Sunday, February 12th, 2016
Ezra is a book centered on fresh awakenings and new beginnings. Capturing the Sovereign God’s dedication to His covenant promises, the book is broken up into two sections governed by two different returns of the Jewish community from exile to the promised land. The first section, in chapters 1-6 focuses on the rebuilding of the temple while the second section chapters 7-10 focuses on Ezra as scribe and priest and his administration of God’s law. The book teaches us about God’s sovereignty and His faithfulness to His promises as well as our obligation to faithfulness, purity, and holiness.
As you read and study together, make sure to work hard at hearing from everyone that has gathered together. Pray for one another and be accountable to applying the word of God to your lives.
- Do you practice prayer and fasting?
- What role did the high priest play in ancient Israel?
- If Jesus is now our high priest, how do you see yourself in the Israelite people
- Why is it important to “humble ourselves before our God”?
- In our modern times, how do we interpret or perceive that “the hand of God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him”?