to accomplish all that he did because he had a prepared heart. Ezra, as role model, teaches us to do three things:

 

SEEK GOD'S WORD - ",,,to seek the law of the Lord..."

SHOW GOD'S WORD - "...and to do it..."

SHARE GOD'S WORD - "...and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments."

 

You don't have to be a preacher to study God's Word, live God's Word, and share what God has taught you.

 

 

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Ezra 7:11-28

MISSION FOR THE KING

 

Ezra was a Godly man who was sent back to Jerusalem by the King of Persia. The King gave Ezra a letter of commission.

 

EZRA'S RETURN - Vss. 11-14

He was go back to the land of his ancestors to Jerusalem.

He was to inquire concerning spiritual well being of the people in Judah and Jerusalem.

 

EZRA'S RESOURCES - Vss. 15-24

Ezra was to take back contributions from the king and his counselors, and the contributions of those in Babylon willing to give. Vss. 15-16

Ezra was to buy was necessary to perform worship in Jerusalem. Vss. 17-18

Ezra was to take vessels that were given for the service of the house of God in Jerusalem. Vs. 19

Ezra had access to the king's treasure house for whatever else was needed. Vss. 20-23

Ezra and the religious leaders were to be tax-free. Vs. 24

 

EZRA'S RESPONSIBILITIES - Vss. 25-26

Ezra was to appoint magistrates and judges.

Those who disobeyed were to be punished.

 

EZRA'S REJOICING - Vss. 27-28

Ezra rejoiced because he knew that God had spoken to the King's heart and had given Ezra favor in the eyes of the king and his counselors.

 

 

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