This week’s podcast provides a brief overview of the book of Ezra. The story of 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles, and Daniel continue in Ezra where we read about God’s continuing faithfulness to His people. After 70 years in exile, He fulfills the promise He made to His people in Jeremiah 29:
“‘When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.'” (vv. 10-14)
The book of Ezra tells the stories of 2 of the 3 returns from exile. The first was led by Zerubbabel to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem, and the second was led by Ezra to bring spiritual reformation to God’s people in Jerusalem.
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