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Week 32 –  Ezra: 

God’s faithfulness to His people and His promised plan of salvation is beyond comprehension. First the nation of Israel split into two different kingdoms, but the Lord was faithful. Then both the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah began worshiping other God’s, but the Lord was true and continued to call them back to him. Both kingdoms continued in their idolatry, so the Lord, after a great deal of patience and trying to bring them back, used foreign nations to punish them and take them into exile. Even then the Lord was faithful and promised in Jeremiah 25:1-14 (our March 23rd  reading), that in 70 years He would bring His people back and punish Babylon. Last week God punished Babylon by destroying the nation by using the Persians. Babylon has fallen, but God’s people still haven’t been allowed to go home… until now.

 

Week 32 Readings

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April 14th, 2014 – Ezra 1:1-11 – God’s people are allowed to return


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April 15th, 2014 – Ezra 3:1-13 – The returning exiles begin to rebuild the temple

April 16th, 2014 – Ezra 4:1-24 – The enemies of Judah try to stop the rebuilding of the temple

April 17th, 2014 – Ezra 5:1-17 – Rebuilding of the temple begins again

April 18th, 2014 – Ezra 6:1-22 – Darius responds to the rebuilding and the temple is dedicated

April 19th, 2014 – Esther 1:1-22 – Queen Vashti disobeys King Ahasuerus

     Today we take a break from the story of Ezra and the first return of the Jews to Jerusalem. That break enables us to take a look at how God kept His people and His plan of salvation safe in exile. We are going to jump to the book of Esther and watch as God uses a smart and shrewd woman named, (surprise!) Esther, to foil a plot to destroy God’s people. Chronologically the book takes place in the time between chapters 6 and 7 of Ezra. This account occurs during the reign of King Ahasuerus, who is better known as King Xerxes. King Xerxes is the king who invaded Greece and fought King Leonidas and the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae.

  

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