Ezra the Scribe, a priestly descendant of Aaron 

Introduction to Ezra

Dearest Reader,

I want to introduce you to Ezra the Scribe, a priestly descendant of Aaron.

Ezra was a priestly descendant of Aaron. He was a scribe, a collector of words. It’s believed he penned Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah. He often wrote in the third person as he quoted his memoirs.

The book of Ezra bears his name, “Jehovah helps.”

I can relate to Ezra. I too am a collector of words, stacks of journals, and one good pen or three.

Ezra wrote what he learned and what he saw and experienced. Like any good writer, he paid attention.

He remembered, recorded, and left his legacy of words for you and me that we may not forget the God who helps.

Ezra the Scribe had access to government documents, and thus we have his compelling words.

His words point us to a faithful and steadfast God.

Because the truth is, in the midst of our unholy hard circumstances, we tend to lose sight of God. We forget God.

Ezra was a man who had tasted and seen that the Lord his God was good.

Ezra reminds us that it is in the midst of our unholy hard that a good Father does not lose sight of us. Nor does he forget us.

Ezra 7:10 describes the role of Ezra the Scribe: 

“For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.”

The ESV MacArthur Study Bible describes Ezra as a “strong and godly man.”

His heart was set to study the Law, to do it, and to teach the Law.

Dearest Reader, I don’t know about you, but I long to have a heart as Ezras’.

God had placed his good hand upon Ezra. (Ezra 7:9)

As we are searching for God, Ezra the Scribe points to the God who goes before us and prepares the way.

Ezra 1:1-3

“In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and also put it in writing:
Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: ‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and he has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Whoever is among you of all his people, may his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and rebuild the house of the Lord, the God of Israel—he is the God who is in Jerusalem.'”

God stirs the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to build him a house in Jerusalem. 

God prepares the way.

Though in the midst of our unholy hard, we are blind to what God may be doing. We are impatient in the unanswered prayers, unresolved circumstances. Because we cannot see him, we feel abandoned, forgotten, alone.

However, when we read the words of Ezra, we see the character of God. 

Our eyes are opened to see a God who goes before us. We count on our steadfast God because we have seen his faithfulness to those, like Ezra.

And the more we go to this, his well of Living Water, the more we see Him. The more we see Him, we know Him. The better we know Him, we trust Him and believe Him.

We set our hearts to study his word, to do his word, believe and declare as we do, he places his good hand upon us.

Dearest Reader, let us walk boldly and courageously from the knowledge of the character of a good, good Father who loves us and helps us.

Does his good hand upon us mean will not have hardships, suffering or loss? 

No!

What it means is we are not alone, unseen, unknown, nor abandoned.

“You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.”
Psalm 139:5

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